Halory Goerger & Antoine Defoort

A film of the entire performance with english subtitles is available (for a fee) at ONTHEBOARD.TV


there are rules
walk man
bridges and highways
the entire universe
master plan
civil code


1/ a closed system, an endogenous and self-generating play.

2/ a laboratory for the creation of worlds / systems / universes / etc.

3/ a study of the critical moments in the history of civilization, without any historical perspective.


This performance has been in residency and created at the Subsistances in Lyon, within the framework of the Biennale de la Danse in Lyon

Production l'Amicale de production

Coproduction La Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, Théâtre de la Manufacture - Centre Dramatique National Nancy Lorraine, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), le Phénix- Scène nationale de Valenciennes, Buda Kunstencentrum (Kortrijk), Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Gent), le Vivat-Scène conventionnée d’Armentières, le Manège.mons/CECN/technocITé, alkantara festival (Lisbon), le TnBA-Théâtre National de Bordeaux en Aquitaine, Théâtre de la Manufacture - Centre Dramatique National Nancy Lorraine, Festival Baltoscandal (Rakvere) , Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Festival Transamériques (Montréal- FTA), CARREFOUR INTERNATIONAL DE THÉÂTRE, QUÉBEC (QC) and le CENTQUATRE - Paris

Support This project is supported by the Conseil Régional Nord Pas de Calais and has an agreement with the ministry of Culture and Communication (DRAC Nord Pas de Calais).

European network This project is made with the support of apap/Performing European network (DGEAC- Cultural Program). This project is coproduced by NXTSTP, Programme Culture de l’Union Européenne.

Germinal is supported by the French Institute for its diffusion abroad

The Germinal tour in Quebec is possible thanks to the support of the French Institute and the french General consulate in Québec within the frame of the frimas program

GERMINAL features individuals who see the stage as an empty and fruitful space where everything is in the making. Within this space, efforts will be made to create a system or, in more candid terms, one might say: a world.

In Germinal, we are indeed reinventing the wheel, but in doing so, we are questioning almost everything and putting it on trial, from the laws of physics to the foundations of social interaction. And this is done within the relatively narrow context of an empty performance stage.

If we had the opportunity to start from scratch, even in a space of 8 meters by 10 meters, how would we do it ?


Index of the chapters of the french novel Bouvard et Pecuchet. Incidentally, a good list of the topics that we intended to cover in Germinal :

2. Agriculture; landscape gardening; food preservation
3. Chemistry; anatomy; medicine; biology; geology
4. Archeology; architecture; history, mnemonics
5. Literature; grammar; aesthetics / 6. Politics / 7. Love
8. Gymnastics; occultism; philosophy
10. Education; music; urban planning

Conception - Halory Goerger & Antoine Defoort
Interpretation - Arnaud Boulogne or Jean-Baptiste Delannoy, Ondine Cloez or Beatriz Setien, Antoine Defoort or Denis Robert, Halory Goerger or Sébastien Vial and the voice of Mathilde Maillard.

Technical direction: Colin Plancher / Frédérick Borrotzu
Stage management: Colin Plancher / Frédérick Borrotzu
Sound: Robin Mignot/ Régis Estreich
Light and video: Sébastien Bausseron / Alice Dussart
Technical conception : Maël Teillant
Construction: Christian Allamano (Subsistances), Cédric Ravier et Danny Vandeput (Kunstenfestivaldesarts)
Light consulting: Annie Leuridan
Outside eyes: Julien Fournet
Project manager: Marine Thevenet
Production assistant: Thomas Riou
Administration: Kevin Deffrennes

Photo credit : Alain Rico

Download the project's presentation with technical memo