De ce côté

By
Dieudonné Niangouna
Performed by
Dieudonné Niangouna

Alone on stage, Congolese writer, director, and actor Dieudonné Niangouna delivers a tale of exile and questions the role of theatre in a world assailed by violence. “I see it all in my mind’s eye: my porous words, my soul […]

Outside

By
Kirill Serebrennikov
Performed by
Odin Lund Biron, Alexey Bychkov, Yang Ge, Gueorgui Koudrenko, Nikita Kukushkin, Julia Loboda, Daniil Orlov, Andrey Petrouchenkov, Andrey Poliakov, Evgeny Romantsov, Anastassia Radkova, Evgeny Sangadzhiev, Igor Sharoïko

Outside was one of the highlights of the 2019 Avignon Festival, in which Kirill Serebrennikov pays tribute to the Chinese photographer Ren Hang through theatre, music and dance. Considered one of the most gifted artists of his generation, Ren Hang […]

Le Bonheur

By
Tatiana Frolova / Théâtre KnAM
Performed by
Dmitri Bocharov, Vladimir Dmitriev, Guerman Iakovenko, Ludmila Smirnova, Irina Tchernousova

A regular feature at the Célestins, KnAM theatre is back in Lyon with a new political documentary-style production – a piece that questions the very existence of happiness. The KnAM theatre company was founded in 1985 at Komsomolsk-on-Amur in Eastern […]

La Terre se révolte

By
Guillaume Clayssen, Sara Llorca, Omar Youssef Souleimane
Direction
Sara Llorca
Performed by
Raymond Hosny, Sara Llorca, Thomas Poitevin, Elie Youssef

La Terre se révolte is a joint project by director Sara Llorca and the Syrian poet – and refugee in France – Omar Youssef Souleimane, which combines theatre and dance to question the theme of otherness. The play is set […]

Le Ciel de Nantes

By
Christophe Honoré
Performed by
Youssouf Abi-Ayad, Harrison Arévalo, Jean-Charles Clichet, Julien Honoré, Chiara Mastroianni, Stéphane Roger, Marlène Saldana

Equally at home in the theatre as in the cinema, Christophe Honoré brings these two artforms together in a family saga that mirrors the story of his own relatives, and where the stage is transformed into the setting for an […]

Habiter le temps

By
Rasmus Lindberg
Direction
Michel Didym
Performed by
Éric Berger, Irène Jacob, Jérôme Kircher, Hana Sofia Lopes, Catherine Matisse, Julie Pilod

From Swedish playwright Rasmus Lindberg, this family thriller with its choppy narrative plunges us into the metaphysical mysteries surrounding the tortuous uncertainty of the human condition. Dialogues intersect. Events collide and eras overlap. Habiter le temps, with its syncopated, interwoven […]

La Peur

By
François Hien
Direction
Arthur Fourcade, François Hien / Compagnie L'Harmonie Communale
Performed by
Estelle Clément-Bealem, Arthur Fourcade, Marc Jeancourt, Ryan Larras, Pascal Césari

Theatre company L’Harmonie Communale loves to tell stories based on current affairs. After a 2020 production inspired by the Vincent Lambert case, this is the story of a priest who is worried about his homosexuality and who finds himself testifying […]

Da Love Tape

By
Raphaël Defour
Performed by
Raphaël Defour

For their first collaboration, contemporary art space La BF15 and the Célestins theatre bring us an exhibition and a performance formed at the point where their worlds collide. Too shy to talk to girls, Raphaël Defour has transformed his bedroom […]

Ivres

By
Ivan Viripaev
Direction
Ambre Kahan
Performed by
Yorick Adjal, Blade AliMBaye, Jean Aloïs Belbachir, Julie Bouriche, Jean-Baptiste Cognet, Monica Budde, Lucile Delzenne, Olivier Dupuy, Florent Favier, Magali Genoud, Laurent Meininger, Charlotte Ravinet, Tristan Rothhut, Jean-Damien Barbin, Laure Werckmann, avec la voix de Thomas Jolly

Ivan Viripaev is the living Russian playwright most often performed in French theatres. His lucid and direct style of writing illuminates this choral work on the imbalances of our time. There are fourteen people on stage, unable to stand up […]

Medea

By
Sénèque
Direction
Tommy Milliot
Performed by
Bénédicte Cerutti, Charlotte Clamens, Cyril Gueï, Miglen Mirtchev et deux enfants en alternance

