A few words on the show supported by the European Creative Hub…
Created in 2012 in Lyon after being in residency at the phénix, this absurdist and hilarious show is finally performed on the phenix main stage after its 200 performances throughout the world! This cross-breed epic – unrelated to Zola’s novel whatsoever – mixes drama, music, video. The stunned audience witnesses the birth of a new civilisation…
The stage is a bare space where everything has to be invented. Four people erase their past and learn how to speak, to communicate, they discover nature and the laws of physics… Walking in terra incognita, they build a small society and decide a few ground rules to live together. In an organized hodgepodge, they build a close-looped world, and yet open to imagination and both clever and wise impetus. But creating a play is no piece of cake. Germinal also tells an implicit story – the story of the play. On a path full of pitfalls, the two playwrights faced problems as essential as incongruous. A poetic and technical bric-a-brac one must see like the awe-stricken audience watching Arriving of a Train at a Station by Auguste and Louis Lumière.
conception Antoine Defoort, Halory Goerger
with Arnaud Boulogne, Jean-Baptiste Delannoy, Ondine Cloez, Beatriz Setien, Antoine Defoort, Denis Robert, Halory Goerger, Sébastien Vial and the voice of Mathilde Maillard
technical direction Frédéric Borrozu et Colin Plancher
stage management Colin Plancher
technical conception Maël Teillant
light, video Sébastien Bausseron
sound Régis Estreich
outside eyes Julien Fournet
constructeurs Christian Allamano, Cédric Ravier, Danny Vandeput (Kunstenfestivaldesarts)
light consulting Annie Leuridan
production l’Amicale de production
project manager Julien Fournet
production assistant Mathilde Maillard
administration Kevin Deffrennes
coproduction la Biennale de la Danse de Lyon / Théâtre de la Manufacture – Centre Dramatique National Nancy Lorraine / Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Bruxelles) / le phénix scène nationale Valenciennes, pôle européen
de création / Buda Kunstencentrum (Courtrai) / Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Gand) / le Vivat-Scène conventionnée d’Armentières / le Manège.mons / CECN – technocITé / alkantara festival (Lisbonne) / le TnBA-Théâtre National de Bordeaux en Aquitaine, Théâtre de la Manufacture – Centre Dramatique National Nancy Lorraine / Festival Baltoscandal (Rakvere) / Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen / Rotterdamse Schouwburg / NTXSTP (avec le soutien du Programme Culture de l’Union Européenne)
support this project is supported by the conseil régional Hauts-de-France and has an agreement with the ministry of culture and communication (DRAC nord pas de calais).
european network this project is made with the support of apap/performing european network (DGEAC- cultural program). this project is coproduced by nxtstp, programme culture de l’union européenne.
Germinal is supported by the french institute for its diffusion abroad
theGerminal tour in québec is possible thanks to the support of the french institute and the french general consulate in québec within the frame of the frimas program