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Season 2016 - 2017
Les subsistances

International laboratory
for creative research – Lyon

Pr Programming

Halory Goerger & Antoine Defoort


1st, 2nd and 3rd December

Theater / Théâtre

Halory Goerger & Antoine Defoort / Germinal © Alain Rico


Germinal features individuals who see the stage as an empty and fruitful space where everything is in the making. Within this space, efforts will be made to create a system or, in more candid terms, one might say: a world.
As we watch it unfold, the actors take it as an opportunity to construct and deconstruct the history of sciences, technologies and societal structures in an experimental way, but always with the greatest care and good grace. Remaking everything, but without any moralistic intention.
In Germinal, we are indeed reinventing the wheel, but in doing so, we are questioning almost everything and putting it on trial, from the laws of physics to the foundations of social interaction. And this is done within the relatively narrow context of an empty performance stage.
If we had the opportunity to start from scratch, even in a space of 8 meters by 10 meters, how would we do it ?


Conception & direction:
Halory Goerger & Antoine Defoort
With: Arnaud Boulogne / Jean-Baptiste Delannoy, Ondine Cloez / Beatriz Setién, Antoine Defoort / Denis Robert, Halory Goerger / Sébastien Vial and the voice of Mathilde Maillard
Technical conception : Maël Teillant
Technical direction : Frédérick Borrutzu / Colin Plancher
Technical managers & stage : Frédérick Borrotzu / Colin Plancher
Lighting : Sébastien Bausseron / Alice Dussart
Sound : Robin Mignot / Régis Estreich
Light consultant: Annie Leuridan
Set construction: Christian Allamano, Cédric Ravier and Danny Vandeput (Kunstenfestivaldesarts)
Production manager, outside eyes: Julien Fournet
Production assistant: Mathilde Maillard
Administration: Sarah Calvez, Kevin Deffrennes
General Secretariat and diffusion : Anne Rogeaux
Logistics: Pauline Foury

COPRODUCTION : La Biennale de la Danse de Lyon (France), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, Belgium), le Phénix- Scène nationale de Valenciennes (France), Buda Kunstencentrum (Kortrijk), Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Gent, Belgium), le Vivat-Scène conventionnée d’Armentières (France), le Manège.mons/CECN/technocITé (Belgium), alkantara festival (Lisbon, Portugal), le TnBA-Théâtre National de Bordeaux en Aquitaine (France), Théâtre de la Manufacture – Centre Dramatique National Nancy Lorraine (France), NXTSTP (European Union Cultural Program), Festival Baltoscandal (Rakvere, Estonia) , Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen (Netherlands), Rotterdamse Schouwburg (Rotterdam), le CENTQUATRE (Paris), FTA (Montréal),Carrefour International du Théâtre (Québec)

This project is supported by the Conseil Régional Nord-Pas- de-Calais and the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (DRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais).
European network : This project is supported by apap/Performing European network (DGEAC- Cultural Program).
Antoine Defoort and Halory Goerger are artists in residence at Phénix-Scène nationale de Valenciennes, Beursschouwburg- Brussels and CENQUATRE – Paris and at APAP/ Performing Europe (DGEAC – Programme Culture). L’Amicale de pro- duction is supported by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (Conventionnement DRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais), the Conseil régional du Nord-Pas-de-calais, and Ville de Lille.

L’Amicale de production gets help from Institut Français for the diffusion of its projects abroad.


Halory Goerger creates shows instead of building houses or repairing animals because it’s better like that for everyone. He works on the history of ideas because that was the only topic left by the time he came along. Born in 1978, he evolved from poetry to performance and visual arts in 2004. Theater has become his major asset in plays such as &&&&& & &&&, Germinal or Corps Diplomatique. He co-curated France Distraction. He co-founded Amicale de Production. His work has been shown in Festival d’Avignon (IN, 2013), KunstenFestivalDesArts, Biennale de la Danse de Lyon (2012 et 2014), au Festival Trans Amériques (2012 & 2014), Théâtre National de Chaillot, Centquatre, Centre Pompidou Metz, Dublin Theatre Festival Wiener Festwochen, PICA (Portland), On the boards (Seattle), …

Antoine Defoort tries to maintain a good atmosphere and a high level of porosity between his seasonal whims, life, as in real life, and contemporary art.
He therefore often finds himself struggling with blatant contradic- tions that are either proudly assumed or shamefully hidden through the use of mind numbing non-sequiturs and wild digressions.
Failures and accidents are welcomed with open arms and create a crispy granularity particularly appreciated by connoisseurs.





10 € / 12 € / 14 €

Dates & Hours

Thu 1 December 2016 / 20:00

Fri 2 December 2016 / 20:00

Sat 3 December 2016 / 20:00