A monstruous heroine who oscillates between violence and the sublime – the myth of Medea, brought to life by young director Tommy Milliot, takes us to the limits of human nature. This is the fate of an incandescent lover, a […]

Hen

By
Johanny Bert
Performed by
Johanny Bert, Anthony Diaz et les musiciens Guillaume Bongiraud, Cyrille Froger

From the imagination of director and puppeteer Johanny Bert, Hen offers audiences a joyful and provocative evening, cross-referencing 1930s Berlin cabarets and the contemporary queer scene. Hen has a wide range of facial and bodily expressions. Glamorous and virile, raw […]

Fracasse

According to
« Le Capitaine Fracasse » de Théophile Gautier
Direction
Jean-Christophe Hembert
Performed by
Jean-Alexandre Blanchet, François Caron, Jacques Chambon, Caroline Cons, Thomas Cousseau, Aurélia Dury, Benjamin Gauthier, Eddy Letexier, Yasmina Remil, Luc tremblais en alternance avec Patrick Pineau, Loïc Varraut

Jean-Christophe Hembert is known for his role in television and film as Karadoc de Vannes in Kaamelot. Returning to the theatre, he is now directing a flamboyant adaptation of Captain Fracasse. In his novel Captain Fracasse, Théophile Gautier takes us […]

J'ai des doutes

By
François Morel
Performed by
François Morel

François Morel’s tender, playful tribute to the great Raymond Devos, J’ai des doutes leads us to rediscover texts which speak of life, death, and the irresistible absurdity that lies between the two.  “Once you’ve seen him you never forget him: […]

Monsieur X

By
Mathilda May
Performed by
Pierre Richard

Directed by Mathilda May, the unforgettable protagonist of the Grand Blond avec une chaussure noire [The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe] opens the doors to a mute world that sways to and forth between dreams and the absurd. […]

Œuvrer son cri

Direction
Sacha Ribeiro
Performed by
Logan De Carvalho, Alicia Devidal, Marie Menechi, Simon Terrenoire, Alice Vannier

Since participating in the April 2016 occupation of the Célestins theatre, artists from the company Courir à la Catastrophe have drawn on this experience to create a play within a play exploring the association between artistic expression and political action. […]

Fraternité

Direction
Caroline Guiela Nguyen
Performed by
Dan Artus, Saadi Bahri, Boutaïna El Fekkak, Hoonaz Ghojallu, Maïmouna Keita, Naani, Élios Noël, Alix Petris, Saaphyra, Vasanth Selvam, Anh Tran Nghia, Hiep Tran Nghia, Mahia Zrouki

A great science-fiction epic, FRATERNITÉ, Conte fantastique flings the doors to the future wide open, depicting a world of reconciliation. A world where nothing is more precious than humanity. Caroline Guiela Nguyen draws on real life in all its complexity […]

5,4,3,2,1 j'existe

By
Sacha Ribeiro, Alice Vannier
Performed by
Sacha Ribeiro, Alice Vannier

Sacha Ribeiro and Alice Vannier take to the stage together to explore the possibility of changing roles, changing places. This is their way of making the stage into a place to search for freedom and question gender stereotypes. One night, […]

En réalités

According to
"La Misère du monde" de Pierre Bourdieu
Direction
Alice Vannier
Performed by
Anna Bouguereau, Margaux Grilleau, Thomas Mallen, Sacha Ribeiro, Vincent Steinebach, Judith Zins

En réalités gives a voice to those who, in one way or another, bear the brunt of the world’s social deprivation. A masterful creation which won the first ever Prix Célest’1 in 2019. Published in 1993, La Misère du monde […]

Eight hours don’t make a day

By
Rainer Werner Fassbinder Épisodes 1 à 5
Direction
Julie Deliquet
Performed by
Lina Alsayed, Julie André, Éric Charon, Évelyne Didi, Christian Drillaud, Olivier Faliez, Ambre Febvre, Zakariya Gouram, Brahim Koutari, Agnès Ramy, David Seigneur, Mikaël Treguer, Hélène Viviès

Combining social commentary and mainstream entertainment, this new piece from Julie Deliquet is a stage adaptation of a little-known television series by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. A joyful and radical piece that plunges us into 1970s working-class Germany. Broadcast in the […]

Zypher Z.

