Let's hope mastication doesn't take too long

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Hakim Bah

Created in 2021

A documentary fiction about police brutality.

Let's hope mastication doesn't take too long, Hakim Bah, 2021 © Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon


A documentary fiction about police brutality in our modern societies, which starts with an actual event: the death of Amadou Diallo, a young Guinean shot 41 times in the Bronx by 4 New York City police officers on 4 February, 1999. A deep dive into a case that shook America and the media.

A dancer and Cyr wheel performer who trained at the Centre national des arts du cirque, Juan Ignacio Tula likes to explore the possibilities provided by the wheel to open up new ways of inhabiting the stage. In 2019, he founded and became artistic director of the company 7Bis.

Under various incarnations and pseudonyms, Arthur Bartlett Gillette is a musician, singer, producer, author, and composer for the cinema, theatre, and radio, as well as a translator of poetry. He lives and works in Finistère.


Conception and interpretation Hakim Bah, Arthur Bartlett Gillette, Juan Ignacio Tula
Text Hakim Bah
Cyr wheel Juan Ignacio Tula
Musical creation Arthur Bartlett Gillette
Outside view Mara Bijeljac


Production Compagnie Paupières Mobiles, Compagnie 7Bis
Delegated production Compagnie Paupières Mobiles
Co-production SACD, Festival d'Avignon, Ateliers Médicis
With the support of Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf Pôle national des arts du cirque Normandie,  Montévidéo Centre d’art
In partnership with France Médias Monde



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Press conference - 6 July

  • Press conference
With Christiane Jatahy, Grégoire Korganow, Joanne Leighton, Agnès Troly and Angélica Liddell

The 2021 archive


Le souffle d'Avignon
  • Cycle de lectures
With the Scènes d’Avignon

The 2021 archive