Photo : We can be heroes* Kids © Luc Depreitere
We can be heroes* Kids
Renversante performance playback implicative, en version jeune public
For all ages
In 2009, Les Tombées de la Nuit welcomed this incredible participatory performance from Arnaud Pirault for the first time, sealing a relationship that would lead to the creation of The Playground (2012), then Pride (2014), and the return of We can be Heroes in 2012 and 2018. This year, a kid’s version of the show will be performed for the first time with a group of children and teenagers who will have worked on lip-synching this brand new nine-song setlist in a workshop to give this generous, ironic and joyful performance. A fundamental and unifying act for all.

Twenty or so mic stands and microphones, a space of a few square metres marked out on the floor with tape, a discreet sound system playing a compilation of contemporary pop, and lip-synching singers. This is the brilliant setup, bordering on theatre, performance, happening and collective creation dreamed up by Arnaud Pirault nearly fifteen years ago. Initially developed as an actors’ performance, with twenty members of an urban musical commando group taking over public space, We can be Heroes has found its meaning by turning to anonymous actors. During a brief musical concert, these silent volunteer singers become the real “heroes” of this site-specific outdoor performance in public space.

It is difficult to describe the emotions that come into play during these performances. They have left a lasting impression on the people of Rennes. Our friends from Groupenfonction are therefore returning to where it all began, but this time taking on children and teen volunteer singers. It is a daring challenge, a cathartic trance, group therapy, an exploration of the realms of intimacy and the relationship between the actor and spectator. Above all, it is the magic of an overwhelming coming-together, manifested through joy, openness and passion.



Born on 28 July 1977 in Tours, Arnaud Pirault was a student at the Conservatoire Régional d’Art Dramatique in Tours, while pursuing his studies in literature. In 2001, he directed La Chute de l’Ange Rebelle by Roland Fichet, followed by Partage de Midi by Paul Claudel. In 2004, he founded Groupenfonction, a multidisciplinary and undisciplined theatre collective that produces acts that bridge the gap between art and life using dance, video and the help of contemporary artists (Mathieu Gillot, Olivier Dohin), video artists (Frank Ternier), choreographers (Claire Picard, Raphaël Dupin), and musicians (Boogers, Supercilious). From 2007 to 2009, he was the artistic director of the Théâtre Universitaire in Tours, while Groupenfonction developed demanding and unifying projects. With around ten shows (Or-là, Sommes-nous, In Loving Memory, Immanences, The Playground, We can be Heroes, Fête, Les garçons perdues), he continues to deliver his unifying and exceptional productions.


Conception et réalisation : Arnaud Pirault
Workshops : Charlotte Barbier, Steve Brohon, Rodolphe Gentil-homme, Arnaud Pirault
Production : Groupenfonction
Avec une vingtaine d’enfants et d’adolescents de Rennes

Saturday 09 July 2022
15:30 > 16:10
Collège Échange, Rennes
Saturday 09 July 2022
18:30 > 19:10
Collège Échange, Rennes

Métro : Sainte-Anne • Bus : C1, C5, 9, et 12, Arrêt Sainte-Anne • Vélo Star : Sainte-Anne
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