Les subsistances

Creative research laboratory - Lyon
Theater / Dance / Circus / Music

Les subsistances

Laboratoire international
de création artistique – Lyon

Archives - Saison 2012 - 2013



From 23th to 27th October 2012

Création  Théâtre


Based on poems and extracts of E.E. Cummings
(french / english)
XLI poèmes, & (AND), Poèmes choisis, No Thanks, Font 5, 50 poèmes, 95 poemes.

The American E.E. Cummings was one of the most important poets of the 20th century, radically reinventing the poem by playing with words as well as rhythm and syntax. Alexis Forestier uses this brilliant poetry to take us on a trip through Cummings’ world in a few sequence shots: death, city, war, New York bars, music halls, sex, love, etc. A musician and singer as well as a director, Forestier collects, organizes and superposes poems and prose narratives. His tour of Cummings’ work offers us a moment of poetic and musical jubilation.


Direction, set design and original music: Alexis Forestier
Musical partnership: Antonin Rayon
With: Elise Chauvin, Jean-François Favreau, Alexis Forestier, Cécile Saint-Paul
Lighting design: Matthieu Ferry
Production: Céline Bouteloup

Coproduction: Les Endimanchés, Les Subsistances – Lyon.

The Company Les Endimanchés is regulated by the Ministry of Culture and Communication / Drac Île-de-France, and subsidized by the Conseil général des Hauts-de-Seine.


Alexis Forestier & Les Endimanchés (percussion group inspired by industrial noise music and popular songs) have been developing musical theater over the past several years. Using texts by Gertrude Stein, Franz Kafka, Henri Michaux, René Char, Fernand Deligny, Dante (Inferno Party, Purgatory Party, Paradise Party, Divine Party) and Daniil Harms, among others, they explore territories leading to stage forms close to concerts and performance. Kill Misery, one of their most recent creations, was presented at Les Subsistances in 2009 (with André Robillard).

Edward Estlin Cummings (1894-1962) was an American poet, writer and painter. His repertoire includes more than 2,900 poems, a few plays, essays and short stories as well as numerous drawings, sketches and paintings. One of the most popular Anglo-American poets of the 20th century, he is famous for his highly unusual use of upper and lower case and punctuation, and his innovative, avant-garde use of syntactical conventions. The New Masses (American communist review) said of him: “In his first book, The Enormous Room, E.E. Cummings explained a philosophy he never abandoned: every species of the oppressed agreed with him, every kind of government or authority was impossible. He identified with children, beggars, prostitutes, vomiting on Boston, on Harvard, on well-to-do Americans and the boys at Yale, straight and elegant….”

Around a performance

Reading: Thursday October 11, 2012 at 11:30
Reading of texts by E.E. Cummings by Alexis Forestier. (Free with a reservation).

Babel: Thursday October 25, 2012
Meet the artists and Jacques Demarcq (translator of Cummings and poet) at the end of the performance.




15 € / 12 € (reduced+) / 7.5€ (reduced ++, subs card)

Dates & horaires

Tue 23 October 2012 / 20:00

Wed 24 October 2012 / 20:00

Thu 25 October 2012 / 20:00

Fri 26 October 2012 / 20:00

Sat 27 October 2012 / 20:00