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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 

"With Une cérémonie, a brilliantly oddball evening where African ritual meets a deliciously crazy Belgian marching band, we boldly ride along on festive dreams, cheerful poetry, pathetic or heroic outbursts. The Raoul Collectif covers a lot of ground, of course but that doesn’t mean they can’t bring us close to them firmly, tenderly, madly." Catherine Makereel, «Une cérémonie» du Raoul Collectif: un toast à la santé de nos révoltes, dans Le Soir, le 12.10.2020

"The Raoul Collectif is back with Une cérémonie. A joyous mess boosted by jazz and which falls back on its feet thanks to Sophocles." Estelle Spoto, [Critique scènes] Le Raoul Collectif pose le dilemme, dans Vif Focus, le 12.10.2020

"We’re a group that comes together and tries, through small things, to move forward, to look for a solution or a way out, and to widen the loopholes in a system that we deplore. This small group is trying to transform things." Stéphanie Bocart, Le Raoul Collectif vous convie à "Une cérémonie". Mais laquelle ?, dans La Libre Belgique, le 06.10.2020

"In short, they are of their time, overwhelming sincerity in the construction of their maturity." Pierre David, De l’air ! Du jeu ! Et du vivre-ensemble comme ils disent, dans Culture 31, le 03.10.2020

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