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The multicultural and multilingual Comédie!

The Comédie de Genève, a reflection of the city’s multiculturalism. Several of this season’s performances will be played in various languages. With surtitles in French & English, the Comédie opens its doors to the international community of Geneva.

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The following performances will be surtitled in English or be held without words :

13 — 14.09.21
SONOMA
Directed by La Veronal
Dance / Spain
In partnership with La Bâtie - Festival de Genève

© Anna Fa Brega

Launched on stage at full throttle, nine women breathlessly dance the story of a humanity caught up in its own whirlpool; a world of women whose bodies are wrapped in black and white under tight buns and austere petticoats. Whether they evoke the saint or the ingenue, the immaculate bride or a circle of witches with raised fists, they stick and scream together. So far away and yet so close to our folklore and our mystical references, Sonoma invents a world, bringing together biblical beatitudes, theatrical brilliance, haunting songs and frenetic dances. To design this dizzying performance, choreographer Marcos Morau refers to Luis Buñuel and Pablo Picasso, two avant-gardists fascinated by the paradox between modernity and tradition. Right to the end, our sense of familiarity is confounded by a persistent feeling of strangeness.

Venue Grande salle
Rates from CHF 40 to CHF 10
Duration 1h20
Language without words
Recommended age 14+

Featuring Lorena Nogal, Marina Rodríguez, Sau-Ching Wong, Ariadna Montfort, Núria Navarra, Àngela Boix, Laia Duran, Anna Hierro, Alba Barral

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18 — 19.09.21
MAL – EMBRIAGUEZ DIVINA
Directed by Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Dance / Cape Verde
In partnership with La Bâtie - Festival de Genève

© Peter Honnemann Kampnagel

Cape Verdean choreographer Marlene Monteiro Freitas is interested in the dark charms of Evil. A chorus of brazen dancers takes over the stage, which becomes a Dionysian platform for their carnival-like excesses. Devil, Antichrist, Satan, Leviathan or Lucifer, these magnificent evils rule a world of inverted values. Mal, subtitled Ivresse Divine (“Divine Drunkenness”), challenges our religious, moral, political and judicial foundations to explore the hidden side of human nature.

Venue Grande salle
Rates from CHF 40 to CHF 10
Duration 1h45
Language without words
Recommended age 6+

Featuring Andreas Merk, Betty Tchomanga, Francisco Rolo, Henri “Cookie” Lesguillier, Hsin-Yi Hsiang, Joãozinho da Costa, Mariana Tembe, Majd Feddah, Miguel Filipe

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04 — 06.11.21
LOVE
Directed by Alexander Zeldin
Theatre / United Kingdom

© Sarah Lee

Here is an unfiltered immersion into a British social care institution. Comfort is spartan, the light harsh and the atmosphere rough for the few souls who take refuge there while they look for something better. Disadvantaged families and destitute pensioners, migrants, unemployed men and women form a small society in which bonds and tensions are woven.

Placed as close as possible to the stage, with a view of the collective kitchen, the audience can guess the intimacy of the bedrooms and the bathroom revealed by the half-open doors.

The title reminds us that love survives everything, even a crisis. LOVE invites us to contemplate life with renewed intensity and dignity. This production by London’s National Theatre, which overwhelmed the British public, has been unanimously acclaimed by the critics.

Venue Salle modulable
Rates from CHF 40 to CHF 10
Duration 1h30
Language English with French surtitles
Recommended age 14+

Featuring Janet Etuk, Nick Holder, Hind Swareldahab (ongoing) 

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11 — 13.11.21
CROWD
Directed by Gisèle Vienne
Dance / France

© Estelle Hanania

A horde of revellers take over the stage-turned-dance floor of a moonlit rave party. This hypnotic ballet draws its strangeness from the mesmerising movements of the dancers who reproduce effects usually reserved for video: slow motion, jerks, GIFs, etc.

This sensory and sensual performance, choreographed by Gisèle Vienne, rehabilitates the party as an experience comparable to that of archaic rites: trance, sacrifices, initiation ceremonies. The 15 performers are characters whose stories and feelings are woven and revealed.

Venue Grande salle
Rates from CHF 40 to CHF 10
Duration 1h30
Language without words
Recommended age 12+

Featuring Philip Berlin, Marine Chesnais, Sylvain Decloitre, Sophie Demeyer, Vincent Dupuy, Massimo Fusco, Rehin Hollant, Georges Labbat, Oskar Landström, Theo Livesey, Katia Petrowick, Linn Ragnarsson, Jonathan Schatz, Henrietta Wallberg, Tyra Wigg

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26 — 27.11.21
NOUS AURONS ENCORE L'OCCASION DE DANSER ENSEMBLE
Directed by Daria Deflorian & Antonio Tagliarini
Based on Ginger & Fred by Federico Fellini
Theatre / Italy
Part of the MP#3 European project

In Fellini’s script, Amelia and Pippo were an iconic tap-dancing duo of the 1940s, known as Ginger and Fred, after Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. In the mid-1980s, they returned to the dance floor for a television show. Forty years later, the advertising machine has stolen the show from performing arts. Inspired by Fellini’s film, Nous aurons encore l'occasion de danser ensemble (We’ll Still Have Opportunities to Dance Together) makes dance its beating heart. Three couples live this show as one lives through the three ages of life – Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, Marcello Mastroianni & Giulietta Masina, Daria Deflorian & Antonio Tagliarini – three couples from film, theatre and life.

