Les subsistances

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

Les subsistances

Laboratoire international
de création artistique – Lyon

Archives - Saison 2014 - 2015

David Bobée

Paris from Frédéric Siriez, Mélo

From 9 to 13 June 2015

Création  Theater



“I stick my Punch-Punch cigar between my lips, ready to blend with my people. I’m not here to humiliate, but to show my power and have an exceptional evening—even if my secret wish is indeed to go down in history. To be loved. To play.”

A union member preparing his suicide for May 1st, a well-dressed Congolese garbage man and prince of the night, a conquering Asian mobile saleswoman on roller skates. And Paris as the matrix city. Mélo is a trilogy by writer Frédéric Ciriez, a fanciful trinity forged from the magic of language and an extraordinary sense of observation. There is theatricality in the very precise writing, theater in the ultrasensitive view of the day to day. So we asked David Bobee to adapt this text for the stage.

David Bobee, the director of the Rictus company, is a longtime friend of Les Subsistances, where he created Petit frère, Roméo et Juliette, Hamlet, and more. Bobee creates theater that surpasses genres, directing hybrid pieces that are very physical and visually very powerful. Here he’ll blend theater, circus arts, and video.

It’s this way of going straight to the emotions via the body and images that seemed close to Frédéric Ciriez. But also, of course, the way they both deal with politics without seeming to. Here, it’s their way of telling about the interwoven lives of these combatants, so close yet so far from us, anonymous, on our periphery.


Based on the novel Mélo de Frédéric Ciriez (éditions Verticales, 2013)
On a proposal : Guy Walter et Cathy Bouvard
Staging : David Bobée
Staging assistant : Angelo Jossec
With : Marc Agbedjidji, Angelo Jossec, Marius Moguiba
Video creation : José Gherrak et Wojtek Doroszuk
Sound creation : Jean-Noël Françoise, Alain Lequesne
Lighting creation : Stéphane Babi Aubert
Création costumes : Pascale Barré
General manager : Thomas Turpin
Production : Centre Dramatique National de Haute-Normandie, Philippe Chamaux
Coproduction : Les Subsistances – Lyon

Le CDN de Haute-Normandie est un EPCC subventionné par le Ministère de la Culture / Drac de Haute-Normandie, le Conseil régional de Haute-Normandie, le Conseil général de la Seine-Maritime, la Ville de Rouen, la Ville de Petit-Quevilly et la Ville de Mont-Saint-Aignan.

Pour cette création David Bobée est accueilli en résidence aux Subsistances en mai et en juin 2015.



8€ for ererybody

Dates & horaires

Tue 9 June 2015 / 19:30

Wed 10 June 2015 / 19:30

Thu 11 June 2015 / 19:30

Fri 12 June 2015 / 19:30

Sat 13 June 2015 / 19:30


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