• Coproduction
Pascal Rambert
Performed by
Emmanuelle Béart, Audrey Bonnet, Anne Brochet, Marie-Sophie Ferdane, Arthur Nauzyciel, Stanislas Nordey, Denis Podalydès (sociétaire de la Comédie-Française) en alternance avec Pascal Rénéric, Laurent Poitrenaux, Jacques Weber

Actor and director Pascal Rambert brings together an exceptional cast to interweave precipices of History and intimate upheaval.

He writes for actors and actresses, based on their presence, their bodies and their voices, on what they physically exude onstage. After the success of Love’s end in 2013 and Actress in 2018, Pascal Rambert returns to the Célestins with Architecture, a family portrait that depicts world clamour and the catastrophe of civilisation at the beginning of the 20th century on the eve of the Second World War. A troupe of leading actors embodies the family members – flamboyant characters dedicated to philosophy and beauty. Kept in the iron grip of their father, whose mood swings between violence and madness, one-by-one they allow themselves to be swept away by the tides of fate. All of them, however brilliant they may be, will live, talk, love and confront each other and die… But if these people – the most talented of all – were unable to escape the worst-case scenario, how would we cope if the worst-case scenario were to rear its ugly head again? Architecture is an existential tale that obliges us to analyse our modern world and plunges us into a whirlwind of shock and upheaval.

Running time
3 : 00
Main auditorium

    from 9 to 40 €


    Light creation – Yves Godin / Costume designer – Anaïs Romand / Music – Alexandre Meyer / Artistic collaboration – Pauline Roussille / Furniture Advisor Harold Mollet / Associate choreographerThierry Thieû Niang / Singing teacher Francine Accolas

    Delegated production: structure production
    Coproduction: Festival d’Avignon, Théâtre national de Strasbourg, Théâtre national de Bretagne, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord – Paris, Bonlieu – Scène nationale Annecy, Les Gémeaux – Scène nationale, La Comédie de Clermont – Scène nationale, Le Phénix – Scène nationale de Valenciennes – Pôle Européen de création, Célestins – Théâtre de Lyon, Teatro Comunale di Bologna (Italie)
    The text of Architecture is to be published Les Solitaires Intempestifs – juillet 2019.

    Création le 4 juillet 2019 au Festival d’Avignon

    “Rarement aura-t-on vu ces dernières années dans la Cour d’honneur du Palais des Papes une palette de comédiens aussi doués, tant du point de vue individuel que collectif”. Sceneweb

    “Complainte d’une Europe en souffrance, Architecture est aussi une déclaration d’amour à un groupe de comédiens exceptionnels”. Les Échos