Photo : Gianni Skicki © Les Grooms
New Work
Gianni Skicki
Les Grooms
Johnny hallyday meets Puccini
For everyone
After Un Roi Arthur (2010) and Le bonheur est dans le chant (2012), Les Grooms return to Les Tombées de la Nuit for their new street opera. Still dressed like the Belgian comic strip character, Spirou, and drawing inspiration from marching bands, this time they are taking on an opéra bouffe by Giacomo Puccini, based on a story from Dante’s Divine Comedy. This Gianni Schicchi is projected into today’s world and gets caught up in the events following the death of the French rock star, Johnny Hallyday. Now called Gianni Skicki, he shines a light on the themes of inheritance, the importance of the press, family relationships and more.

Les Grooms continue their work on the relationship between music and theatrical presence with an eclectic repertoire that focuses on the gap between formal and popular music, turning this time to Giacomo Puccini and his opera in one act, Gianni Schicchi.

This was the third of three pieces, together with Il tabarro and Suor Angelica, created at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in December 1918. The opera was a big hit in the USA and Europe, and was well received by critics who saw it as nothing less than a new Falstaff. Based on a story from Dante’s Divine Comedy, the libretto tells the story of the death of old Buoso Donati in Florence in the 18th century, and Gianni Schicchi’s role. Commissioned by the family to appropriate the inheritance bequeathed to the church, he takes the opportunity to take all the property for himself.

Les Grooms do a quick jump through time to compare the story of old Donati with the recent to-do around Johnny Hallyday’s inheritance, brimming over with jealousy, family relationships, love, hate, the press and the media… Gianni Skicki remains to be discovered, but we can be sure that this new street opera will be full of frivolous and preposterous surprises for another moment of musical celebration with a brass band.


The Les Grooms theatrical brass band was formed in 1984 in Eastern France, alongside Théâtre de l’Unité, a pioneer of street theatre in the 1970s. From its creation, the group worked on the close relationship between music and theatrical presence, with an eclectic repertoire focusing on the gap between formal and popular music. Les Grooms have visited 30 countries on 5 continents, and toured the biggest theatre festivals in the world, with shows like La tétralogie de quat’ sous, Les ballets Grooms, La flûte en chantier, etc. The company’s repertoire currently includes six shows: Fanfare tout-terrain, La Baronnade, Un roi Arthur, Le bonheur est dans le chant, Rigoletto and their most recent piece under development Gianni Skicki (summer 2019). The combination of theatre and music is still what makes this group based in Lerné, central France, so exceptional.


Auteur : Eugéne Durif
Metteur en scène : Etienne Grebot
Compositeurs : Antoine Rosset et Serge Serafini
Idée originale : Jacques Auffray

Jacques Auffray : chant, comédie
Mathilde Clavier : chant, flûte traversière
Axelle Ciofolo de Peretti : chant, saxophone soprano
Gilles Favreau : chant, accordéon
Christophe Rappoport : trompette
Antoine Rosset : saxophone baryton
Serge Serafini : saxophone ténor
Bruno Travert : chant, saxophone alto


Co-producteurs : DRAC Centre Val de Loire, Région Centre Val de Loire, SACD (Auteurs d’Espaces), SPEDIDAM, Atelier 231 de Sotteville les Rouen (76), Ville de St-Hilaire de Riez (85)”

Sunday 07 July 2019
18:30 > 19:30
Place Hoche, Rennes

Station de Métro : Sainte-Anne • Lignes de Bus : C1,C5,9,51,70,71, arrêt place Hoche - 12, arrêt Fossés • Station Vélo : Place Hoche
cognitif moteur
Skip to content
The association is supported by the City of Rennes, the Brittany Region, the Ille-et-Vilaine Department & the ministry of culture.

© TDN 2024