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Germinal: Antoine Defoort and Halory Goerger

"A feast for language lovers… They have more than earned the thunderous applause afterwards" cobra.be


Sept 26 - Sept 28: Project Arts Centre (Space Upstairs)

In the beginning there was nothing. Then there was light. Then darkness. And then light again…

Germinal is a playful and inventive production in which four performers draw from sources as diverse as philosophy, strategy video games and the films of Jacques Demy to conjure a universe in a black box. Using simple theatre tools – mixers, microphones, intercoms – they discover telepathy and invent speech, moving quickly to construct the very foundations of social interaction. The explorers map reality bit by bit in speech bubbles, on digital screens and in exuberant sing-alongs. As their environment becomes increasingly complex, a challenge is posed: in a world-system founded on categories and classifications, how can they maintain togetherness?

Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort move freely between visual art, music and interactive performance, combining their eclectic interests to create constantly shifting visions of theatre.

Performed in French with English surtitles.

Performance briefly includes strong, flashing lights.

With the support of the French Embassy in Ireland and the Institut Francais

French Embassy in Ireland supporting Germinal at Dublin Theatre Festival  Institut Francais supporting Germinal at Dublin Theatre Festival 2013

Co-production: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, La Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, Le Phénix, Buda, Vooruit, Le Vivat, CECN, Alkantara Festival, TNBA, Théâtre de la Manufacture- CDN Nancy Lorraine, Baltoscandal Festival, Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival, Rotterdamse Schouwburg. Project co-produced by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

Talking Theatre: Sept 26, post-show. With members of the company.

Duration: 80 mins. No interval.

Concieved by:

  • Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort


  • Arnaud Boulogne
  • Ondine Cloez
  • Antoine Defoort
  • Halory Goerger

Technical Direction:

  • Maël Teillant

Lighting and Video:

  • Sébastien Bausseron


  • Robin Mignot

Light Consultant:

  • Annie Leuridan

Set Construction:

  • Christian Allamano and Cédric Ravier


  • l'Amicale de production

Production Manager, Outside Eyes:

  • Julien Fournet

Production Assistant:

  • Mathilde Maillard


  • Sarah Calvez

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