Le Passage - Traktat eines Schattenwandlers

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The performance


A man stands alone at a crossroad, not knowing which direction to take. Instead of a backpack he is carrying a Double of him : the weight of his past, his shadow, his « himself » whom he doesn't always recognize. Feeling tired, he falls asleep under a tree, and begins to dream. His other himself « makes him » dream and becomes the Woman, the Mother, the Other, to oblige the Man to face himself in all his different faces.

"Le Passage" is a transition moment. The dreamt travel of a lonely man, who learns how to know himself.




Little history of the project Everything starts when Dominik Jellen propose to Mbalou Arnould to participate to his diploma project, ending 3 years of education in the Academy of Physical Theatre Dimitri (Switzerland)


They create there a 20mn duet, presented in the Dimitri Theatre in july 2015. This duet has been evaluated with the grade "excellent" by a jury of swiss, italian and french professionals.


And they create there as well a strong will to continue those adventures together.

First of all the research of a language.

How can a german and a french speaker who speak to each other in english or in italian, create a theatre piece together?

This question leads us very naturally towards "unviversal" communication tools : movement, visual games, music...

Some questions such as « How to carry the weight of your past » are becoming physical questions on the stage, and it is through the various answer we are looking for a narration.



And then the performance in itself...







The creation process


June - July 2015 : creation of the first short duet in the Dimitri Theatre


September- October 2015 : research period

-Introduction workshop to the visual langage of the Compagnie Philippe Genty (with Marza Gambardella)

-Workshop "Duos et physicalité", with Alexandre Fray (Compagnie Un Loup pour l'Homme, circus)

-Résidency at the Divadlo Continuo (République Tchèque) :


January-February 2016 : final creation

-5 weeks of residency in the MarkusSaal (Salzburg, Austria)

-Premiere, the 18 of february, Toihaus Theater première du spectacle le 18 février au Toihaus Theater (http://toihaus.at/stuecke/toihaustheatersalzburg/le-passage.html)


Spring 2016 :

-Representations in Austria and Czech Republic (being organized)


Summer 2016

-Festival d'Avignon (being organized)


Season 2016-2017

Tour in France (being organized)




The company and the leaders of the project :






Created in February 2014 The Strings Theatre Company /La Compagnie des Fils is gathering young artists from different nationalities (France, Finland, Spain, Austria) and artistic felds : theatre, dance, music, circus, mime, clown...

With its performance STRINGS the Strings Theatre Company has been awarded the « Best Performance » of the international street theatre festival Imaginarius 2014 ( Santa Maria da Feira Portugal)






Mbalou Arnould : actress and violonist. She collaborate since 2012 with various international theatre companies such as the Divadlo Continuo (physical theatre, Czech Republic) and the Altamira Studio Teater (Denmark). She creates the Strings Theatre Company in 2014, together with the finish dancer and performer Nella Turkki.




Dominik Jellen : after various experiences in theatre and poetic writing in Salzburg, he applies for the Bachelor in Physical Theatre of the Dimitri Academy, which he graduates in 2015, after three years of intensive theatre, dance, acrobatics and improvisation training. He works as direction assistant of Peter Wittenberg in Linz. On stage he is also playing various percussions instruments.


Waar dient de collecte voor

The project is produced by the Strings Theatre Company. The base of the scenography has been financed with the fund of the Dimitri Academy for diploma projects.

We made various applications for funding, for example touring fundings, but we are missing the money needed for the last creation step to happen in the best conditions possibles.



Charges for 5 weeks of residency at the MarkusSaal (Salzburg) : 750e

Salary of a light technician during the last week of creation : 300e

Renting of a studio for the registration of the performance music : 150e

Printing of communication material (posters, flyers)  : 100e

Costumes and scenography : 250e

Transport : 100e

Kisskissbankbank commission : 144e

= 1794


To make it round we launch a crowdfunding for 1800e.

If we go over this amount we will be simply able to do better, to do more, in term of communication, scenography, costumes...and to prepare the future of this project !


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