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Fusée de détresse #7
L'âge de la tortue
Multidisciplinary performance in the words of migrants
From the age of 10
Three years ago at Les Tombées de la nuit, Paloma Fernández Sobrino premiered Fusée de Détresse, the first instalment in her work to stage the words of migrants. Based on letters from The Encyclopedia of Migrants (L'Encyclopédie des migrants), these multidisciplinary performances have since been taken across Europe, to six partner countries (France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Portugal). For this seventh version, the last in this beautiful artistic and civic project that returns to its roots in Rennes, an ensemble of cellists and dancer Saïdo Lehlouh will accompany three groups of readers.

In 2017, L’Âge de la Tortue published The Encyclopedia of Migrants, a 1782-page book containing 400 letters from migrants, collected in eight cities along the Atlantic coast of Europe, between Brittany and Gibraltar. Since then, Paloma Fernández Sobrino has created seven successive performances that pass on and give voice to these intimate stories, with specific actions in each partner city: Rennes, Brussels, Milan, Istanbul, Barcelona and Lisbon.

The live performance remains the most visible part of this activist project that brings the social and political plight of migrants to the attention of citizens, public decision-makers and the media. However it also includes seminars, manifestos, scientific publications, and guidelines and ethics kits. Each time the artistic residency focuses on the local area and brings together new actors, a human and social science researcher, musicians and graphic arts students around the director and documentary filmmaker.

For this return to Les Tombées de la Nuit, Fusée de Détresse #7 brings together three readers, a multigenerational ensemble of cellists from the Conservatoire de Rennes, led by Alain Brunier, and dancer Saïdo Lehlouh from the collective FAIR-E, performing to a repertoire of Bach music and a re-interpretation of Roland Petit’s choreography (Le jeune homme et la mort).


L’Âge de la Tortue

L’âge de la Tortue was founded in 2001 in Rennes, where it runs multi-disciplinary visual and performing arts projects that examine our relationship with political and social representations. It develops projects on a micro-local scale, in connection with other places in Europe (such as The Encyclopedia of Migrants from 2014 to 2017), and has worked with associate artist, director and creator of multi-disciplinary projects, Paloma Fernández Sobrino, since 2007. In 2009, she wrote, directed and performed the play Déroute, and then Déroute (2) with opera singer Justine Curatolo, followed by Trouvé dans l’oubli with Benoit Hâtet, Nathalie Élain and flamenco singer Pere Martínez (2015). She created the European cooperation project, Correspondances Citoyennes with Nicolas Combes, and is the artistic director of the performing arts project Fusée de détresse, which has been presented in France (Rennes), Belgium (Brussels), Italy (Milan), Turkey (Istanbul), Spain (Barcelona) and Portugal (Lisbon).


Direction artistique : Paloma Fernández Sobrino
Direction musicale : Alain Brunier
Lecteurs : Benoît Hattet, Rahaf Demashki et André Belo.
Danseur : Bidjé de Rosa
Musiciens : un ensemble de violoncellistes multi-générationnel du conservatoire de rennes, sous la direction d’Alain Brunier
Régie lumière : Maël Teillant
Régie son : Ronan Gicquel
Administration : Sophie Archereau.
Communication : Léa Gosselin.
Action culturelle : Élodie Chabaud.


Une production de L’âge de la tortue co-produite par Les Tombées de la Nuit, par le Collectif FAIR-E / CCNRB, le Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Rennes et co-financé par la Ville de Rennes et la Commission européenne (programme ERASMUS+) dans le cadre du projet de coopération européenne Fusée de détresse coordonné par L’âge de la tortue.

In partnership with le CCNRB/Collectif FAIR-E –

Thanks to l’EESAB Rennes –

Saturday 03 July 2021
22:30 > 23:30
Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne, rue Saint-Melaine, Rennes

Free • No reservation required • The doors will open 30 minutes before the beginning of the show
120 seats
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