FRATERNITÉ, Conte fantastique

Touring production
©Christophe Raynaud de Lage

In a dystopian future, an eclipse wipes out half of the human race. Those left behind can only wait for the day that those who have disappeared can return, while watching their own existence wind around the void they have left, year after year. Only a sense of community, a feeling that draws us towards others, can soothe the wounded hearts.

Piccolo Teatro Strehler

In FRATERNITÉ, Conte fantastique, Caroline Guiela Nguyen – born 1981 – a writer and director for theatre and cinema and associate artist for the Piccolo, imagines humanity struck by a sudden catastrophe; during an eclipse, half of the world’s population disappears in a matter of minutes. Those left behind have no idea where their loved ones have gone; all they are left with is immense and inconsolable suffering. The survivors, who speak different languages and come from different backgrounds, are cared for in “Care and Consolation Centres”, places of memory set up in schools and equipped with sophisticated technology. These centres monitor the planet’s tremors, seeking to predict the next eclipse, as well as the heartbeats of the survivors. They help them to record messages to send into space in a desperate attempt to trace those who have disappeared. For this story, Caroline Guiela Nguyen has chosen a company of professional and amateur actors; the fictional storyline serves as a cue for an examination of lives held in limbo when people have no idea of what has happened to their loved ones, a situation common to migrants, refugees and the victims of the endless wars that rage across the planet. “I love everything about the word “fraternity” – says the artist. – I like the fact that it is a process, a project that examines the question of alterity, but also of immediateness; recognising others as family, without hesitation, in the sense of members of a single human consortium”. We often tend to confuse this with the concept of “solidarity”, which is undoubtedly a wonderful and extremely powerful idea, but one that exists in the here and now, in the present. Instead, it is possible to nurture a sense of fraternity that is projected into the future without having experienced it in the past; I love this sensation, this act that remains eternally suspended”.

Duration: 180’ with interval

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The Playbill

FRATERNITÉ, Conte fantastique
written and directed by Caroline Guiela Nguyen
together with the entire artistic team
with Dan Artus, Saadi Bahri, Hoonaz Ghojallu, Maïmouna Keita, Yasmine Hadj Ali, Nanii, Pierric Plathier, Alix Petris, Lamya Regragui Muzio, Saaphyra, Vasanth Selvam, Anh Tran Nghia, Hiep Tran Nghia
artistic collaborator Claire Calvi, Paola Secret
sets Alice Duchange
costumes Benjamin Moreau
lighting Jérémie Papin
sound and musical creations Antoine Richard 
video Jérémie Scheidler 
dramaturgy Hugo Soubise, Manon Worms
original music Teddy Gauliat-Pitois, Antoine Richard
casting collaboration Lola Diane
furniture Atelier du Grand T, théâtre de Loire-Atlantique
costumes creation Ateliers du Théâtre de Liège
a Les Hommes Approximatifs production
produzione delegata Festival d’Avignon, Les Hommes Approximatifs 
in coproduction with Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe, ExtraPôle Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (a production platform supported by Région SUD Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur), La Comédie – centre dramatique national de Reims, Théâtre national de Bretagne – Rennes, Théâtre national de Strasbourg, Châteauvallon scène nationale, Théâtre de l’Union – centre dramatique national du Limousin, Théâtre Olympia – centre dramatique national de Tours, MC2: Grenoble, La Criée Théâtre national de Marseille, Le Grand T théâtre de Loire-Atlantique, Théâtre des Célestins – Lyon, La Comédie de Colmar – centre dramatique national Grand Est Alsace, La rose des vents – scène nationale Lille Métropole Villeneuve d’Ascq, Le Parvis Tarbes Pyrénées, Théâtre national de Nice, Théâtre du Beauvaisis – scène nationale
International coporductions Prospero – Extended Theatre (a project co-financed by the EU Europe Creative program), Théâtre national Wallonie-Bruxelles, Théâtre de Liège, Les théâtres de la ville de Luxembourg, Centro dramático nacional – Madrid, Dramaten – Stoccolma, Schaubühne – Berlino, Théâtre national Dona Maria II – Lisbona, Thalia – Amburgo, Festival Romaeuropa
with the exceptional support of Direction général de la création artistique
with the participation of Jeune théâtre national e dell’Institut français – Paris and Ensatt 
A show in French, English, Arabic, Vietnamese and Tamil, with Italian surtitles



Category of performance International Hosted Shows
Stalls full price € 40 | Discounted (under 26 and over 65) € 23
Balcony full price € 32 | Discounted (under 26 and over 65) € 20

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