Dans la mesure de l’impossible

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Tiago Rodrigues

Portugal - Switzerland / Creation 2022

The dilemma of humanitarian workers who, from intervention zones to their peaceful homes, try to delay the impossible. Stories of consciousness... 

Dans la mesure de l'impossible, Tiago Rodrigues, 2023 © Christophe Raynaud de Lage


Working in humanitarian aid. Saying it immediately grabs attention, then leads to questions. Curiosity about these lives of promises, hopes, and commitments is as necessary as it is disturbing. But how can one convey experiences that are both public and intimate? Tiago Rodrigues, before becoming the director of the Festival d’Avignon we know today, gave it a try. Working from interviews with about thirty collaborators of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders, he presents a series of questions and answers. How to run a refugee camp? How to deal with life and death choices? How to keep going when it seems clear that one will have a hard time trying to change the world alone? In this world where the impossible is an everyday companion, we approach a theatre of words which describes a reality that is nothing but doubt and vulnerability, self-criticism, and time saved. 

Interview with Tiago Rodrigues


With Beatriz Brás, Isabelle Caillat Baptiste Coustenoble, Adama Diop
and Gabriel Ferrandini (musician)
Text and direction Tiago Rodrigues
Translation Thomas Resendes
Scenography Laurent Junod, Wendy Tukuoka, Laura Fleury
Music Gabriel Ferrandini
Lighting Rui Monteiro
Sound Pedro Costa
Costumes and artistic collaboration Magda Bizarro
Assistant director Renata Antonante, Lisa Como
Stage Manager Valérie Oberson and Michael Bouvier (alternating)
Lighting Manager Etienne Morel and Serge Lévi (alternating)
Sound Manager Charles Mugel
Dresser Karine Dubois
Production Manager Julie Bordez
Production Managers Pascale Reneau, Gautier Fournier
Distribution Emmanuelle Ossena

Medo by Alain Oulman, performed by Beatriz Brás, based on a poem by Reinaldo Ferreira.


Production Comédie de Genève
Coproduction Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe (Paris), Piccolo Teatro di Milano Teatro d'Europa (Italy), Teatro Nacional D. Maria II (Portugal), Équinoxe Scène nationale de Châteauroux, CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del FVG (Italy), Festival d'Automne à Paris, Théâtre national de Bretagne (Rennes), Maillon Théâtre de Strasbourg Scène européenne, CDN Orléans Centre-Val de Loire, La Coursive Scène nationale de La Rochelle
Set construction Ateliers de la Comédie de Genève
With the collaboration of the ICRC International Committee of the Red Cross and MSF Médecins sans frontières
Performances in partnership with France Médias Monde

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