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Premiered 2019

After LENGA, SELVE is the second part of "La Guerre des Natures", GdRA’s new series of theatrical performances combining visual and performing arts, dance, circus, music and anthropology.

The GdRA says the text of Sylvana Opoya, a "Native American" Wayana woman from the Amazon. After a joint work of writing and design, she spreads out on stage in phonography in her language, with her words, videographies, photographs, drawings: woman, forest, itu jekët, "dense forest". She spreads in everything, even into the body of the performers, who translate and tell her.

From Guiana, her native country –which is hit by large-scale suicide among indigenous people, poisoning due to gold panning and evangelistic proselytism – Sylvana provokes an echo to the world and our communities.

How do we play an active role locally? What is our future as  indigenous people?


Photos : Hélène Canaud, Nicolas Pradal, Christophe Rulhes

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Author and director: Christophe Rulhes
Author: Sylvana Opoya and Christophe Rulhes
Authors and performers: Bénédicte Le Lamer, Chloé Beillevaire, Julien Cassier and Christophe Rulhes.
Choreographers: Julien Cassier and Chloé Beillevaire
Music: Christophe Rulhes
Artistic collaborator, video: Nicolas Pradal
Set design: GdRA, drawings by Benoît Bonnemaison-Fitte, photographs by Hélène Canaud
Costume design: Céline Sathal
Lighting design: Marie Boethas
Sound design: Pedro Theuriet
Technical director and production management: David Løchen
Building: Pierre Paillès
Office management: Frédéric Cauchetier
Production, touring management, press: AlterMachine I Elisabeth Le Coënt & Noura Sairour
A GdRA production
Co-production and residencies : Les 2 Scènes - Scène nationale, Besançon; 2 Pôles Cirque en Normandie / La Brèche à Cherbourg – CirqueThéâtre d’Elbeuf; L’AGORA - Pôle National Cirque, Boulazac; l’Usine - Centre National des Arts de la Rue, Tournefeuille.
Co-production: : Les 2 Scènes - Scène nationale, Besançon ; 2 Pôles Cirque en Normandie / La Brèche à Cherbourg – Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf ; L’AGORA - Pôle National Cirque, Boulazac ; l’Usine - Centre National des Arts de la Rue, Tournefeuille. Coproduction : La Scène Nationale d’Albi ; TRR - Théâtre Romain Roland Villejuif ; Le Théâtre d’Arles - Scène conventionnée art et création pour les nouvelles écritures, Arles.
Residencies : CIRCa Pôle National Cirque, Auch Gers Occitanie ; Théâtre de Vidy – Lausanne (Suisse); Le Théâtre Garonne, scène européenne, Toulouse.

The text SELVE is laureat of l’Aide à la création de textes dramatiques - ARTCENA
The production SELVE is financially supported by Fondation d’entreprise Hermès in the context of New Settings programme.
With the support of SPEDIDAM.
Le GdRA is supported by Ministère de la Culture DRAC Occitanie, Région Occitanie Pyrénées-Méditerranée and Ville de Toulouse.
The production SELVE is supported by DAC Guyane, DGLFLF du Ministère des Outre-Mer.
This project falls within the programme LaB E23, as a trial, it receives financial support from the transnational cooperation Europoean programme Interreg France-Switzerland 2014-2020 - European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) totaling 566 324,20€.

Getting here

THU 24 OCT 2019 / 8:30 pm

SAT 26 OCT 2019 / 8:30 pm

Auditorium Mouzon

19€ / 15€

from 10 years

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