All cultures have their own celebrations and festive rituals. All over the world, being a host is precious.The Collectif barbare and its troupe of people of different origins invite the audience to a party, which brings everyone together around a table and turns the theatre into a place of encounter.
The audience enters the theatre to the sound of pleasant background music. They discover a welcoming space with tables and benches, a setting that perhaps reminds them of a company party or an end-of-year gala…
The play, performed in the middle of the audience, begins with an orchestra and songs, surprises for the children and announcements over the microphone. From then on, the journey begins: the hall turns into a company canteen or a Zeppelin Hindenburg lounge or an open-air wedding party in southern Afghanistan.
In most cases, an invitation means that the person invited is welcome and wanted. This takes on a whole new meaning when you realise that many of the participants in THE INVITATION are not really welcome in Switzerland.
CONCEPT, DIRECTION, SOUND Astride Schlaefli
COMPOSITION, MUSIC Armelle Scholl
ELECTRONIC, MUSIC David Merz
ORGANISATION, SOUNDDESIGN Christian Kuntner
SCENOGRAPHY Stephan Schwendimann
ADMINISTRATION Florence Schlumberger
LIGHT, TECHNIC Michael Eigenmann
COACH Vera Silberring
DRAMATURGY Natania Prezant
WITH: Abbott Chrisman, Armelle Scholl, Boubacar Diallo, Barkat Ali Mohammadi, Céline Ort, Chengiz Ahmadi, David Mitrović, David Merz, Dmitriy Tyshchenko, Emily Lang, Firuz Rahimi, Florence Schlumberger, Hamid Hussaini, Ibrahima Sory Bah, Irina Geordadze, János Schlaefli, Jasmine Arnold, Joanna Gerngross, Kashmir Raisi, Khalilullah Nazari, Lara Keel, Leyla Coskun, Murtaza Safdari, Naqibullah Qandari, Nele Koning, Rajab Youqabi, Saphira Jorge, Vera Silberring, X Noëme, Youssouf Diallo, Zoe Suter