Creation 2022

60 minutes

Thrown on a road full of obstacles, a group moves inexorably, united in the face of the threat of imminent danger. In the tumult of flight and the uncertainty of the paths to be taken, they form one united body, exploring the gestures and mechanisms of mutual aid, where perhaps their utopia and their emancipation reside. Navigating between realism and onirism, RAFALES unfolds a choreographic, pictorial and sound narrative mixing precise physical scores and strong theatrical presences.


Since immemorial time, men migrate, leave their native land to go to the unknown, driven by the desire for a better life, and often at the risk of their lives. In the face of danger, how do bodies unite and move? This is the question that the piece will ask and around which it will build, without answering it. Through a group of five women and men projected in a hostile and coercive imaginary environment, it is here the desire to confront the notion of danger with that of mutual aid and solidarity that interests me, as well as what can lead to the collapse of solidarity, and drawing in particular from the study book Mutual Aid by Pierre Kropotkine, and the meta-analysis Mutual aid, the other law of the jungle by Pablo Servigne and Gauthier Chapelle. We will explore certain relational dynamics present in the living world depending on whether cooperation or struggle dominates: coexistence, symbiosis, but also predation and competition.

Five lost souls come back to life as together they trace the steps of the very exodus that sealed their undoing. From hostile lands to makeshift shelters, they navigate the elements as they seek how best to move together as one, vacillating from cooperation to power struggles. The fragility and power of the bonds which unite them are put to the test as each step in their quest for a common ideal seems to reveal the impossibility of their odyssey, leaving the community to capsize from absurd rivalries to symbiotic fantasies, in a growing abstraction of space, between concrete physical actions and abstraction of the sound and graphic landscapes that they pass through. Aspirated by this space-time that is both fragmented and out of borders, they multiply the attempts to reconstruct the space to better emancipate themselves from it, in a post-apocalyptic atmosphere.


Artistic direction and Choreography Shantala Pèpe
Creation and Performance Marion Bosetti, François Brice, Louis Nam Le Van Ho, Nadir Louatib, Frauke Mariën (many thanks to Vincent Clavaguera-Pratx)
Sara Lemaire
Musical Composition Thomas Turine
Lighting and Set Design Hugues Girard
Costumes Patricia Eggerickx
Vocal direction
Sarah Klenes
Production Manager
Claude Véron

Production Shantala Pèpe / MANA Compagnie
Coproduction Les Brigittines - Playhouse for Movement, Le Phare - Le Havre National Choreographic Center
Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Compagnie Mossoux-Bonté, Centre Culturel Jacques Franck, SACD Belgium, LookIN'OUT (theatre 140, Le BAMP, AD/LIB Production), Wallonie Bruxelles Théâtre Danse, Theatre Les Tanneurs

Photos©Aurélie Leporq and Fabienne Antomarchi


6 to 10 December 2022 Les Brigittines - Playhouse for Movement, Brussels, BE

26 November 2021 Theatre 140 - Professional Platform LookIN'OUT, Brussels, BE

12 May 2021 Work in progress for professionals - Les Brigittines, Brussels, BE


2023/2024 Le Senghor / Cultural Center Jacques Franck / Central