ARANCE – avoid shooting blacks


ARANCE – avoid shooting blacks

Pietro Marullo

ARANCE – avoid shooting blacks is about the link between migration and modern slavery. From the Agricaltural Revolution in Neolithique Era to the modern slavery;  from the revolts of migrants who work as seasonal workers to the dreams of the 20th century, from the link between Europe and Africa to the contemporary slums. The starting point is the “after Lampedusa”. What happens to the migrants who survive to the crossing of Mediterranean Sea or other borders?

Pietro Marullo and his team went to meet them. In Lecce, in Puglia – but it could be another region of southern Europe. They are “seasonal workers”, they are undocumented and they live concentrated in ghettos without water or electricity. Their shelters are made of tires, car seats, covers, and pieces of metal or plastic ends. Their undeclared work is very poorly paid. Racism and violence live daily. Farmers who once sold their oranges to Russia or the United States must now accept the prices set by large firms. At Lecce, Minut Maid is owned by The Coca-Cola Company. One day, seasonal dared to unite to revolt, resulting in more deaths, injuries and fears. We live in a time of displacement of crowds.

ARANCE – avoid shooting blacks is a fine art show, a no linear narration made by images, impressions, metaphors. The show escapes from reality as a wandering and discontinuous shape to go to the source, the cradle of humanity. It leads us into a dreamlike journey in the land of the subconscious to question, among the tattered wrecks and beauty of our humanity, the violence of the starry continent of Europe against the African continent, while the both are inextricably linked.

directed by Pietro Marullo

main assistant Noémi Knecht

performers Paola Di Bella, Noémi Knecht, Adrien Letartre, Jean Hamado Tiemtoré, Baptiste Toulemonde et GUESTS

sound design Jean-Noël Boissé

light design Marc Lhommel

scenography and costums Pietro Marullo, Bertrand Nodet et Anne-Sophie Grac


Co-Productions Théâtre de Liège, Théâtre Varia de Bruxelles.

The project was made with the favour of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles – Service du Théâtre, and with the artistic soustein of Jeune Théâtre National, of the ENSATT de Lyon, and of the Le Bouc Sur Le Toit Company.


Collaborations Cantieri Teatrali Koreja – Lecce (Italy), Théâtre Marni of Brussel, Centre des Arts Scéniques (Belgium).



The premier took place during the Festival Emulation 2015 at Théâtre de Liège.


duration: 1h


19th > 25th  April 2015Festival Emulation | Théâtre de Liège (Belgium)

23rd February > 5th March 2016Théâtre Varia de Bruxelles (Belgium)


Bx1 – Le Cour(r)ier Recommandé, 3 mars 2016 : Interview of Pietro Marullo – look at the video in french

Pure FM, Périscope, 2 mars 2016 : Interview of Pietro Marullo – Listen the podcast in french (9min25sec à 17min)

La Trois (RTBF), L’Invitation, 29 février 2016 : Meeting between Pietro Marullo and two guests – Look at the video in french

La Libre Belgique, Marie Baudet, 27 février 2016 : Critic : DU CIEL OÙ GRONDE L’ORAGE TOMBENT DES ORANGES  – Read all the paper in french

Rue du Théâ, Suzane Vanina, 27 février 2016 : Critic : UNE ORANGE BIEN AMÈRE – Read all the paper in french

Alter Echos, Manon Legrand, 26 février 2016 : Interview : LES ESCLAVES DU SUD DE L’EUROPE REMPLISSENT LES MARCHES DE BRUXELLES, PARIS ET BERLIN – Read all the paper in french

L’Echo, Bernard Roisin, 26 février 2016 : Interview + critic : L’INDUSTRIE ALIMENTAIRE A TOUJOURS BESOIN D’UNE MAIN-D’ŒUVRE BON MARCHE  – Read all the paper in french

Agenda Magazine, Gilles Bechet, 19 février 2016 : Interview de Pietro Marullo : LES RAISONS DE LA COLÈRE – Read all the paper in french

Watch an interview of Pietro Marullo :