Venue Salle modulable
Rates from CHF 40 to CHF 10
Duration 1h40
Language English surtitles on 26 and 27 November
Recommended age 14+

Featuring Francesco Alberici, Martina Badiluzzi, Daria Deflorian, Monica Demuru, Antonio Tagliarini, Emanuele Valenti

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08 — 12.12.21
LE PRÉSENT QUI DÉBORDE
Directed by Christiane Jatahy

Based on Homer’s Odyssey
Theatre / Brazil – Belgium

© Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Le présent qui déborde is an odyssey, that of the men, women, and children who cross borders in search of a safe place, a place to survive and start their lives afresh. Christiane Jatahy went to film them in refugee camps, places of transit, in Palestine, Greece, Lebanon, Central Africa and Brazil. There she filmed the stories of today’s Ulysses, Penelope and Telemachus. This fiction on wandering mixes theatre and projection, Homeric song and contemporary history to pay tribute to these unabated, nomadic lives, to these exiled heroes, to those who are torn from their lands like trees from their roots. Jatahy addresses the borders between genres and people not as a separation, but as opportunities to build aesthetic and human bridges.

Venue Salle modulable
Rates from CHF 40 to CHF 10
Duration 2h
Language multilingual, with French and English surtitles
Recommended age 14+

Featuring Abbas Abdulelah Al’Shukra, Abdul Lanjesi, Abed Aidy, Adnan Ibrahim Nghnghia, Ahmed Tobasi, Banafshe Hourmazdi, Bepkapoy, Blessing Opoko, Corina Sabbas, Emilie Franco, Faisal Abu Alhayjaa, Fepa Teixeira, Frank Sithole, Iketi Kayapó, Irengri Kayapó, Isabel Novella, Ivan Tirtiaux, Jehad Obeid, Joseph Gaylard, Jovial Mbenga, Kroti, Laerte Késsimos, Leon David Salazar, Linda Michael Mkhwanasi, Manuela Afonso, Maria Laura Nogueira, Marie-Aurore d’Awans, Maroine Amimi, Mbali Ncube, Melina Martin, Mustafa Sheta, Nambulelo Meolongwara, Noji Gaylard, Ojo Kayapó, Omar Al Jbaai, Phana, Pitchou Lambo, Pravinah Nehwati, Pykatire, Ramyar Hussaini, Ranin Odeh, Renata Hardy, Vitor Araújo, Yara Ktaish

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15 — 22.12.21
LE BRUIT DES LOUPS 

Directed by Étienne Saglio
Circus – New magic / France
In partnership with Château Rouge – Annemasse

© Prisma Laval

Magic, yes, but without rabbits falling out of hats. Magic that tells a story without words and re-enchants the world. The undisputed master of new magic, Étienne Saglio seeks to reforest our imagination by reconnecting us to wild thought. Stealthily, an extraordinary world slips under the door of our room to draw us into the dense beauty of unheard-of landscapes, where plants, men and animals cohabit on the edge of the fable. Let us stroll through the enchanted woods of this visual fairy tale for young and old, composed in three acts and without words.

Venue Grande salle
Rates from CHF 40 to CHF 10
Duration 1h10
Language without words
Recommended age 8+

Featuring Étienne Saglio or Vasil Tasevski, Bastien Lambert or Murielle Martinelli, Guillaume Delaunay

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01 — 13.02.22
DANS LA MESURE DE l'IMPOSSIBLE
Directed by Tiago Rodrigues

Theatre / Switzerland – Portugal
Premiere at the Comédie de Genève

Tiago Rodrigues sets out from the international district in Geneva to meet the men and women who make humanitarian work their profession. Inspired by their testimonies, this multilingual show with French surtitles exposes the dilemmas of these women and men who come and go between tormented zones of intervention and a peaceful “home”. Investigating field engagement has led Rodrigues to reflect on the impact of artistic engagement. Should we save the world or fictionalise it? Should we throw ourselves into battle or condemn it? Act directly on reality or speak about it?

