Pour un prélude

Pour un prélude

Le Birgit Ensemble


What do we remember of the night of December 31st, 1999?

The passage in the third millennium awaken as many fears as hopes: symptomatic contradictions of a world that is in the midst of a transition. What started to glitch that night? What went wrong?


Women and men remember that specific New Year’s Eve. Some listen to the presidential greetings. Others, such as office workers of a state-owned railway company, have to face the risk of the Y2K bug. An IT apocalypse threatens databases: there is less than an hour to find a solution.


Suddenly, time is running out, speeches are repeating themselves, movements are repeating themselves, images are repeating themselves and actors are like prisoners of a century that never ends. Then, like in ancient mythologies, chaotic forces emerge and bypass the established order.


This show is conceived both as a point of departure and arrival, just like that night, which symbolically represented the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. From an historical point of view, it was essentially a night like any other one. Indeed, nothing happened, or almost nothing…


Created in 2015
Duration: 1h05


Show available in indoor and outdoor versions


Conception and direction Julie Bertin & Jade Herbulot – The Birgit Ensemble

With Eléonore Arnaud, Pauline Deshons, Loïc Riewer and Lucas Lelièvre


Voice-over Anaïs Thomas

Scenography Camille Duchemin

Costumes Camille Aït-Allouache
Lighting and general engineers Grégoire De Lafond / Marco Benigno / Félix Tinel
Sound design and video Lucas Lelièvre


Production The Birgit Ensemble
With the artistic participation of the Jeune Théâtre National
With the support of Théâtre 95 – Scène conventionnée aux écritures contemporaines – Cergy-Pontoise, Théâtre Gérard Philipe – centre dramatique national de Saint-Denis, Conservatoire national supérieur d’Art dramatique, Théâtre des Quartiers d’Ivry – CDN du Val-de-Marne en préfiguration, Théâtre Paul Eluard de Choisy-le-Roi, Théâtre de Vanves – Scène conventionnée danse


Residence supported by the DRAC Île-de-France.