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Maguy Marin

Sainte Foy-lés-Lyon / Created in 2021

In this new fragment of history and humanity, Maguy Marin ferociously explores the nature of violence and its perpetual recurrence.

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A leading figure in contemporary dance, Maguy Marin has built a politically-committed body of work, full of individuals trying to form communities while caught in a storm. Inspired by Thucydides’s History of the Peloponnesian War, a masterpiece of ancient literature, this new creation remains faithful to her convictions. On the stage, two men and two women find themselves surrounded by costumes they’ll wear, objects they’ll use, and screens they’ll follow. Lost or troubled children, they latch onto each new hint like archeologists finding fragments of buried and forgotten history. They play the games of life and of domination that overwhelm us when faced with weaker than us. And at the heart of the show, an attempt to understand the mechanisms that lead to war and create violence. If the answers are neither easy nor immediate, actively and joyfully resisting the events trying to overpower us is a first step towards accepting the mystery at the heart of all living things.

An Athenian aristocrat, philosopher, and historian born c. 460 BC, Thucydides was one of the strategists of the Peloponnesian War. Exiled after his failure to defend the city of Amphipolis, he later returned to Athens, where he wrote History of the Peloponnesian War (of which only eight books survived), with the goal of writing “an eternal treasure.”


Avec Antoine Besson, Kais Chouibi, Daphné Koutsafti, Louise Mariotte

Conception Maguy Marin
Film Anca Bene, David Mambouch
Stage design Balyam Ballabeni, Benjamin Lebreton
Lights and technical direction Alexandre Béneteaud
Music David Mambouch
Sound Chloé Barbe
Model Paul Pedebidau
Iconography Benjamin Lebreton, Louise Mariotte
Costumes Nelly Geyres

Diffusion A Propic / Line Rousseau, Marion Gauvent


Production Compagnie Maguy Marin
Co-production Festival d’Avignon, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Théâtre Dijon-Bourgogne Centre dramatique national, Théâtre des 13 vents Centre dramatique national de Montpellier, Théâtre + Cinéma Scène nationale Grand Narbonne, Compagnie Scènes Théâtre Cinéma (Lyon), Théâtre de Lorient Centre dramatique national, Pôle-Sud Centre de développement chorégraphique national de Strasbourg, Les Halles de Schaerbeek (Belgium), Le Parvis Scène nationale Tarbes Pyrénées, Théâtre national de Bretagne (Rennes)

The Compagnie Maguy Marin has a national and international reach and is supported by the Ministère de la Culture - DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.
The Compagnie Maguy Marin is subsidised by the City of Lyon, the Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and receives support from the Institut Français for its projects abroad.



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Press conference - 8 July

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  • Rosalba Torres Guerrero
  • Koen Augustijnen

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Dialogue with Maguy Marin

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