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Radhouane El Meddeb

Du 19 au 20 June

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Metro : Line 5
Bus : Line 75,151
Tram : Line T3b
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June 19th and 20th
Every day at 8.30pm

Duration: 1h15

Facing the sea, for tears to turn into laughter is the story of a man, both Tunisian and French, who tells of his complex identity. It is the choreographer Radhouane El Meddeb's decision to go to Tunisia to create, with those who took part in the revolution, but also those who look with distrust at him who abandoned his homeland.


Men and women face the sea. They watch, talk to that space at once real and fictional, to that coastal culture which, from Lebanon or Tunisia, places people in front of this immensity that is celebrated, cursed, or dreamt... The sea we're watching, it's also those rows of spectators to whom we're talking without seeing them.

To come back, to say the tempest of emotions he feels, to dance his anger at a country that abandons the poor to the extremists, such is the path the choreographer has chosen. Revealing a vision of modern Tunisia struggling with its ambiguous history, the show is about personal, but also universal mourning. In the almost empty space of the stage, the presence of text and music tells of the way out that is water. Whether it is at the end of a long work day or before making a decision, it remains the place one contemplates, the place one talks to and to which one reveals its worries, uncertainties, and dreams of politics and absolute.