The sun disappeared for four minutes. Four long minutes. It seems like nothing that way. The world was plunged into a sort of semi-darkness. In the middle of the afternoon. And when at the end of this long time during which everyone’s eyes were fixed on the sky, finally after four minutes the sun reappeared, the men looked to their sides and what they discovered would turn their lives upside down. Half the world had been obscured. Half the humans were gone. They called this event the Great Eclipse.

This is how the story of Fraternité, Conte fantastique begins, a story which will take us on the trail of those who are left behind having suddenly lost their dearest loved one. To face their pain, to share their distress, the “Remainers” have the need to create new care tools: they then invent “Care and Consolation Centres”, a kind of empathic administration which will record the memory and the tears of the living. They look like community centres. They are populated by the wounded and by caregivers. People think and heal. Joy is also present in these spaces where our humanity is preserved. 

Fraternité, Conte fantastique is the second part of the Fraternité cycle, a process of creation that revolves around the single word, the single idea, fraternité, brotherhood. Other works in the cycle include Les Engloutis (2021), a short film co-produced by Les Films du Worso and Les Hommes Approximatifs; L’Enfance, la nuit, a show created at the Schaubühne in Berlin in 2022.

The Fraternity cycle

Since 2018, the company has imagined a cycle of creation around a single word: fraternity. They take several imagined fairy tales which place us somewhere in the next hundred years.

Fraternity currently consists of 4 works:

  • Les Engloutis (‘The sunken ones’): a short film shot in July 2020 at the Centrale d'Arles and which will be released in spring 2021. This short film is produced by Les Films du Worso (Sylvie Pialat and Benoît Quainon) and Les Hommes Approximatifs.
  • FRATERNITÉ, Conte fantastique: a play which will premiere in summer 2021 before touring France, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Belgium…
  • L'Enfance, la nuit (‘Childhood at night’): a play with actors from the Schaubühne ensemble and children which will premiere in spring 2022 at the Schaubühne.
  • Opus n°4 (as yet untitled work): a play to be created for the 2023/24 season.


  • Text
    Caroline Guiela Nguyen
    avec l’ensemble de l’équipe artistique

    Caroline Guiela Nguyen

    Artistic collaboration
    Claire Calvi

    Alice Duchange

    Costumes design
    Benjamin Moreau

    Light design
    Jérémie Papin

    Sound design
    Antoine Richard

    Video design
    Jérémie Scheidler

    Hugo Soubise
    Manon Worms

    Original music
    Teddy Gauliat-Pitois
    Antoine Richard

    Dan Artus
    Saadi Bahri
    Boutaïna El Fekkak
    Hoonaz Ghojallu
    Maïmouna Keita
    Elios Noël
    Alix Petris
    Vasanth Selvam
    Hiep Tran Nghia
    Anh Tran Nghia
    Mahia Zrouki

    Sets construction
    Atelier du Grand T
    Théâtre de Loire-Atlantique

    Costumes design
    Ateliers du Théâtre de Liège

    Production & touring
    Isabelle Nougier

    Elsa Hummel-Zongo

  • Technical Director
    Xavier Lazarini

    Communication, press
    Coline Loger

    Social management
    Stéphane Triolet

    Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

    Les Hommes Approximatifs

    Production manager
    Festival d’Avignon
    Les Hommes Approximatifs

    Odéon Théâtre de l’Europe, ExtraPôle Provence-Alpes- Côte d’Azur*, Comédie - CDN de Reims, Théâtre National de Bretagne, Théâtre National de Strasbourg, Châteauvallon Scène nationale, Théâtre de l’Union - CDN du Limousin, Théâtre Olympia CDN de Tours, MC2 : Grenoble, La Criée - Théâtre national de Marseille, Le Grand T théâtre de Loire- Atlantique, Célestins - Théâtre de Lyon, Comédie de Colmar - CDN Grand Est Alsace, La rose des vents - Scène nationale Lille Métropole Villeneuve d’Ascq, Le Parvis - Scène nationale Tarbes Pyrénées, Théâtre National de Nice, Théâtre du Beauvaisis - Scène nationale.

    International co-production
    PROSPERO - Extended Theatre**, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Théâtre de Liège, Les théâtres de la ville de Luxembourg, Centro Dramatico Nacional - Madrid, Dramaten - Stockholm, Schaubühne – Berlin, Teatro Nacional D. Maria II - Lisbonne, Thalia - Hambourg, Festival RomaEuropa,

    Avec le soutien exceptionnel de la DGCA

    With the participation of
    Jeune théâtre National, Institut français Paris

    *ExtraPôle Provence-Alpes- Côte d’Azur est une plateforme de production soutenue par la Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

    ** PROSPERO - Extended Theatre est un projet cofinancé par le programme Europe créative de l’Union européenne. Il accompagne l’ensemble du cycle Fraternité.