Aucune idée

  • Theater
  • Musical show
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 the 1970s, renowned Swiss director Christoph Marthaler and Scottish singer and actor Graham F. Valentine share a taste for a theatrical style which is ordinary yet mischievous. Their latest collaboration, entitled Aucune idée, is a celebration of the life force that lies hidden beneath our minor errors and epic failures. With musician from Zurich Martin Zeller on the cello and viola da gamba, this piece opens the doors to a world which exists on the brink of the absurd. This polymorphic show – a confluence of words, song, and farce – embarks upon an examination of a very ordinary phenomenon: failure. How does it happen? Where does it reside? Is it found at the edges or at the centre of expertise and knowledge?
Marthaler, Valentine et Zeller have no idea. They examine the way our shortcomings are inherited. Using different languages. Exploring all kinds of avenues. Between existential lucidity and childish mischief. And, of course, through music.

  • International Swiss
Running time
1 : 20
Main auditorium

from 7 to 40 €

Set designer – Duri Bischoff / Drama – Malte Ubenauf / Music – Martin Zeller / Light designer – Jean-Baptiste Boutte / Costume designer – Sara Kittelmann / Assistant director – Camille Logoz, Floriane Mésenge / Props and constructed by Ateliers du Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne

Production: Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
Coproduction: Festival d’Automne, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris, Temporada Alta – Festival international de Catalunya Girona/Salt, TANDEM – Scène nationale Arras-Douai, Fondazione Campania dei Festival – Campania Teatro Festival, Théâtre national de Nice – Centre dramatique national Nice-Côte d’Azur, Maillon – Théâtre de Strasbourg – Scène européenne

With the support of ProHelvetia – Fondation suisse pour la culture
With the production, technical, communication & publics et administration teams of the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne

“Une fois de plus, Marthaler parvient à rendre intrigante et intranquille l’existence lénifiante qu’il dépeint avec loufoquerie et subversion puisque son apparente banalité se voit aussi bien étrangéisée que poétisée”. Sceneweb