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Vive l'armée! by Superamas

Created on Thursday, 01 December 2016 Written by Student Centre Zagreb

premiered 7th of November @ Maison de la Culture d’Amiens

upcoming dates:

19th and 20th of January 2017 @ Kaaitheater, Brussels 

10th and 11th of March 2017 @  BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen


France is at war!

«Yes, France is at war with terrorism». This is what Manuel Valls, Prime Minister of France said before the French National Assembly on 13 January 2015, a few days after the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Vive l’Armée! But what army? The army of drones, ballistic missiles and special forces? Or the army of World War I, the army of trench warfare and mustard gas? After all, when France adores its army today, the country equally celebrates the army of yesterday.

The army which from 1914 to 1918, saw 1.4 million casualties in its ranks and three times that number wounded.

What is the connection one can make between the soldiers of yesterday and the soldiers of today? Between the conscripts drafted into the military and the professionals who join voluntarily?

The connection is the reason why they are deployed: to defend the country and the national interests of France. Although the army has undergone a radical change – from the incarnation of a nation in arms a century ago to a specialist force, a professional and permanent army, its raison d’être has remained the same: it is an instrument of national power epitomised.


The theatre of operation

Like other productions of the collective Superamas, Vive l’Armée! brings together a variety of art forms. Theatre, choreography, performance, music and cinema are woven into a epic and spectacular tapestry. A film on the silver screen; war on stage.

The mise-en-scène banks on the dialogue between the two media. Screen and stage respond to each other, repeat each other or contradict each other. The images on film provide a context for reality on stage. The bodies on stage flesh out the discourse on film. Their common language is sound which, from the actors’ voices to the music, moves from one to the other, comes from one to animate the other.



Concept, performance, set, sound, light design by Superamas.

Performers: Teresa Acevedo, Agata Maszkiewicz, Agnieszka Ryszkiewicz, Superamas.

Costumes: Sofie Durnez.

Voices: Davis Freeman, Dianne Weller, Tess Bryan, Stormy Leugers, Superamas.

Music: «A Piece of Sky» Music © Ginger Dellenbaugh All Rights Reserved a.o.

Film "We are here" by Superamas: Cameras: Mickaël Trident, Mickaël Troivaux, Geoffroy Duval /Sound: Superamas /Choreography: Agnieszka Ryszkiewic, Agata Maszkiewicz, Superamas / Costumes: Sofie Durnez / Starring: Jacques Pauwels, students from lycées M. Michelis & R. de Luzarches, Amiens & amateurs from l'atelier théâtre du service jeunesse de la ville d'Amiens, Superamas, Agnieszka Ryszkiewicz, Geoffroy Duval, Sofie Durnez.


Produced by: Superamas

Co-producers: Maison de la Culture Amiens France, Tanzquartier Vienna Austria, Kaaitheater Brussels Belgium, BIT-Teatergarasjen Bergen Norway, House on Fire with the support of the Culture Program of the European Union.

Supported by: City of Vienna Austria, Federal Chancellory for the Arts Austria, Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles Hauts-de-France Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication France, Région Hauts-de-France, Mission Centenaire 2016 et Amiens Métropole France.

In collaboration with: Buda Art Center Belgium, Szene Salzburg Austria, ARC artist residency Romainmôtier Switzerland, Abbaye Royale de Saint Riquier Centre Culturel de Rencontre France, Centre culturel Jacques Tati Amiens, France, Programme "Parcours découverte" Région Hauts-de-France.


Thanks to the below mentioned for their support:

Stage work: Luc Moreau Prototoutyp, Luc Moreau, Julia Walleczek-Fritz, Detlef Polay, Meinhard Rauchensteiner, Chad Wiens. Thanks to brut and Tanzquartier Vienna for hosting stations open to public towards this work.

Film work: Jacques Pauwels, the teachers: Catherine Peuziat, Stéphanie Legendre, Valérie Roger and Nathalie Casquinha as well as Hocine Tighersine and Céline Bergeron, Bruno De Saedeleer et l'association "Sauvegarde du Patrimoine", Lassigny France.


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