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Johanny Bert - Théâtre de Romette (França)
©Christophe Raynaud de Lage
Past event
Dates and Schedules

23 to 25 May
Thursday to Saturday, 8 pm


Sala Luis Miguel Cintra




€12 to €15 with discounts (Covered by the Culture Pass - available only at the Theater ticket office)

Age Restriction



Language: French, with Portuguese subtitles


An aesthetically and politically provocative show, with prodigious manipulation, hilarious, poetic and daring, which is an ode to freedom and love, and is one of the great highlights of FIMFA Lx24. Johanny Bert’s new creation takes a sensitive and humorous look at the plurality of our sexual and loving practices, drawing inspiration from the play The Round, by Arthur Schnitzler, censored in 1897 for its approach to erotic relationships. Yann Verburgh completely rewrote the work, based on the original structure: intertwined stories of intimate encounters.
The hyper-realistic puppets are manipulated on sight by a team of young actors, who end up becoming a single living entity with their latex puppets. The diversity of bodies aims to reflect the plurality of beings and lives, brought together in this mosaic of powerful and moving stories. The choral and cinematic staging allows us to move from one encounter to the next, revealing what unites us in our differences: love, quite simply.
After the success of HEN, in which Johanny Bert captivated the audience with his furious and virile puppet diva, in a show in the style of a 1930s Berlin cabaret, fused with the queer scene (and presented at FIMFA Lx22), it is not surprising that he has now been inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s censored play, and takes lovers on a joyful and sensual contemporary tour. Johanny Bert continues to explore sexual identities in a series of romantic encounters that leave the field open to all possibilities: bisexuality, polyamory, asexuality, transgender love… In this waltz of love, couples make and break each other between characters in this La (Nouvelle) Ronde of different ages, women, men or non-binary.




Johanny Bert is an actor, puppeteer and director. Throughout his artistic career he developed a unique theatrical language: the confrontation between the actor, the object and the puppet form. Each creation is a new research, based on contemporary texts (commissions, unpublished texts or repertoire texts) or from a plastic universe built as a team on stage. He enjoys working with performers from different disciplines (actors, dancers, singers, musicians, etc.). Certain dramaturgies guide him towards a dialogue between the human and the inanimate, as in the arts of puppetry, but he does not want to be limited to one category: theater for young people, visual theater, puppet theater… and he creates by intuition, with a form of insolent freedom, guided by a goal.
Among his most recent productions are La (Nouvelle) Ronde, premiered at the Théâtre de la Ville, HEN (2019), presented at FIMFA Lx22, Le Petit Bain (2017) at the Théâtre Nouvelle Génération – CDN de Lyon and Dévaste-Moi (2017) with Emmanuelle Laborit in co-production with IVT – International Visual Theatre. In October 2019, he staged Les Sea Girls au pouvoir, a unique feminist musical show. In 2020, he created Frissons for the Théâtre Sartrouville Yvelines CDN/Festival Odyssées en Yvelines, a new text by Magali Mougel, then directed La Princesse qui n’aimait pas… for actress Caroline Guyot (Barbarque Cie). Johanny Bert was an associate artist of Le Bateau Feu – Scène Nationale Dunquerque, between 2018 and 2021. In October 2020, he created Une Épopée contemporary for young audiences. He received a commission from SACD and the Festival d’Avignon in the Vive le Subject program in 2020. He created Le Process for teenagers, with text by Catherine Verlaguet. In December 2023 he directed his first opera at the ONR Opéra National de Rhin, at the invitation of Alain Perroux, and staged The Magic Flute. In February, the first phase of Fucking Eternity – Oratorio débridé pour un Ange premiered, and the second phase of this project is being prepared for October 2024.


Cast and Creative

Conception and staging Johanny Bert Text Commissioned by Yann Verburgh (except scene 6 – interviews written by the team) Dramaturgy Olivia Burton Collaboration in staging Philippe Rodriguez Jorda Interpretation Yasmine Berthoin, Yohann-Hicham Boutahar, Rose Chaussavoine, George Cizeron, Enzo Dorr, Elise Martin Musical creation and performance on stage Fanny Lasfargues Scenography Amandine Livet, Aurélie Thomas Scenography Construction Atelier du ThéâtredelaCité, Fabrice Coudert Costumes Pétronille Salomé, assisted by Manon Gesbert, Adèle Giard and by interns Manon Damez, Pauline Fleuret, Valentine Lê du TNS, Alice Louveau Puppets Laurent Huet, Johanny Bert, assisted by Camille d’Alençon, Romain Duverne, Judith Dubois, Pierre Paul Jayne, Alexandra Leseur, Ivan Terpigorev, Benedicte Fey, Doriane Ayxandri, Franck Rarog and by interns Louise Bouley, Solène Hervé, Valentine Lê du TNS Light design Gilles Richard Sound design Tom Beauseigneur Technical direction Camille Davy Stage direction Pascal Bouvier Photographs Christophe Raynaud de Lage Administration, production and development Le Petit bureau, Virginie Hammel, Nora Fernezelyi Production Théâtre de Romette Coproduction Le Théâtre de la Croix Rousse, Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes de Charleville-Mézières, Le Bateau Feu – Scène Nationale de Dunkerque, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris, Malakoff Scène Nationale, Le Théâtre de la Cité – CDN Toulouse Occitanie, Le Sablier – Pôle des Arts de la Marionnette en Normandie, Le Sémaphore de Cébazat, Le Trident – Scène Nationale de Cherbourg-en-Cotentin. Show created after a residency at the Théâtre de la Croix Rousse, in October 2022 Support Espace Périphérique (Mairie de Paris – Parc de la Villette), of the professional insertion program for Ensatt, Institut Internationale de la Marionnette – within the scope of the project to support the professional insertion of ESNAM, École de la Comédie de Saint-Etienne – DIESE # Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. The company is contracted by DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and the Ville de Clermont-Ferrand. The Théâtre de Romette is a company in residence at the Malakoff Scène Nationale. Johanny Bert is an accomplice artist at the Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse – Lyon Technique Hyper-realistic puppets, manipulation on sight


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