A melody of thoughts

24 - 28 sept 2019 | Grande salle

Concours européen de la chanson philosophique

Massimo Furlan & Claire de Ribaupierre

For this show, Massimo Furlan and Claire de Ribaupierre have tasked philosophers, anthropologists and historians with writing lyrics, real lyrics with verses and choruses that instead of love, talk about concepts that help us reconsider our contemporary world. All this in front of a jury of thinkers. A playful sort of response to the growing disdain of populist discourse towards the so-called intelligentsia that brings reflection into the heart of entertainment.

“Massimo has played football matches on his own. He has run in the Grand-Saint-Bernard tunnel in search of his Italian origins and made a film out of it. He has led a team of senior supermen through the streets here and elsewhere. Let’s not forget either his love for motorbikes and pop music (Italian of course). Based on all this, his childhood, melancholy of the passage of time, Massimo Furlan and Claire de Ribaupierre make enticing, uncategorizable shows. We wanted them to come and sing all this at La Comédie. Plus, it’s not every day that you get to see Lolita Morena within our walls!” NKDM


Infos pratiques

Duration: TBC
Rates: from CHF 10 to CHF 40
Recommended age: 14+

In addition:
– Appetisers: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 30 min before the beginning of the show
– Bord plateau: Thursday 26 Sept, after the show
– Saturday at any price: 28 Sept 18:00
Available only at the ticket office on the day of the performance from 13:00. Unnumbered seats.
– Karaoke night: Sat 28 Sept, after the show

Featuring: Massimo Furlan, Lolita Morena
Alternating: Mathis Bouveret-Akengin, Martin Burger, François Cuennet, Davide De Vita, Hugo Dordor, Steve Grant, Dominique Hunziker, Jocelin Lipp, Dylan Monnard, Mimmo Pisino, Karin Sever, Pascal Stoll
with the participation of a local jury
Concept, staging & scenography: Massimo Furlan 
Concept & dramaturgy: Claire de Ribaupierre 
Assistant: Nina Negri 
Musical direction: Steve Grant, Mimmo Pisino
Musical coordination & supervision: Laurence Desarzens, Thomas Dobler 
Musical composition: Monica Ballwein, Maïc Anthoine, Gwénolé Buord, Arno Cuendet, Davide de Vita,  Lynn Maring, Bart Plugers, Karin Sever 
Texts for the songs: Jean-Paul Van Bendegem (Flemish Belgium), Vinciane Despret (Walloon Belgium), Philippe Artières (France), Santiago Alba Rico  (Spain), Michela Marzano (Italy), Kristupas Sabolius (Lithuania), Mondher Kilani (Switzerland),  Ande Somby (Norway), Mladen Dolar (Slovenia) 
Dance coach: Anne Delahaye 
Costumes: Séverine Besson 
Lighting: Antoine Friderici 
Make-up, wigs: Julie Monot 
Technique & set construction: Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne 
Production: Numero23Prod ; Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne 
Coproduction: MC93 Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis, Bobigny; Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione, Modena; Festival de Otono a Primavera, Madrid; NTGent, Ghent; Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, Vilnius; Avant Garden Theatre, Trondheim; Théâtre de Liège; Mladinsko Theatre, Ljubljana; Comédie de Genève; Equilibre-Nuithonie, Fribourg 
Sponsors: Ville de Lausanne; Canton de Vaud; Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council

This show is accessible to blind and visually impaired people: an audio-description of the show will be provided by the association Les Souffleurs de Mots during the performances on Friday 27 September at 20:00 and Saturday 28 at 18:00. To benefit from this service free of charge, please call our ticket office at this number + 41 22 320 50 01 or email:

A tactile visit of the stage is also possible 1 hour prior to the two audio-described performances (duration of the visit: 30 min).

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