Dans la mesure de l’impossible


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Born from encounters with humanitarian workers from the International Red Cross and Doctors without Borders, the play tells the story of the lives of these contemporary heroes, their fragilities, and weaknesses, as well as the tireless commitment to bringing relief and aid, and thus keeping evil at bay.

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His mother a doctor and his father a journalist, Tiago Rodrigues has often asked himself why he has chosen to express the world, rather than saving it with more concrete actions. In creating Dans la mesure de l’impossible, he set off to explore the Geneva Conventions and the humanitarian workers that uphold it. His encounter with people working for the International Committee of the Red Cross and for Doctors without Borders instilled in him a desire to see the world through their eyes, and to write a theatrical work that speaks of their experiences. “All professions are important—explains Rodrigues—but to my mind those based on care are the most sacred. Close proximity to violence, danger, and suffering, as well as to dignity and resilience, provides those who work in this field with a view of the world that we are unable to see”. Based on first-hand accounts, this multilingual play illustrates the dilemma of committed men and women who fight every day for a better world, despite being aware that they cannot change it. It speaks of their schizophrenic existence, in a continuous to-and-fro between areas of the planet devastated by humanitarian crises and the surreal tranquility of their homes.

Duration: 120’

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The Playbill

Dans la mesure de l’impossible
written and directed by Tiago Rodrigues
translated by Thomas Resendes
sets Laurent Junod, Wendy Tokuoka, Laura Fleury
music Gabriel Ferrandini
lighting Rui Monteiro
sound Pedro Costa
costumes and artistic collaboration Magda Bizarro
with Adrien Barazzone, Beatriz Brás, Baptiste Coustenoble, Natacha Koutchoumov and Gabriel Ferrandini (musician)
a Là Comédie de Genève production
an Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe – Paris, Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa, Teatro Nacional D. Maria II – Lisbona, Equinoxe – Scène nationale de Chateauroux, CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del FVG – Udine, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Théatre national de Bretagne – Rennes, Maillon Théatre de Strasbourg – Scène européenne, CDN Orléans – Val de Loire, La Coursive Scène nationale La Rochelle co-production
with the collaboration of CICR – Comité International de la Croix-Rouge and MSF – Médecins sans frontières

special thanks to the Department of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Mediations of the University of Milan “La Statale”
A show in French, English and Portuguese with Italian and English surtitles. The Italian surtitles text is by Valeria Illuminati and Vincenzo Arsillo



Category of performance Festival
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Balcony full price € 32 | Discounted (Under 26 and over 65) € 20

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