At 11:25 am

Running time: 1h15
at 11:25 am: from July 4 to 28 - No performance: July 8, 15, 22


+33 (0)4 90 01 90 54


From 12 years old

French language
  • Cardholder12 €
  • Full price18.5 €
  • Child (under 15s)10 €

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5 , rue Ninon Vallin
84000 - Avignon - Venue map

Hall name: Théâtre Episcène
Seating Capacity: 98

  • Access to disabled
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bleachers
  • Armchairs

Premiere in Avignon

Show resume

After Les filles aux mains jaunes Dynamo Théâtre presents Zinc. In this 2019 creation, by Joëlle Cattino and Michel Bellier, three eccentric characters, a kind of lecturers, tell us the ubuesque story of a small village tossed about by history.
Zinc is the incredible story of Emil Rixen, a very ordinary hero. He is not an adventurer or a traveller. However, he will change his nationality five times and spend his life changing countries, without ever crossing a border. It is that he lives on a tiny piece of land that belongs to no one, but that everyone is fighting because of a huge zinc deposit. A territory as big as a confetti, where borders suddenly cross the dining rooms, separating entire families, where Esperanto, the universal language, is declared the official language. For 100 years, the great European nations will compete for these few square kilometres in the heart of Europe to get their hands on this mine.
Through a truly eccentric conference, two actors and a musician tell the story of this micro-country shaken by the changing winds of history. Iconoclastic clowns, they play multiple roles, storytellers, geometers, ethnologists, Prussian officers, single mothers, Napoleon, Belgian revolutionaries.... and greedily multiply incredible and often truculent anecdotes, transforming the game of great nations and the stupidity of bureaucracy into absurdity. During this strange epic conference, they gradually address the non-consensual questions raised by David Van Reybrouk's essay, questioning us about the possible end of a European utopia, the return of borders, and thus the resurgence of nationalism.
"Zinc" has received the support of the City of Marseille & Spedidam. Showhosted in residence by the Festival de Valréas and ViensVoir-lieu culturel Tavel. The company is based in the South Region.

Artists / Staff

  • Metteuse en scène : Joëlle Cattino
  • Interprète(s) : Patrick Donnay, Michel Bellier, Paolo Cafiero
  • Sceno & costumes : Renata Gorka
  • Eclairagiste : Paolo Cafiero

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Coproduction: Festival des Nuits de L''Enclave
Coproduction: Théâtre de Grasse-scène conventionnée
Coproduction: Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

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