With no fanfare

  • Theater musical
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The 2022 archive

Samuel Achache

Paris / Created in 2022

A musical show with its dreamlike and burlesque dramaturgy, where Schumann’s melodies explore our personal collapses and awaken buried memories… and open the way to new worlds of imagination.

With no fanfare, Samuel Achache, 2022 © Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon


It all begins with a collapse: that of a house, and that of music. On stage, the space unravels as the stories follow each other, echoing the despondency felt by the characters, in keeping with the seemingly perfect music. For the protagonists, those endings will be attempts at new beginnings, starting points for the construction of new fictions. The creators of musical shows in which humour vies with depth, Samuel Achache and his actor-musicians delve even deeper than usual with Drumless. Robert Schumann’s Lieder, emblematic of German Romanticism, inspire a fragmented dramaturgy, composed collectively. Those finite yet unfinished forms immerge us into hyper-subjective, fleeting, but deep images. How can we rebuild musically after a disaster?

German composer and pianist Robert Schumann (1810-1856) was one of the greatest artists of the Romantic era. He was also, along with Schubert and Brahms, a master of the Lied—short pieces for voice and piano—with his Liederkreis widely seen as the pinnacle of the genre. A literary composer par excellence, he put to music the poetry of the German Romantics, including Heinrich Heine, Friedrich Rückert, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.


With Gulrim Choï, Lionel Dray, Antonin-Tri Hoang, Florent Hubert, Sébastien Innocenti, Sarah Le Picard, Léo-Antonin Lutinier, Agathe Peyrat, Ève Risser

Direction Samuel Achache
Collective arrangements from Robert Schumann's Liederkreiss op.39, Frauenliebe und Leben Op.42,  Myrthen op. 25,Dichterliebe op 48, Liederkreiss op.24
Musical direction Florent Hubert
Dramaturgy collaboration Sarah Le Picard, Lucile Rose
Set design Lisa Navarro
Lights César Godefroy
Costumes Pauline Kieffer
Assistant costumes and accessories Eloïse Simonis 


Production Centre International de Créations Théâtrales - Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, La Sourde
Co-production Théâtre de Lorient Centre dramatique national, Théâtre National de Nice, Les Théâtres de la ville du Luxembourg, Théâtre de Caen, Le Quartz, Scène nationale de Brest, Festival d’Avignon, Points communs nouvelle scène nationale Cergy-Pontoise - Val d’Oise, Festival Dei Due Mondi (Spoleto), Opéra national de Lorraine, Festival d'Automne à Paris, Le Parvis Scène nationale Tarbes Pyrénées, Centre d’Art et de Culture de Meudon, Théâtre + Cinéma Scène Nationale Grand Narbonne, Le Grand R Scène nationale de La Roche sur Yon
With the support of the Cercle des partenaires and in the framwork of the 76th editionof the Festival d’Avignon : Spedidam
Residency de création de La vie brève, Théâtre de l’Aquarium, Fondation Royaumont, Centre d’Art et de Culture de Meudon 

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