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 Kumulus Theatre company

Translated by Isabel Pitman

 

Harsh reality and raw sensitivity - that is what it's all about.

Kumulus offers an eminently political genre of theatre that draws on topical issues, and urges the audience to reflect on the world through varying forms of staging, which hold up a mirror to the downward slide of a modern society gone astray.  Therefore productions such as The Squames (Les Squames), Homeless (SDF), Everything is OK (Tout Va Bien) and Lease for Sale (Bail à Céder) are performed in public spaces in the thick of the action, to bring members of the audience face to face with the reality of their everyday lives.

Over the past decade, Barthélemy Bompard has produced works such as as End(s)less Route (Itinéraire sans fond(s)) Deafening silence (Silence encombrant) and Naufrage that are all essentially based on the expressiveness of gesture, sound and image, imbued with a metaphorical slant and universal dreamlike aesthetic that harks back to expressionist theatre.

 

The Kumulus Theatre Company is subsidised by the French Ministry of Culture / D.R.A.C. (French Regional Cultural Affairs Authority), and works with the support of the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Region and the Drôme Department.

 

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Série C - New production project for 2017

 

The title “C Set” comes from a song by the Ivorian group Espoir 2000 – it’s all about young schoolgirls today bound for a career in areas that begin with the letter ‘c’ in French: needlework (couture), hairdressing (coiffure), unemployment (chômage) and bounty hunters (chasseur de prime).

As it stands in 2016, women throughout the world are still viewed, to varying degrees, as being inferior to men. The history of men and women has been built on a lie – that of inequality and submission.
Is that because men are scared of woman?
Or because it’s really women who hold the power?

Three women and two men stand face to face:  two cultures clashing over their views on women’s place in society, over their vision of the world today and in the future, over their revolts and dreams…
We are confronted by a spectacle of verbal jousting accompanied by live musicians. This is a group work, born of true, raw material, namely the collective life experience of each member of the cast, staged and directed by Barthélemy Bompard.


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 Distribution
A show by Barthélemy Bompard.
Artistic direction: Barthélemy Bompard.
Created and performed by Armelle Bérengier, Dominique Bettenfeld, Jean-Pierre Charron, Rasmata Kouraogo, Hilaire Nana, Olivier Somé and Maïmouna Tony.
Musical composition and performance by Jean-Pierre Charron and Olivier Somé.
Costume Roukiatou Touré and Marie Cécile Winling
Set Abdraman Ouedraogo and Takara company

Arts promotion and financial aid

ACMUR - Festival Rendez-vous chez nous | Association Siraba | Atelier 231, C.N.A.R. à Sotteville-lès-Rouen |  Coopérative De Rue et De Cirque (2r2c) | Institut Français à Paris | Les Ateliers Frappaz, Centre National des Arts de la Rue et de l’Espace Public (Villeurbanne) | Mairie de Nanterre - Festival Parade(s)| SPEDIDAM.

Production development schedule
Casting and development workshop held at the site for the Association Siraba, at the Centre Culturel Désiré Somé in Bobo Dioulasso in Burkina Faso, from 29th December 2016 to 4th February 2017.

Tour dates in Burkina
February 9th at 15h30 in Kienfangué market
February 10th at 15h30 in Basam Yam market
February 11th at 18h in the place de la Femme in Ouagadougou
February 17th at 17h in the centre Djeli in Bobo Dioulasso
February 18th at 18h in the centre Sirabara in Bobo Dioulasso

As part of the festival Festival Rendez-vous chez nous in Burkina Faso

Tour dates in France
Parade(s) Festival, 3th & 4th June
Onze Bouge Festival, 5th June
The 2R2C 2017 season, 8th – 10th June
Les Invites de Villeurbanne, 22th June
La Rue est à Amiens, 25th June
Festival VivaCité, 1st & 2nd July
Cratère Surfaces festival, 5th & 7th July
Bizz'art Festival, 9th July

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