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„Chacun appelle barbarie ce qui n’est pas de son usage. (...) Nous pouvons donc bien les appeler barbares, eu égard aux règles de la raison, mais non pas eu égard à nous, qui les surpassons en toute sorte de barbarie“

Michel de Montaigne (1533 – 1592), Les Essais, I, 31

The Collectif barbare was founded in 2006 by the musician, composer, performer and director Astride Schlaefli after winning the 2nd prize of PREMIO.

The Collectif barbare is a happy mix of professional musicians, performers and multi-media artists from Switzerland, France, Germany...

The Collectif barbare produces and create projects related to the new musical theater (neues Musiktheater), performance, intervention and installation. In addition, it explores the troubling areas that lie between private person and performer. Since 2005 it also carries out participatory projects with young people and other non-professionals of the scene.

The root of each work of the Collectif barbare is a reflection on the human condition. Each project raises questions about the structure and functioning of a society and the people that make it up. What are their defects and qualities? What is the weight of society and its codes on the individual? Under what conditions and circumstances is violence born? Who defines what is civilized and what is not?

The Collectif barbare explores the concepts of "common sense", "civilization" and "morality" in the light of an analysis that gives place to poetic and offbeat images. It is a theater without tricks that combines sincerity and emotion. It gives a mirror to its audience in which everyone can recognize himself.