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Wednesday, January 6 - Saturday, January 9

The Public: Newman Theater


Running time: 80 minutes

Postshow discussion: Friday, January 8

On an empty stage, four intrepid performers begin to construct the world from scratch. With ingenious theater magic, they gleefully invent laws of physics, philosophy, music, language, and social interaction. One of the most talked-about pieces in the international performance circuit in recent years, Germinal uses the theater as a whimsical metaphor for human civilization.

Defoort and Goerger are musicians, actors, philosophers, pranksters, artists, and inventors who meld genres and upend social codes. Their mix of visual art, theater, music, and sociology marked them as rising stars at the 2013 Avignon Festival.

Germinal is a co-production of: La Biennale de la Danse de Lyon (France), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, Belgium), le phénix scène nationale Valenciennes (France), Buda Kunstencentrum (Kortrijk), Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Gent, Belgium), le Vivat-Scène conventionnée d’Armentières (France), le Manège.mons/CECN/technocITé (Belgium), alkantara festival (Lisbon, Portugal), le TnBA-Théâtre National de Bordeaux en Aquitaine (France), Théâtre de la Manufacture - Centre Dramatique National Nancy Lorraine (France), NXTSTP (European Union Cultural Program), Festival Baltoscandal (Rakvere, Estonia), Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen (Netherlands), Rotterdamse Schouwburg (Rotterdam), le CENTQUATRE (Paris), FTA (Montréal), Carrefour International du Théâtre (Québec).

This project is supported by the Conseil Régional Nord-Pas-de-Calais and the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (DRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais). This project is supported by APAP/Performing European network (DGEAC- Cultural Program). Antoine Defoort and Halory Goerger are artists in residence at Phénix Scène Nationale Valenciennes, Beursschouwburg - Brussels and CENQUATRE - Paris and at APAP/Performing Europe (DGEAC - Programme Culture). L’Amicale de production is supported by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (Conventionnement DRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais), the Conseil régional du Nord-Pas-de-Calais, and Ville de Lille.

L’Amicale de production receives support from Institut Français for the diffusion of its projects abroad.