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Les subsistances

Laboratoire international
de création artistique – Lyon

Archives - Saison 2013 - 2014

Dans la république du bonheur

Author Martin Crimp / By Marcial Di Fonzo Bo & Élise Vigier

From 10 to 14 June 2014

Création  Théâtre


“Time made you feel like you’d wasted your life: either spent your life with the wrong person or never found the right person to spend it with ¾ remember? ¾ or spent your whole life with the right person but never of course realised until that person sickened and died and you were alone …”

Dans la République du bonheur, by Marcial Di Fonzo Bo & Elise Vigier, promises to be a musical comedy about happiness, but one that is radically different from La Mélodie du bonheur: it’s a cruel, devastating comedy written in the early 21st century, when extreme individualism and dreams of conformity were replacing more idealistic visions.

The founders of the Théâtre des Lucioles, Marcial Di Fonzo Bo & Elise Vigier have worked together for a long time. Explorers of unusual forms of language, they put actors at the center of their work. They are fans of authors who shatter the expectations arising from the theatrical code. Martin Crimp, who hides his humor and cruelty behind a façade of classicism, is one them.

A family Christmas dinner is interrupted when Uncle Bob unexpectedly arrives. Who is he? Why did he come? Why is his wife still in the car? Bob and Madeleine are struggling against the view that the only path to happiness is personal fulfillment. After showing a world enslaved to the cult of self, Crimp suggests that even Dante’s dream of harmony and light is just one more illusion. According to Di Fonzo Bo, “Crimp is asking a fundamental question: isn’t uniformization leading us to a sort of ‘tyranny of happiness’? An ‘all alike’ resulting more and more clearly from globalization and capitalism’s failure? We ask questions about individual freedom within the family, the collective, and the republic with humor.”


Author: Martin Crimp
French text: Philippe Djian (chez l’Arche éditeur)
Direction: Elise Vigier et Marcial Di Fonzo Bo
Actors: Frédérique Loliée, Marcial Di Fonzo Bo, Katell Daunis, Claude Degliame, Kathleen Dol, Pierre Maillet, Jean-­François Perrier, Julie Teuf
Musicians: Etienne Bonhomme, Baptiste Germser, Antoine Kogut
Set design: Yves Bernard
Lights: Bruno Marsol
Music: Étienne Bonhomme
Dramaturgy: Leslie Kaplan

Production: Théâtre des Lucioles
Coproduction: Les Subsistances- Lyon, le Théâtre National de Chaillot – Paris, la Comédie de Saint-­Étienne – CDN, le festival Delle Colline – Turin, en cours…
With the artistic support of DIESE # Rhône-Alpes et du Fonds d’insertion de l’éstba financé par le Conseil régional d’Aquitaine.




8€ for everyone (same price for everyone all year)

Dates & horaires

Tue 10 June 2014 / 21:30

Wed 11 June 2014 / 21:30

Thu 12 June 2014 / 21:30

Fri 13 June 2014 / 21:30

Sat 14 June 2014 / 21:30

Rencontre et projection au cinéma Comoedia
Mardi 3 juin à 20h
Élise Vigier et Marcial Di Fonzo Bo présenteront le film Ginger et Fred de Federico Fellini, en lien avec leur création.