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show created at the Théâtre d'Hardelot

and presented at the Dijon opera in May 2023

Le Cabaret du Faune, by Romie Estèves and Nicolas Krüger, offers an unexpected encounter between the world of Debussy and the form of cabaret. A musical show, mimed, sung, danced, driven by a desire for fluidity and metamorphoses.



"The proposal radically renews the audition, not so much by its content as by its formulation. Neither recital, even if the program is part of it, nor lyrical scene, despite all the components brought together, no one can remain indifferent to this achievement unclassifiable.

Extraordinarily rich, despite its simplicity, lively despite its apparent stasis, its slow motion and its silences, refined, accomplished, built around music, and for it, the show judiciously uses all visual and sound means, with lightness, to bewitch us. We are outside of time, in a universe where the margins, the elusive, the ineffable carry poetry and emotion. Like the music it serves, immaterial, fragile and strong, meticulously demanding, we have here an exceptional spectacle.


Show created in May 2019 at the Théâtre du Ranelagh, Paris, and then went on tour

PHOTOS : Eric Sanger-Monteros

WORKS FOR PIANO by : Philippe Hersant

PERFORMED by : Mara Dobresco

With the artistic collaboration of : Marie Ballot

Have you ever thought of a piece of music while looking at a photo ? Conversely, does certain music evoke very specific images to you ?

Let's imagine the unexpected encounter of a photograph and a musical work : each expresses an atmosphere, a feeling. What would happen if each sense - seeing and listening - took you in the same direction ? What if two works, without having been created for each other, aroused a similar emotion ? This is a much rarer experience...

This is the experiment attempted by Mara Dobresco, Nicolas Krüger and Eric Sanger-Monteros, who brought together the latter's photographs with the piano collections "Ephémères and Haïkus"  by Philippe Hersant.

From this encounter in which each art magnifies the other, this rare experience is born which arouses intense emotions.

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show in creation

This is a story. But of a diffracted, atomized story. A construction in which time is the center. A temporal construction. The lines of force of time within the spectacle are its very structure. The entire show becomes a tempo-object.

It is a tale for children and adults, a quest, an odyssey, but whose lines intertwine because time plays against us... This is why the evil spirit uses it as a main weapon in great myths which have time as their center: Faust, Ulysses, History of the Soldier...

Like Ulysses, the actress carrying the story wanders from island to temporal islet, in search of her memory, in other words : her land of origin. An accident caused her to lose her memory, which she had to patiently rebuild. And it is through music that she was able to reweave the broken thread of time.

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show created in spring 2022, Arsonic

This program is centered around Manuel de Falla's masterpiece, El Amor brujo, or Sorcerer's Love in its original form of "gitaneria", this form of show which was very popular in Andalusia, a sort of stage tale, combining pantomime and dance, borrowed from black magic and visited by all kinds of ghosts...

Mezzo-soprano Romie Esteves, keen on this repertoire based on traditional songs, whose transformative voice can take on a thousand colors, also received training as a dancer. She takes us to put down our luggage in the south of Spain, in the harsh region where flamenco and Duende originate. The original libretto, quite weak, was discarded to make way for an anthology of poems by Garcia Lorca, an immense poet with whom Falla dreamed of doing an opera, but the premature death of his friend, assassinated by the Francoists, did not allow him to do so. The poems were carefully chosen to freely follow the dramatic progression of the music. The bringing together of these two storytellers of eternal Andalusia creates a spectacle of rare poetic density.

As the first part of Sorcerer's Love, this program offers El sombreros de tres picos or Le Tricorne, a suite of lively and shimmering dances for the orchestra of the same Manuel de Falla : It is a danced and mimed farce, made to be presented in village squares. Thus we slip from farce to drama, from the shimmering light of day to the threatening shadows of night... And it is the light on stage, worked from start to finish, which leads us from one to the other.


The introduction resonates with some extracts from “ Game and Theory of Duende ”, a famous conference by Garcia Lorca, where the source of Andalusian art and its close relationship with death are evoked through striking images.

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