Jeanne Candel, Caroline Darchen Lionel Dray


Auditorium della Stella

Thursday 30 June H 21:00

Friday 01 July H 17:00

Saturday 02 July H 21:00

Sunday 03 July H 21:00

Single sector numbered seat €35.00


inspired by Gustav Mahler ‘s Fifth Simphony

a collective creation by la vie brève

written and performed by

Jeanne Candel, Caroline Darchen, Lionel Dray

set design

Lisa Navarro

stage management and technical direction at the creation

Vincent Lefèvre

lighting design

Maël Fabre

sound design

Julien Fezans


Pauline Kieffer

textile creations (organs)

Simona Grassano

assisted by

Sara Barthesaghi Gallo

ceramic production

Dora Stanczel

stage direction’s assistant

Carla Bouis

artistic collaboration

Laure Mathis

set building

Philippe Gauliard, Vincent Lefèvre

physical preparation

Shyne Tharappel Thankappan

stage management and technical direction

Vincent Perhirin

lighting operator

Samuel Kleinman

A room that has been destroyed by fire. Black has invaded the space, the furniture, the walls, the bed, the floor, the objects. Everything has burned. Another world, in gestation – earth, mud, water – recomposes itself.


Gustav Mahler‘s Symphony No. 5 is the matrix of this “collective creation” conceived by the company la vie brève. The music guides their steps, directs them in composing this musical and theatrical epic.


“What strikes and fascinates in the physical sense of the word, when listening to Mahler‘s Fifth, is this alternation between boundless humanity and something that could be classified as parody, irony”, says Jeanne CandelMahler includes in his symphony elements belonging to collective memory, a ferment of popular music that comes from afar, that reappears or rather appears, like small ghost orchestras, like echoes that evoke the depths of the soul.


“Demi-Véronique”, in bullfighting talk, is a movement in which the bull is completely enveloped by the bullfighter’s cloak and induced to make a sharp turn that stops its charge. In music, it could be translated into a pause, a suspension, from which everything can be transformed.


Founded in 2009 in Paris, la vie brève is an ensemble of actors, musicians, directors, set designers, costume designers and technicians that meets for periods of research and creation and evolves, according to the needs of the shows it proposes, in a continuous process of transformation. Collective writing is what gives shape to the ensemble’s creations: actors, musicians and singers are placed at the centre and considered as creators, authors and not just performers. The writing of la vie brève is polyphonic and focuses on the relationship between music and theatre. These two elements contrast, merge and together “weave” the action.

Production la vie brève – Théâtre de l’Aquarium
Coproduction Comédie de Valence – Centre dramatique national Drôme-Ardèche, Théâtre Garonne – Scène européenne à Toulouse, Théâtre de Lorient – Centre dramatique national de Bretagne, Fondation Royaumont, Théâtre de Nîmes – Scène conventionnée d’intérêt national – art et création, danse contemporaine
With the support from Région Île-de-France, ADAMI and SPEDIDAM
The creation of the show has been supported by the Fondation d’Entrerpise Hermès within the New Settings program
The show was welcomed in residence of creation in the École des Beaux-Arts in Lorient and in the Théâtre du Soleil
Remerciements Clément Mao-Takacs, Loïc Nebreda, Amélie Billault, Clara Favriou-Delaunay for their involvement in the project since the beginning; Roland Decaudin and the team of the École des Beaux-Arts in Lorient; Étienne Lemasson, Charles-Henri Bradier, Astrid Renoux, David Buizard, Pascal Gallepe and the team of the Théâtre du Soleil for their welcome in residence; Patrice Riera, Roland Zimmermann, Florent Favier; Clément Vernerey for their help during the building of the set

duration 70 minutes

Theater Programme