(Stories of bananas, rice, tomatoes, peanuts, palm trees. And fruits, sugar, chocolate)

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The 2020 archive

Eva Doumbia

Elbeuf - Marseille - Abidjan / Created in 2020

Brigning together theatre and smells, music and flavours, this show reminds us of a colonial history still at play in our kitchens.

Autophagies, Eva Doumbia, 2020 © Thomas Cartron


Upon entering the room, the audience immediately realises that something is different. Traditional disciplines are indeed joined by another, widely popular one: cooking. Alongside a busy chef-actor, a musician, a dancer-actress, and even a mistress of ceremony lead us to a place somewhere between Africa and Europe, where all the ingredients come together for a great celebration of the senses. But with this show she thinks of as a “documentary Eucharist,” director Eva Doumbia also encourages us to think about the political dimension of food. Reflecting with humour and tenderness on their origins and modes of culture, foodstuffs, here given voice, challenge common preconceptions to change what we think of as having “always been,” as “established fact.” Are we really from here when we've been brought or changed by a history marked by colonisation, exploitation, and slavery? Are we really from there when even the soil rejects us? A show which might well make us change our diet for good!


With Alexandre Bella Ola, Lionel Élian, Angelica-Kiyomi Tisseyre

Text Eva Doumbia, Gauz
Direction Eva Doumbia
Cooking Alexandre Bella Ola
Music Lionel Élian
Choreography Massidi Adiatou
Lights Stéphane Babi Aubert
Costumes, accessories Sylvain Wavrant
Video Sandrine Reisdorffer
Artistic collaboration Fabien Aïssa Busetta, Carine Piazzi


Production La Part du Pauvre/Nana Triban
Co-production Les Grandes Tables, Friche la Belle de Mai (Marseille)
With the support of Fonds d'insertion pour jeunes artistes dramatiques, Drac Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur et Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, French consulate at New Orleans, LSU (Francophonie department at Bâton-Rouge, USA), the French Embassy in the USA, Commission internationale du Théâtre Francophone, FACE, Ville d'Elbeuf
With the help of Anis Gras-Le Lieu de l'autre (Arcueil), Fundamental Monodrama Festival (Luxembourg), Kumaso (Bamako), N'Soleh (Abidjan), Centre Social de la Savine (Marseille), Ateliers Médicis (Clichy-Montfermeil)

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