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James Thierrée

Compagnie du Hanneton

Tabac Rouge

TNP, Villeurbanne - Grand Théâtre


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Dance and Performance

Performance is at the heart of this Biennale edition. Learn more and discover the shows.


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When does the word “choreodrama” apply? When James Thierrée uses dance to probe the human condition. A way of alerting us that the tyrants are tired and that the downtrodden shall rise.

In 2009, James Thierrée performed alone on stage in Raoul, full of an anxiety and solitude that gradually disappeared. This work was already on the verge of dance. In Tabac Rouge, James the acrobat, the mime and the actor changes course once again. As if this show were designed to counter the previous one. Now we have the director and choreographer, with writing that is tailored not for himself but for the dancers and the set. Textless, wordless and maybe even plotless, this dystopian “choreodrama” is a toxic, fantastical vision. Costumes by Victoria Chaplin. All the rest by James Thierrée. At the heart of this world, a haunted, pipe-smoking tyrant, a defeated old man sunken in his decrepit armchair. And at his feet: the people, like woodlice or ants, scuttling around, perched on rollers or climbing in the air. To make the drama rumble, the choreographer has concocted a world steeped in Dantean darkness: a stage that is an extension of the world, full of people and a hodgepodge of objects, mirrored walls, lunatic piping, scaffolding, cables, perches, a catapult, lamp-bodies with lampshade heads, noise, patched-up circuits and well-balanced contortions. It’s a dance that doesn’t forget its origins. From the imagination of a magician who made his name in 1998 with a turbulent and circus-like Symphonie du Hanneton (Symphony for a Beetle). That little beetle, as his family called him, became the name of his performing company. Fifteen years later, the beetle begins to consider his possible retreat from the stage. As if to better face it, no longer blinded by the lights.

TNP, Villeurbanne - Grand Théâtre

Dates et horaires

  • Wed 10 Sep20:30
  • Thu 11 Sep20:30
  • Fri 12 Sep20:30
  • Sat 13 Sep20:30
  • Mon 15 Sep20:30
  • Tue 16 Sep20:30
  • Wed 17 Sep20:30
  • Thu 18 Sep20:30
  • Fri 19 Sep20:30
  • Sat 20 Sep20:30
  • Mon 22 Sep20:30
  • Durée : 1h30 environ


  • Plein tarif 35€
  • Tarif réduit 32€


  • CatégorieA
  • Dans l'abonnement Maison de la Danse

Piece for 10 dancers — 2013 — Run time 1h30

Chorédrame de James Thierrée

Interprété par : James Thiérrée, Anna Calsina Forrellad, Noémie Ettlin, Namkyung Kim, Matina Kokolaki, Katell Le Brenn, Piergiorgio Milano, Thi Mai Nguyen, Ioulia Plotnikova, Manuel Rodriguez — Mise en scène, scénographie et chorégraphie : James Thiérrée – Costumes : Victoria Thierrée — Assistante à la mise en scène : Sidonie Pigeon — Plateau : Anthony Nicolas, Fabrice Henches, Gerd Walter — Son : Thomas Delot – Régie lumière : Bastien Courthieu — Habilleuse accessoiriste : Sabine Schlemmer — Production, diffusion, communication : Emmanuelle Taccard, Sidonie Pigeon – Remerciements à : Matthieu Chédid, Marion Lévy, Kaori Ito, Laura Léonard, Monika Schwarzl, les Ateliers de construction de Vidy Lausanne, Marie Rossetti, Matthieu Bony, Brigitte Brassard, Brad Ackley, Julie Guibert, Nasser Hammadi, Gildas Lointier, Frédéric Longbois, Quentin Manfroy, le Centre National de la Danse (Paris), et l’association BML-AMA

Spectacle présenté avec la participation exceptionnelle de la région Rhône-Alpes — Accueil : TNP, Biennale de la danse

Production déléguée Cie du Hanneton - Junebug. Coproduction Théâtre Vidy - Lausanne, Théâtre de la Ville - Paris, Le Printemps des Comédiens - Montpellier, Théâtre Royal de Namur, La Coursive Scène nationale de La Rochelle, Sadler’s Wells - Londres en collaboration avec Crying Out Loud, Festival Tchekhov Moscou, Le Cado Orléans, Maison de la Culture de Nevers, Théâtre André Malraux - Rueil Malmaison, Théâtre Jacques Prévert d’Aulnay-sous-Bois, Le Carré-Les Colonnes - Saint-Médard-en-Jalles, La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand Scène nationale, L’Arc Scène nationale du Creusot. Avec le soutien du Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / DGCA et de l’Adami. La Cie du Hanneton est conventionnée par le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / DGCA et soutenue par la Fondation BNP Paribas.

La Compagnie du Hanneton bénéficie du soutien de la Fondation BNP Paribas.

Photo © DR — Portrait © Richard Haughton­

To be explored



Performative dances: deframed French choreographies, 1990-2010.

Café Danse - CCI, Palais du Commerce
Wed 17, 4 pm - Free Entry

Jan Fabre

Jan Fabre is Laurent Goumarre’s special guest for a conversation that’s open to the public. 

Théâtre Les Ateliers
Sat 20, 2pm - Free entry


Performance: a history in commentary and images. This lecture, open to all, offers a journey through the history of performance with video excerpts enriched by commentaries. 

Café Danse - CCI, Palais du Commerce
Fri 19, 6pm - Free entry


Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present by Matthew Akers. A retrospective of her work which will be the opportunity for Abramović to answer the  question she is constantly asked: how is this art?

Cinéma Le Comoedia
Sun 21, 11.15am – Single price: €4.80


An event around the DVD Anna Halprin, Danser sa vie,  just released in France. An invitation to discover the career of this wonderful dancer through a historical presentation, screenings, and an exploration of the body. 

Théâtre Les Ateliers
Sat 27, 5.30pm - Free entry

Frigo Group

Performance art was one of the forms of artistic action produced by the Frigo group in Lyon in the 1980s. The Biennale has invited the players in that adventure to comment on a screening of their major performances of the time. 

Café Danse - CCI, Palais du Commerce
Sat 13 at 2pm

To be experienced


Ambra Senatore

Asta, an auction
Performance: Ambra holds an auction of everyday acts. The winning bidder will have their purchase performed at their home by Ambra Senatore.

Café Danse - CCI, Palais du Commerce
Thu 18, 12.30-2.30pm

Free entry 


Les Thermes

France Distraction - Living installation

A swimming pool filled with 25,000 black balls. On each ball, inscriptions borrowed from the Stoics. All you need to do is dive in, for a perfectly
literal immersion in a “big bath of morality”. A philosophical yet highly entertaining experience.

Café Danse - Palais du commerce
Wed 10, 17 and 24 and Sat 13 and 27, 1-5pm

Free entry, unlimited experimentation (subject to space)

Sat 20 at 2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm
Experiment assisted by Julien Fournet and Alice Popieul.

Free entry, booking required at ticket office

Thu 18 and Fri 19
Assisted experimentation, for schools only (booking required)