There’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, ’tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come. The readiness is all. (Shakespeare, Hamlet)

Shakespeare probably wouldn’t mind his borrowed verses appearing in the middle Cérémonie. The Raoul Collectif take hold of them, as of a greased pole around which rises the irrepressible need to come together. Yes, we toast: but what for? To the expectation of something? Hoping for a fall, or some upheaval? Or is it the prospect of impending chaos that calls up some ritual that we thought we had lost sight of, and which then appears as a last resort? Raoul Collectif productions are always something of a UFO, for the protagonists themselves who happily walk on the edges of precipices to better find themselves. The celebration is about to start on a vast stage-set. Already the music is moving forward, the chairs are flying, alcohol intoxicates the heart as soon as it goes down the throat. And behind the apparent carelessness that emerges from the picture, is the drama of a society that is spreading, which can no longer even bury its dead. To the music of Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker in vigorous live interpretation, soon revolt rumbles and the Raoul Collective summon Antigone and even Don Quixote. The Greek tragedy and Cervantes come to lend a hand to this possible call for disobedience, to this questioning of violence as self-defense, to these lurking threats that must be kept in check. And if the Raoul poses the dilemma without resolving it, how can we forget this giant bird which overhangs the stage. With its beating wings, it constantly reminds us that peril is near.



  • Concept, writing and directing 
    Le Raoul Collectif : Romain David 
    Jérôme de Falloise 
    David Murgia 
    Benoît Piret 
    Jean-Baptiste Szézot 

    Romain David 
    Jérôme de Falloise 
    David Murgia 
    Benoît Piret 
    Jean-Baptiste Szézot 
    Philippe Orivel 
    Julien Courroye 
    Clément Demaria 
    Anne-Marie Loop 

    Assistant director 
    Yaël Steinmann 

    Second assistant 
    Rita Belova 

    Technical Director, music direction 
    Philippe Orivel 

    Natacha Belova 

    Costumes assistant
    Camille Burkell de Tell 

    Musical coaching 
    Laurent Blondiau  

    Sound design 
    Julien Courroye 

    Sound operator 
    En alternance :
    Benoît Pelé
    Célia Naver 

  • Stage manager 
    Benoit Pelé 

    Stage director 
    Clément Demaria 

    Light design
    Nicolas Marty 

    Eye and artistic presence
    Anne-Marie Loop 

    Staging and directing intern 
    Lorena Spindler  

    Juul Dekker 

    Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles 

    Management, production and touring 
    Catherine Hance
    Aurélie Curti 
    Laetitia Noldé 

    Raoul Collectif asbl 

    Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Théâtre de Namur, Mars - Mons arts de la scène, Théâtre Jean Vilar de Vitry- sur-Seine, Maison de la Culture de Tournai/Maison de création, Théâtre Sorano, Théâtre de la Bastille, CND Orléans/Centre Val de Loire, La Coop asbl/ Shelter Prod 

    Avec l’aide du Conseil départemental du Val-de-Marne,, ING & tax-shelter du Gouvernement fédéral belge, de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles Service du Théâtre (CAPT) 

    With support of 
    Festival de Liège et Wirikuta asbl 

    Sets construction and costumes 
    Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles 


  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
    Discussion "Rencontre Constructeurs d’Histoires" after show
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