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Baptiste Amann


In a suburban house in which four siblings are preparing to bury their parents, French History barges in in the shape of its revolutionary figures. Can we still write History?

Territories, Baptiste Amann, 2021 © Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon


In a suburban house, three brothers and a sister are organising their parents’ funeral. As they’re discussing inheritance, other realities keep intruding: the outside world, the neighbourhood… and French History. Presented for the first time in its entirety, Baptiste Amann’s trilogy Territories is a seven-hour-long epic in the form of a modern tragedy, both familial and historic, in which personal drama and collective catastrophe collide. Over three days—from the day before the funeral to the day after—the revolutionary past takes over the present to enter in successive dialogues with the French Revolution, the Paris Commune, and the Algerian Revolution, and show us how its echoes are still relevant today… and to question our capacity to act.
“I belong to a so-called disenchanted generation and who, as the heir to a legacy without prestige, asks the question: can we still write History?”

Part 1: (We will whistle the Marseillaise...) - 1h45
Interval 45 min
Part 2: (... from one prison to another) - 2h
Interval 45 min
Part 3: (... and all will be forgiven?) - 2h


With Solal Bouloudnine, Alexandra Castellon, Nailia Harzoune, Yohann Pisiou, Samuel Réhault, Lyn Thibault, Olivier Veillon

Text and direction Baptiste Amann
Artistic collaboration Amélie Enon
Lights Florent Jacob
Sound Léon Blomme
Stage design Baptiste Amann, Florent Jacob
Costumes Suzanne Aubert, Estelle Couturier-Chatellain


Production L’Annexe
Co-production Théâtre Ouvert Centre national des dramaturgies contemporaines – Paris), Comédie de Béthune Centre dramatique national Hauts-de-France, Le ZEF Scène nationale de Marseille, Festival d'Avignon, l’Empreinte Scène nationale de Brive-Tulle, Châteauvallon-Liberté Scène nationale, La Garance Scène nationale de Cavaillon, Théâtre Sorano (Toulouse), Théâtre national de Bordeaux en Aquitaine, La Passerelle scène nationale de Saint-Brieuc, Pôle des Arts de la Scène – Friche la Belle de Mai (Marseille), Le Méta CDN de Poitiers Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Oara Office artistique de la Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine
With the support of La Chartreuse – CNES de Villeneuve lez Avignon
With the help of the Théâtre national de Bordeaux en Aquitaine for the creation of the sets.

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