By
Munstrum Théâtre
Direction
Louis Arene
Performed by
Louis Arene, Sophie Botte, Delphine Cottu, Alexandre Éthève, Lionel Lingelser, Erwan Tarlet

A roller-coaster descent into a “post-apocalyptic” world, Zypher Z. brings us face to face with our own demons. A futuristic allegory on the issue of replication. With their passion for creating picturesque, dream-like worlds, Munstrum Theatre catapults us into a […]

Ce que j'appelle oubli

By
Laurent Mauvignier
Direction
Michel Raskine
Performed by
Louis Domallain et Thomas Rortais

In a single unbroken sentence, Ce que j’appelle oubli tells of the fate of a young man who died before he had a chance to live. Michel Raskine portrays the remorseless cruelty of a barbaric act which went unnoticed. This […]

Le Voyage de Gulliver

Direction
Christian Hecq, Valérie Lesort
Performed by
Sami Adjali, David Alexis, Valérie Keruzoré, Valérie Lesort en alternance avec Emmanuelle Bougerol, Laurent Montel, Pauline Tricot, Nicolas Verdier, Éric Verdin en alternance avec Renan Cartraux

They delighted us with their adaptations of 20,000 leagues under the sea and The Fly. Now Christian Hecq et Valérie Lesort are back at the Célestins once more with a fresh take on the fantastical adventures in Jonathan Swift‘s famous […]

Vie de Joseph Roulin

According to
Pierre Michon
Direction
Thierry Jolivet
Performed by
Thierry Jolivet

Thierry Jolivet depicts the life of Vincent Van Gogh through the eyes of postman Joseph Roulin. Based on the novel by Pierre Michon, the show combines theatre, music and video. Joseph Roulin was Van Gogh’s model during the time the […]

La pluie pleure

By
Philippe Gauthier, Nicolas Givran
Direction
Nicolas Givran
Performed by
Julien Dijoux, Fabrice Lartin et un enfant

All through a rainy night, a child and a teenager combine their respective powers of imagination to try to find some solid ground in their lives. Between fantasy and the search for the self, this is a moving, contemporary anti-fairy […]

The Seagull

According to
Anton Tchekhov
Direction
Cyril Teste / Collectif MxM
Performed by
Vincent Berger, Olivia Corsini, Katia Ferreira, Mathias Labelle, Liza Lapert, Xavier Maly, Pierre Timaitre, Gérald Weingand

For his new “film performance”, director Cyril Teste is staging a free adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s La Mouette [The Seagull]. The creation combines theatre and cinema, getting as close as possible to the actors’ bodies, energy and emotions. Trigorin, a […]

Sun Line

By
Ivan Viripaev
Direction
Cécile Auxire-Marmouget
Performed by
Cécile Auxire-Marmouget, Olivier Werner

A man and a woman sit in their kitchen before sunrise. Sun Line shifts between tragedy and comedy, looking at the barriers that separate people and need to be overcome. It’s 5 o’clock in the morning and night will soon […]

ANA

According to
"À nos amours" film de Maurice Pialat et "Les Filles du faubourg" scénario de Arlette Langmann
Direction
Laurent Ziserman
Performed by
Magali Bonat, Benoît Martin, Savannah Rol, Laurent Ziserman

ANA, standing for À nos amours, the famous film by Maurice Pialat, now brought to the stage by actor and director Laurent Ziserman. An intense and physical family huis-clos and winner of the Prix Célest’1 2019 – Maquettes prize. Father, […]

Funeral Night

According to
Johann Sebastian Bach
Direction
Katie Mitchell

Fourteen years after their last production at the Célestins (Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River, directed by Olivier Py), the Opéra de Lyon invites Katie Mitchell as part of its annual festival, whose theme this year is “Family Secrets”. This celebrated artist […]

And I and Silence

By
Naomi Wallace
Direction
René Loyon
Performed by
Sarah Labrin, Morgane Real, Roxanne Roux, Juliette Speck

Considered one of the great living authors of American theatre, Naomi Wallace takes an uncompromising look at her country’s shortcomings. Her play And I and Silence forcefully and beautifully denounces the brutality of social conditioning. “There is a singular tone […]

Kingdom

By
Anne-Cécile Vandalem / Das Fräulein [Kompanie]
Performed by
Arnaud Botman, Laurent Caron, Léonie Chaidron, Federico D’Ambrosio, Juliette Goossens, Philippe Grand’Henry, Épona Guillaume, Zoé Kovacs, Leonor Malamatenios, Isaac Mathot, Daryna Melnyk, Ida Mühleck, Eulalie Poucet, Noa Staes, Lea Swaeles

