La Dispute

  • Theater
  • Family show
Mohamed El Khatib
Performed by
en alternance Aaron, Amélie, Camille, Éloria, Ihsen, Imran, Maëlla, Malick, Solal, Swann

Schoolchildren whose parents have separated give their views on marital conflicts. They talk to us directly or through videos and what they say is often funny. A “fiction about reality” by Mohamed El Khatib, written by children, rather than for children.

There is certainly no sign of Marivaux’s gallant, smooth talk in this play, written by Mohamed El Khatib and based on encounters in primary schools with eight-year-olds whose parents live separately. And it has nothing in common with the comedy of the same name, A Matter of Dispute, written by Marivaux in 1742. Drawing its substance from real testimonies, this modern-day Dispute is based on around one hundred interviews conducted with schoolchildren from different social, cultural and geographical backgrounds. Rare and precious words emerge from these unfiltered interviews. On a board shaped like a giant Lego game, six children who are physically present on stage (three girls and three boys) join with other speakers in videos to tell us how they experienced the separation of their parents and the emotional and daily consequences of this split on their lives. This is theatre through the eyes of children that privileges experience over expertise, source over professional analysis. La Dispute reveals words of striking lucidity that are sometimes mischievous, sometimes reserved and often offbeat, but always surprisingly accurate.

Running time
0 : 50
Main auditorium

    from 7 to 40 €


    Recommended for the blind and partially sighted

    • For everyone from 8 years old

    Artistic collaboration – Vassia Chavaroche, Marie Desgranges / Scenography – Frédéric Hocké / Sound – Arnaud Léger / Video and editing – Emmanuel Manzano / Music – Mathieu Picard / Photography – Yohanne Lamoulère

    Production: Zirlib
    Coproduction: Tandem – Scène nationale Arras-Douai, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris, Paris Festival d’Automne, Théâtre national de Bretagne – Centre dramatique national de Rennes; Malraux – Scène nationale Chambéry Savoie, Théâtre du Beauvaisis – Scène nationale, Théâtre Paul Éluard – Scène conventionnée d’intérêt national pour la diversité linguistique de Choisy-le-Roi, La Coursive – Scène nationale de La Rochelle – Scène nationale d’Aubusson

    With the support of Le Théâtre Garonne Toulouse – Scène européenne and La SPEDIDAM

    Premiered on 8 Nov. 2019 at Le Théâtre de la Ville – Paris at the Paris Festival d’Automne

    “À voir de toute urgence !” Le Journal d’Armelle Heliot

    “Dans La Dispute, la liberté sort de la bouche des enfants”.

    La Dispute est un petit bijou d’humour, de tendresse et de mise en scène.”