Venue Grande salle
Rates from CHF 40 to CHF 10
Language multilingual show with French and English surtitles
Duration 2h
Recommended age 14+

Featuring Adrien Barazzone, Beatriz Brás, Baptiste Coustenoble, Natacha Koutchoumov and Gabriel Ferrandini (musician)

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23.02 — 06.03.22
EN TRANSIT
Directed by Amir Reza Koohestani
Theatre / Switzerland – Iran
Premiere at the Comédie de Genève

In 2018 while travelling to Chile, Iranian director Amir Reza Koohestani was arrested and sent back to Tehran by the border police at Munich airport. The reason for this sanction? He had stayed five days too long in the Schengen zone. Inspired by this misadventure, En Transit stages an actor – Amir’s alter ego – who, during his incarceration at the airport, reads Anna Seghers’ Transit, a novel about exiles during World War II, with a view to making a stage adaptation.

Venue Salle modulable
Rates from CHF 40 to CHF 10
Language multilingual show with French and English surtitles
Duration 1h20
Recommended age 12+

Meeting with the performers/director Thursday 24 February, after the performance

Featuring Danaé Dario, Arnaud Huguenin, Khazar Masoumi, Mahin Sadri

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24 — 26.02.22
TRIPTYCH : The Missing Door, The Lost Room and The Hidden Floor
Directed by Peeping Tom

Dance – Theatre / Belgium

© Maarten Vanden Abeele

The choreographic duo from Flemish company Peeping Tom immerses us into the mental hell of a triple huis-clos: The Missing Door, The Lost Room and The Hidden Floor. Each part in the trilogy takes us to a new dreamlike setting, similar to a film set: a corridor with multiple doors opening onto nothingness, an unstable boat cabin, a disused restaurant where nature is taking over. The sets, alive like quicksand, suck in and eject unbalanced bodies, offered to the transport of animal dances, almost surreal in their prowess.

The more the characters caught in this illusory dimension try to escape it, the more reality slips through their fingers.

Venue Grande salle
Rates from CHF 40 to CHF 10
Language without words
Duration 2h interval included
Recommended age 12+

Featuring Konan Dayot, Fons Dhossche, Lauren Langlois, Panos Malactos, Alejandro Moya, Fanny Sage, Eliana Stragapede, Wan-Lun Yu

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23 — 27.03.22
DU BOUT DES DOIGTS
Directed by Gabriella Iacono & Grégory Grosjean
Dance and Cinema / Belgium
Performance for young audiences

© Julien Lambert

Literally danced “with the fingertips”, this show travels through a history of humanity intimately linked to the history of art. Filmed live in miniature sets and projected onto a large screen, Gabriella Iacono and Grégory Grosjean use their fingers and their bodies to reinterpret emblematic works or dance styles of the 20th century, which echo episodes in history. The hands go in pairs, so does the dance. Reproducing body movements, they leap and sway from prehistory to hip-hop culture, via the Renaissance, World War II and Woodstock. A game of hands, a game of destinies: the infinitely small becomes infinitely powerful.

Venue Grande salle
Rates from CHF 40 to CHF 10
Language without words
Duration 55 min
Recommended age 10+

Featuring Gabriella Iacono, Grégory Grosjean

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08 — 10.04.22
TRANSVERSE ORIENTATION
Directed by Dimitris Papaioannou

Dance / Greece


© Julian Mommert

Stage prodigy Dimitris Papaioannou describes himself as a “painter in the theatre”. The aesthete enhances his pictorial visions with the extra life that the stage brings to them. His new creation, Transverse Orientation, promises to be a moment of pure grace and delicacy, featuring hybrid creatures, mythological apparitions, a fantastic beast, and mystical epiphanies, each more subjugating than the last. Their beauty is revealed in the crackling of their own combustion. Let there be light, and with the audacity of the moth, Papaioannou’s living museum brands our spirits with the iron of its splendour.

Venue Grande salle
Rates from CHF 40 to CHF 10
Duration 1h45
Language without words
Recommended age 16+

Featuring Damiano Ottavio Bigi, Šuka Horn, Jan Möllmer, Breanna O’Mara, Tina Papanikolaou, Łukasz Przytarski, Christos Strinopoulos, Michalis Theophanous

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18 — 22.05.22
WITHOUT REFERENCES 

Directed by Cindy Van Acker
Dance / Switzerland

© Magali Dougados

In a monumental and uncluttered set design by Romeo Castellucci, eleven performers progressively draw a gripping meandering, alternating states of presence and absence, dance and immobilism, and solitude and interaction.

With Without References, Cindy Van Acker explores the minute delay necessary for our consciousness to incubate a piece of information – the slight interval with which we perceive the world – and sets this elusive present in motion. An atmospheric performance, backed by the sound explosions of Japanese band goat and bathed in that mixture of sensuality and rigour that shapes moments of grace.

Venue Grande salle
Rates from CHF 40 to CHF 10
Duration 1h30
Language without words
Recommended age 14+

Featuring Stéphanie Bayle, Matthieu Chayrigues, Louis-Clément Da Costa, Aurélien Dougé, Sonia Garcia, Paul Girard, Yuta Ishikawa, Lisa Laurent (en alternance), Maya Masse, Anna Massoni, Philippe Renard, Daniela Zaghini

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