Who could forget those theatrical yet thoroughly contemporary thrillers, Tristesses and Arctique?    Anne-Cécile Vandalem is back at the Célestins theatre with an epic and enthralling tale about Mankind’s inability to live in peace. They dreamed of getting away from the […]

Chœur des amants

By
Tiago Rodrigues
Performed by
David Geselson, Alma Palacios

Over the past ten years, Tiago Rodrigues has become one of the most prominent artists on the European scene. Here, the director of the Lisbon National Theatre creates a piece for a younger audience: a lyrical, polyphonic tale which takes […]

J'habite ici

By
Jean-Michel Ribes
Performed by
Olivier Broche, Romain Cottard, Manon Chircen, Charly Fournier, Annie Grégorio, Jean Joudé, Alice de Lencquesaing, Philippe Magnan, Marie-Christine Orry, Stéphane Soo Mongo

A piece set “in twelve apartments, with a building manager on the stairs and a road at the front”, Jean-Michel Ribes’ latest trip into the absurd portrays modern society with all the mischief and sense of the grotesque that have […]

Kliniken

By
Lars Norén
Direction
Julie Duclos
Performed by
Mithkal Alzghair, Alexandra Gentil, David Gouhier, Émilie Incerti Formentini, Manon Kneusé, Yohan Lopez, Stéphanie Marc, Cyril Metzger, Leïla Muse, Alix Riemer, Émilien Tessier, Maxime Thébault, Étienne Toqué

A fresco of modern times, Kliniken shines a light on the daily lives of men and women living in a psychiatric hospital. A piece from the late great writer Lars Norén which transcends reality to show us how serious – […]

Aucune idée

By
Christoph Marthaler
Performed by
Graham F. Valentine, Martin Zeller

Theatre, music, comedy… Christoph Marthaler brings his feel for the absurd and his quirky poetry to bear on a piece which explores the whys and wherefores of the shortcomings that propel our lives forward. Friends and partners in theatre since […]

Un sacre

By
Guillaume Poix, Lorraine de Sagazan
Direction
Lorraine de Sagazan
Performed by
Andréa El Azan, Jeanne Favre, Nama Keita, Antonin Meyer-Esquerré, Louise Orry Diquero, Mathieu Perotto, Benjamin Tholozan, Éric Verdin et deux comédiens amateurs (distribution en cours)

For Lorraine de Sagazan and Guillaume Poix, theatre is a place to connect with other people. By listening to those who have not been able to bury their loved ones, those in exile or in prison, those who take care […]

Change Me

According to
Ovide, Isaac de Benserade et la vie de Brandon Teena
Direction
Camille Bernon, Simon Bourgade
Performed by
Camille Bernon, Pauline Bolcatto, Pauline Briand, Baptiste Chabauty, Mathieu Metral

Interweaving mythological figures, 17th century theatre and an event from the 1990s, Change Me explores the issue of transidentity. Staged as a thriller, the play draws the audience into a teenage party that ends in tragedy. As recounted by Ovid […]

Les Hortensias

By
Mohamed Rouabhi
Direction
Patrick Pineau
Performed by
Louis Beyler, Monique Brun, Ahmed Hammadi-Chassin, Claire Lasne-Darcueil, Aline Le Berre, Djibrill MBaye, Nadine Moret, Annie Perret, Olivier Perrier, Mohamed Rouabhi, Marie-Paule Trystam

Continuing his joint enterprise with Mohamed Rouabhi, director Patrick Pineau presents Les Hortensias, a group performance that portrays all the virtues and hopes of humanity. Lola, Robert, Sacha, Prosper, Huguette… These retired stage actors know what it is to be […]

Loss

By
Noëmie Ksicova
Direction
Noëmie Ksicova, Cécile Péricone
Performed by
Lumir Brabant, Anne Cantineau en alternance avec Cécile Péricone, Juliette Launay, Théo Oliveira Machado, Antoine Mathieu et Noëmie Ksicova

How can we keep those who are no longer with us alive, keep them close? Noëmie Ksicova pulls on the threads of absence and grief in a delicate piece which employs great sensitivity to address that which is beyond repair. […]

