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Pascal Rambert

Paris - Avignon / Created in 2019

A family of artists cannot escape the chaos of the 20th century, which swallows their dreams and future.
Architecture, Pascal Rambert, 2019 © Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon


"Hope, fortunately, can't see the future..."
In Architecture, 20th-century Europe, traumatised by war and nationalism, serves as the backdrop to this epic written directly on the bodies and voices of exceptional actors. Gathered for the first time on a single stage, they play the different members of a family of artists, philosophers, and composers who cannot prevent the fall of their world. Their thoughts seem petrified by what they sense the future holds. Even faced with imminent horror, they can't unite to change the course of time. Writer and director Pascal Rambert wonders: “If they couldn't prevent bloodshed, how can we at a time like ours, with so few collective weapons?” As for his heroes, they tear each other apart—as is often the case in his plays, with their powerful and very physical language—and can neither flee nor fight, “gripped by fear.”

Architecture by Pascal Rambert is published by Les Solitaires intempestifs


With Emmanuelle Béart, Audrey BonnetAnne Brochet, Marie-Sophie Ferdane, Arthur Nauzyciel, Stanislas Nordey, Denis Podalydès sociétaire of the Comédie-Française alternating with Pascal Rénéric, Laurent Poitrenaux, Jacques Weber and Bérénice Vanvincq

Text, direction, and installation Pascal Rambert
Artistic Collaboration Pauline Roussille
Lights Yves Godin
Costumes Anaïs Romand
Music Alexandre Meyer
Choreography Thierry Thieû Niang
Singing Francine Acolas
Furniture advising Harold Mollet


Production structure production
Festival d'Avignon, Théâtre National de Strasbourg, Théâtre national de Bretagne (Rennes), Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (Paris), Bonlieu Scène nationale d'Annecy, Les Gémeaux Scène nationale (Sceaux), La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand Scène nationale, le Phénix Scène nationale pôle européen de création (Valenciennes), Les Célestins Théâtre de Lyon, Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione (Vignola, Italie)
With the support
of the Spedidam for the 73rd edition of the Festival d'Avignon
La FabricA of the Festival d'Avignon
Many thanks to Nanterre-Amandiers, centre dramatique national

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