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Creative research laboratory - Lyon
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Les subsistances

Laboratoire international
de création artistique – Lyon

Archives - Saison 2012 - 2013

Romeo & Juliette

Rictus  / David Bobee

From 13th to 22th September 2012



Bodies, images and text: the work of David Bobee and Rictus is a strong, multi-disciplinary blend. This version of Romeo and Juliette is obviously a theater piece, theater piece of dance and circus. As he did for Hamlet in 2010 at Les Subsistances, Bobee turns the timeless heroes Romeo and Juliette into tragic lovers of modern times. In this contemporary atmosphere, the fierceness of the confrontations between rival groups is tinged with eastern colors. Carried by a new translation, etched in the bodies, the implacable tragedy is renewed once again. Bobee’s show is produced in collaboration with the Biennal de la danse (Dance Biennial), with the idea of creating a pole for interdisciplinary experimentation within the Biennial itself.

Romeo and Juliette is the great romantic myth: tragic love against a background of intolerance, the eternal curse. Shakespeare wrote it for the suburbs of Verona, Bobee directs it in copper-colored countries under the orange lights of urban areas cum guerilla territory. Shakespeare told a tale of forced marriage, violence and hate between rival groups, and the weight of tradition and families; Pascal and Antoine Collin, who translated and adapted the text, allow us to hear it in a language not so far from our own. Bobee inscribes the story of the lovers’ passion in the performers’ bodies, calling on dancers and acrobats to tell us of clashes, friendship, and struggle. A tale of today, yesterday, and no doubt, alas, tomorrow, told in a language of the stage that is energetic, electric, and highly sensitive.


Direction, adaptation, set design: David Bobee
New translation: Pascal Collin & Antoine Collin.
Performers : Mehdi Dehbi (Roméo), Sara Llorca (Juliette), Véronique Stas (Nourrice), Hala Omran (Lady Capulet), Jean Boissery (Capulet), Pierre Cartonnet (Tybalt), Pierre Bolo (Mercutio), Marc Agbedjidji (Benvolio), Alain d’Haeyer (Frère Laurent), Radouan Leflahi (Paris), Edward Aleman (Gregory), Wilmer Marquez (Samson), Serge Gaborieau (Montaigu), Thierry Mettetal (le Prince).
Artistic collaboration and lighting design: Stéphane Babi Aubert. Assisté de : Fanny Perreau.
Musical design: Jean-Noël Françoise en collaboration avec Arnaud Léger et Grégory Adoir
Live music design: Alain d’Haeyer
Video design: José Gherrak
Costume design: Marie Meyer. Assistée de : Emilie Piat et Elsa Bourdin.
Set design and construction: Salem Ben Belkacem – Ateliers Akelnom
Assistance with direction, logistics: Sophie Colleu
Choreographic collaboration: Pierre Bolo
Technical direction: Thomas Turpin
Stage manager: Pierre André Goursolas
Production direction, administration: Philippe Chamaux
Production manager for the Indépendances: Garance Crouillère, Sylvain Cochard, Mathieu Hillereau
Broadcasting: Florence Bourgeon
Stage direction interns: Camille Perrot, Mikaël Bernard, Ludovic Chazaud
Merci à Bruno Krief.
Production: Rictus

Coproduction: Les Subsistances / Biennale de la danse de Lyon / L’Hippodrome, scène nationale de Douai / Festival Automne en Normandie / CNCDC Châteauvallon / Scène nationale 61, Alençon / Théâtre de Charleville-Mézières. With the support of the Théâtre de Caen. Rictus regulated by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, DRAC de Basse-Normandie, and supported by the Conseil régional de Basse-Normandie, the Conseil général du Calvados (oDACC) and Caen city. David Bobee and Rictus are associate artists at the Hippodrome, the scène nationale de Douai, and the Théâtre national de Chaillot.




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

Dates & horaires

Thu 13 September 2012 / 20:45

Fri 14 September 2012 / 20:45

Sat 15 September 2012 / 20:45

Sun 16 September 2012 / 20:45

Mon 17 September 2012 / 20:45

Tue 18 September 2012 / 20:45

Sat 22 September 2012 / 20:45

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