Le Bourgeois gentilhomme

By
Molière
Direction
Jérôme Deschamps
Performed by
Flore Babled (en alternance), Jean-Claude Bolle-Reddat, Sébastien Boudrot, Bénédicte Choisnet (en alternance), Vincent Debost, Jérôme Deschamps, Pauline Deshons (en alternance), Aurélien Gabrielli, Pauline Gardel (en alternance), Guillaume Laloux, Josiane Stoleru, Pauline Tricot

The creator of the French comedy TV series “Les Deschiens” brings The Bourgeois Gentleman to the stage. Accompanied by the Musiciens du Louvre, he takes on the role of Monsieur Jourdain, directing a zany and dreamlike comedy ballet. Monsieur Jourdain […]

Le Passé

By
Leonid Andreev
Direction
Julien Gosselin / Compagnie Si vous pouviez lécher mon cœur
Performed by
Guillaume Bachelé, Joseph Drouet, Denis Eyriey, Carine Goron, Victoria Quesnel, Achille Reggianni, Maxence Vandevelde (distribution en cours)

His adaptation of Elementary Particles was one of the highlights of our 2014-15 season. Today, Julien Gosselin moves away from contemporary writing to bring together on stage texts by Leonid Andreev (1871-1919). A poignant farewell to a humanity and theatre […]

Les Étrangers

By
Clément Bondu
Performed by
Elisa Carricajo, Mona Chaïbi, Lisa Kramarz, Antonin Meyer-Esquerré (à l'image), Mathieu Perotto

A reflection on language, the past, and the power of imagination, Les Étrangers paints a portrait of European youth in the 21st century. From Paris to Berlin, from Naples to Moscow, from Sète to Tangier: this is a chronicle of […]

Des territoires

By
Baptiste Amann
Performed by
Solal Bouloudnine, Alexandra Castellon, Nailia Harzoune, Yohann Pisiou, Samuel Réhault, Lyn Thibault, Olivier Veillon

Inheritance, citizenship, identity: from the intimate to the political, Baptiste Amann imbues this epic theatrical crossing with the vibrant colours of our age. At the centre of these three Territoires (Nous sifflerons la Marseillaise… / …d’une prison l’autre… / …et […]

Room

By
James Thierrée
Performed by
James Thierrée, Ching-Ying Chien, Mathias Durand, Samuel Dutertre, Hélène Escriva, Steeve Eton, Damien Fleau, Maxime Fleau, Myrtille Hetzel, Nora Horvath, Magnus Jakobsson

Purify, exalt, share … For his new creation, James Thierrée wishes to renew the relationship that unites him to the public. With an unbridled musical ensemble, he presents Room, a trip of drawers all in excess in his extraordinary universe. […]

L’Île d’Or

By
Théâtre du Soleil
Performed by
Shaghayegh Beheshti, Duccio Bellugi-Vannuccini, Georges Bigot, Aline Borsari, Sébastien Brottet-Michel, Juliana Carneiro da Cunha, Hélène Cinque, Marie-Jasmine Cocito, Eve Doe Bruce, Maurice Durozier, Man Waï Fok, Farid Gul Ahmad, Sayed Ahmad Hashimi, Samir Abdul Jabbar Saed, Martial Jacques, Dominique Jambert, Judit Jancso, Shafiq Kohi, Agustin Letelier, Ya-Hui Liang, Vincent Mangado, Andréa Marchant, Julia Marini, Alice Milléquant, Taher Mohd Akbar, Nirupama Nityanandan, Miguel Nogueira da Gama, Seietsu Onochi, Vijayan Panikkaveetil, Reza Ghulam Rajabi, Omid Rawendah, Xevi Ribas, Arman Saribekyan, Thérèse Spirli

Look, an island! In 2011, Les Naufragés du Fol Espoir dazzled us with their explosive humanism. Ariane Mnouchkine and the Théâtre du Soleil company are back with us for another long-haul trip. Destination: the shores of a paradise waiting to […]

La Révolte des Canuts

By
François Hien
Performed by
Jérôme Cochet, Maud Cosset-Chéneau, Clémentine Desgranges, Géraldine Favre, Arthur Fourcade, François Gorrissen, François Hien, Martin Sève, Flora Souchier et une cinquantaine d'artistes amateurs

A historical fresco shot through with current political sentiment, La Révolte des Canuts, a story about the textile workers’ uprising in Lyon, was commissioned by the Opera and written over several months during workshops with amateur actors. Between 1831 and […]