Prix de la Critique is awarded every year at the end of the season by a jury composed of journalists specialised in the performing arts to the best performing arts from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. These awards, which are unique in French-speaking Belgium, wish to honour shows, directors and actors, actresses and actors, authors and others, scenographers and technicians 1).
Every winner gets a statue. A grant from the National Lottery was received to finance the making of a representative statuette of the Awards. François Schuiten designed the statue. Schuiten offers the Prix de la Critique a symbolic statuette: a new tribute to the living arts 2).
“I wanted ,” he says, “ to have the emotion of an opening, like a half-opened scene, but also an opening to the world that the theater teaches us to decipher. A world represented by two hemispheres of black resin with, at the heart of everything, the idea of diversity, as a fruit that opens, sensual, amazing. The flavours of this fruit are wood species, clear or dark, as the world in its diversity, forming intertwined contrasts, a multitude of actors: it is the scene of the world. This intermingling of wood in the heart of the star will be arranged differently by the master craftsman Karl-Heinz Theiss, making the object unique ” 3).
François Schuiten and Karl Theiss discuss their sculpture for Prix de la Critique in this video by RTBF 4).