©Jean Pierre Estournet
©Jean Pierre Estournet
©Jean Pierre Estournet
©Jean Pierre Estournet
©Vincent Vanhecke
©Vincent Vanhecke
©Vincent Vanhecke
first performed 2011


A globe of the earth, a car bonnet, a birdcage, a doll, a washing machine … All of these broken bits of scrap have tumbled out of a waste skip and are hauled away by a group of fragile characters who carry it all with the strength of their own bare arms and an unwavering iron will. Shuffling slowly with hesitant steps, faces caked in dust, there is the clown, the policeman, the prostitute, the poet and all the others who drag (themselves) along the bits of waste and dump them on the tarmac, turning the space into a rubbish tip. Amidst the silence screaming out with noise, with the sound of debris scraping along the ground, the sound of crashing and mute encounters, these men and women try to find some sort of meaning in this puzzle of rubble. This choreography of shadows holds up its resistance, pushing the frontline towards unknown shores, where the madness of the wise,and the wisdom of the mad stare at one another head-on.

Press review

Edouard Launet
A scrap symphony, a choreography of despair. ”
Mathieu Braunstein
Here in the boundless strangeness of these ” sub-humans “, who appear totally indifferent to one another, we can see traces of Beckett, Butoh, and a whole body of well-known catastrophe theatre… “
Thomas Hahn
” Human rejects become universal symbols, even realer than life itself, as they embrace the unwavering dance of time. “


A show by Barthélemy Bompard | artistic direction Barthélemy Bompard with the assistance of Nicolas Quilliard | created and performed by Dominique Bettenfeld, Barthélemy Bompard, Jean-Pierre Charron, Céline Damiron, Marie-Pascale Grenier, Dominique Moysan, Nina Sérusier, Nicolas Quilliard & Judith Thiébaut | body work Judith Thiébaut | sound work Jean-Pierre Charron | costume designer Marie-Cécile Winling, Catherine Sardi | set designer Dominique Moysan | make-up artist Marie-Cécile Winling ou Catherine Sardi | technical production Djamel Djerboua & Jules Sanchez

Arts promotion and financial aids

Arts promotion and financial aids Atelier 231 | C.N.A.R. à Sotteville-lès-Rouen,  D.G.C.A., Les Usines Boinot | C.N.A.R. à Niort, Le Moulin Fondu | C.N.A.R. à Noisy-le-Sec, La Paperie | C.N.A.R. à St Barthélemy d’Anjou, Le Parapluie | Centre international de création artistique à Aurillac, Pronomade(s) en Haute-Garonne | C.N.A.R. à Encausse-Les-Thermes, Quelques p’Arts… Scène Rhône-Alpes | C.N.A.R à Boulieu-lès-Annonay,  S.A.C.D. | Auteurs d’espace public



Teaser of “Silence encombrant” – 2’07
août 2011 – Alice Béthular

Video of  “Silence encombrant” – 18’20
août 2011 – Alice Béthular