© DR

Les Urbaines

Festival - Free admission

  • A Little or no text

A snapshot of new contemporary art aesthetics, a platform for risk-taking without the limits of genre, theme or artistic current : Les Urbaines is back. This year, the festival — a laboratory for emerging artists and a hotbed of entirely free discoveries — will be showcasing more than forty projects in a renewed configuration (Arsenic, Théâtre Sévelin 36, Espace Arlaud, Bourg, Romandie as well as new venues).




Garderie 14:45-19:00

A childcare service will be available on Sunday afternoon: plenty of sirops, fun crafts and games. From 4 years. Signing up in advance is recommended (limited spots): production@urbaines.ch




Sound Installation 14:00-20:00

Having dismembered a piano, the artists screwed its sound board to the back of a truck and burned the remaining parts of the instrument. The PianoCamion is a strange chimera of modern times, marrying the sounds of the piano — activated by objects hung on the sides of the vehicle—to the move­ments incurred by traffic. This 15­-minute ride will stir up your perceptions and stretch your imagination, inducing a state of hypersensitivity which is rarely experienced in everyday life.



The best piece of this season

Play 15:00-16:00

House lights, no set, one person on stage (at once author, ac­tor and himself): Johannes Dullin has given himself one night to write the best piece of the season. In a gleeful back and forth between the moment of composition and the “here and now” of the performance, Dullin leads us through both sides of the theatrical creative process with a forceful grip. A theatrical success — necessarily unparalleled — that takes us to the outer reaches of the cosmos.



Us Swerve

Durational Performance 15:30-18:30

In a minimalist environment, Alex Baczynski­-Jenkins stages a constellation of performers on rollerblades who loop for hours, reciting and re­formulating fragments of poetry relat­ing to desire. The different extracts are picked up polyphon­ically by the skaters, thus circulating in the space, tirelessly modified by the direction of the performers’ movements and affects. A gentle current that establishes a languorous dia­logue between attraction and repetition.



Communal Solo

Performance 16:15-17:15

Inspired by experiences of mourning, celebration and pro­test—three situations that give rise to gatherings—the Swiss-­American performer and choreographer Jeremy Nedd invites us to a collective experience with an oxymoronic name: Communal Solo. Invoking a backdrop of images that refer to the recurrent violence against the African­-American community in the United States, Nedd counterbalances the seriousness of the theme with his warm and relaxed pres­ence, accompanied by a festive atmosphere and a toe­-tap­ping playlist. An open and constructive act which is essen­tial in this day and age.




Performance 16:15-17:30

Marc Philipp Gabriel and Maija Karhunen studied choreogra­phy together in Berlin. The character they have created for AJIMA — a performance that spans a wellness tutorial, a cos­mic freakshow and the art of divination — plays on our projec­tions based on physical appearance and a supposed identi­ty. A fascinating and unsettling collective ritual.



Juice CrosxxxSing

Performance 17:45-18:45

In Juice CrosxxxSing, the multidisciplinary artist Geo Wyeth, whose work spans mediums including music, performance, installation and video, embodies two enigmatic characters: the Lost Tourist and the Crossing Guard who move across hurdles, merging in bass. Children’s voices permeate a black box. Dutch weather requires raingear. A target becomes a stop sign.