Italian-Belgian street theater company

In this first grand show, Merilyn delves into the greatest classics of prestidigitation, for which she has trained tirelessly, guided by her perfectionism and great ambition: to develop her supernatural powers and defy the laws of the visible world.

In this clownesque solo act, Merilyn, drawing upon the audience’s energy, performs the rites and routines of mentalism, alchemy, and transformation, thus testing the scope of her occult powers, amidst a whirlwind of tricks: appearances, disappearances, divinations…

Audiences are invited to embark on this spectacular, absurd, and catastrophic journey and to support Merilyn in the pursuit of her uncertain dream. Even as illusion quickly turns to disillusionment, the show humorously and lightly reflects on the challenges of confronting our deepest ambitions.

Genre: Physical comedy, clowning, magic, slapstick
For: street and indoor performances / All ages  Duration: 30 minutes
By and with: Miriam Vender
Outside eye: Gonzalo Alarcón
Coaching: Gonzalo Alarcón, Miguel Cordoba
Scenography: Miriam Vender, Bernard Grimaldi, Le Vaisseau
Production: La Grande Lézarde
With the support of: La Roserai, Le Vaisseau

The Company

The Belgian company La Grande Lézarde emerged in 2019 with a strong motivation to blend clowning, physical theater, magic, object manipulation, and music in an artistic-artisanal approach.

Its new show, “Grandes Illusions,” offers a moment of escape from reality, nourishing the emotional being of the audience by presenting radiance of human beauty and fragility. It was created by the company’s founder, Miriam Vender.

Of Italian origin, Miriam began her journey into the world of clowning by encountering a series of teachers from all over the globe. In Italy, she acquired the basics from masters such as Jean Menningault, Pierre Byland, Leris Colombaioni, Emmanuel Lavallée, and Rita Pelusio. She then continued her journey in Belgium, crossing paths with Micheline Vandepoel, Carina Bonan, Tom Roos, Lory Leshi, Christophe Thellier, and Stephane Filloque. Next, she headed to Spain to explore the clowning universe with Eric de Bont and Virginia Imaz. In Luxembourg, she met Herve Langlois, and in France, she was inspired by the teachings of Emmanuel Sambeley and Fanny Giraud. Subsequently, her path led her to the International School of Comedic Acting SIAC in Reggio Emilia (Italy), and the “Escuela internacional de teatro Berti Tovias” in Barcelona (Spain).

Miriam has also enthusiastically explored a multitude of dances and body movement techniques for over 25 years.

Today, she also practices the chromatic accordion and singing.



25/09 "Festival des contes", Estaimpus, Belgique

3/10 Festival  "Les Tailleurs”, Écaussinnes, Belgique


4/06 “Parade Enchantée” Commune d'Etterbeek et bibliothèque Hergé, Bruxelles, Belgique

25/06 “La Ducasse”, Centre Culturel Senghor et bibliothèque Hergé, Bruxelles, Belgique

18/09 “Dimanche sans voiture”, Centre Culturel Archipel 19, Bruxelles, Belgique

10/11 Maison Heysel, Bruxelles, Belgique

6/12 Résidence Les Eglantines, Bruxelles, Belgique

7/12 Caritas, Bruxelles, Belgique

10 ,11,12/04 "Cabaret Caberdouche", Bruxelles, Belgique

27/12 El Paso, Leuven, Belgique


21/03 Home Arcadia, Bruxelles, Belgique

19/04 "Midi-Minuit’s de la Jongle’Rue" Louvain- la- Neuve, Belgique

18,19,20/05 "Graine de magie" et "Folle Illusion" Namur en mai, Belgique

24/05 Commune de Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Bruxelles, Belgique

30/07 "Zomer quartier d'été Melkriek", CC Uccle, Bruxelles, Belgique

7,8,9/07 "Folle Illusion", LaSemo, Enghien, Belgique

8,9/07 "Graine de magie", LaSemo, Enghien, Belgique

3/09 Festival "Saintes en fête", Saintes, Belgique

19/11"En Avant", Bruxelles, Belgique

22/11 "En Avant", Clowns Sans Frontières, Oignies en Thiérache, Belgique

26/11"En Avant", Clowns Sans Frontières, Belgrade, Belgique

6/12 Home Bellevue, Bruxelles, Belgique

8/12 Winter Pop, Bruxelles, Belgique

9/12 Fête des familles d'accueil, Marche en Famenne, Belgique

11/12 Villa Indigo, Bruxelles, Belgique

23/12 Résidence Roi Badouin, Bruxelles, Belgique


31/03, Festival Game Ovaire, Maison des cultures de S. Gilles, Bruxelles, Belgique

6/04 Villa Indigo, Bruxelles, Belgique

16/05 Home Beauport, Bruxelles, Belgique

Technical sheet Grandes Illusions




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