Ivan Viripaev - Jérôme Game

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The 2018 archive

Collectif ildi ! eldi

Marseille / Created in 2018

An encounter with the alien. Or how apparently normal people tell us about this need to reconnect with oneself and with the world.

OVNI(S) © Christophe Raynaud de Lage


OVNI(S) (UFO(S)), or, an encounter with the alien. A succession of characters, and a succession of words. Facing us, every one of them relates their discovery of a UFO and their experience, and tells us of this feeling of connection, reconnection, even communion, with themselves, if not with the world. The head of a company, a delivery man, a student... One after the other, they share their lives and enjoin us, in their “before” and their “after,” to grasp the thread of their lives, the moment when things changed, the instant of realisation. The theatre stage turns into a sound stage, and invites us on a journey from one corner of the planet to the other. A journey during which we'll meet apparently normal people who don't know one another but share this need to tell their story. “OVNI(S) is about our modern, hyper-connected world, in which temporal fissures or emotional pauses sometimes swallow some of us.” When civilisation meets the other and feels the need to create a modern mythology. None of which has anything to do with religion, even if we do talk of heavens...

Collectif Ildi ! Eldi
Sophie Cattani and Antoine Oppenheim are ildi ! eldi. As founding members of this collective born in 2008, they strive to play a part in every step in its creative process. As directors, actors, dramatists, or video makers, they journey through a theatre they want to be simple, funny, and flexible in its relationship to fiction and reality. They like to grapple with dramatic and non-dramatic texts to better live them onstage. They recently created a series of short plays about cinema, in collaboration with writer Olivia Rosenthal: Antoine & Sophie font leur cinéma.


With Alexandra Castellon, Sophie Cattani, Grégoire Monsaingeon, Antoine Oppenheim, Michaël Pas

Text Jérôme Game, Ivan Viripaev
Direction Alexandra Castellon, Sophie Cattani, Grégoire Monsaingeon, Antoine Oppenheim, Michael Pas
Stage design Katrijn Baeten, Saskia Louwaard
Music Chloé Thévenin
Lights Ludovic Bouaud
Sound Benjamin Furbacco


Production Collectif ildi ! eldi
Coproduction Théâtre Ouvert Centre national des dramaturgies contemporaines, Festival d'Avignon, Théâtre_Arles Scène conventionnée d'intérêt national art et création nouvelles écritures, Pôle arts de la scène - Friche la Belle de Mai
With the support of la Spedidam, Drac Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
With the help of Châteauvallon Scène nationale

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