Kumulus Theatre Company

translated by Isabel Pitman

Harsh reality and raw sensitivity.

Inspired by the work of Pina Bausch, Jérôme Bosch and Alain Platel, Barthélemy Bompard imbues his work with an air of German Expressionism, pushing emotions to fever pitch.
Kumulus, his theatre company, uses gesture, words and sound to interpret themes from daily life and current world affairs, including racism, madness and exodus…
The way in which Kumulus productions are written and staged revolves around one overriding, theatrical parameter: public spaces.


LIBÉRATION
Rencontres de boîtes
” Even the confines of theatre lose all of their bearings. Thanks to these duos, which appear to the audience like transient sculptures, Kumulus manages to dissolve the stage and break it up into a sea of little islands. The show surrenders all forms of narration to adopt instead a language in flux.”
L’HUMANITÉ
Les Squames
” The Squames was a mind-boggling display of ape-like men locked up in a cage that was parked in the middle of the Jardin des Carmes for a whole afternoon. “
RUE DU THÉÂTRE – Michel Voiturier
Les Pendus
” This is theatre that hits you like a torrent, but staged in a crystal-clear way. It’s a powerful punch. Uncompromising, and steering clear of clichés of submission, demagogical commercialisation and the soft purr of culture.”
DANSER – Thomas Hahn
Silence encombrant
” Human rejects become universal symbols, even realer than life itself, as they embrace the unwavering dance of time.”

The Kumulus Theatre Company works with the support of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cultural Affairs Authority, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region and the Drôme Department.