[Surrogate] - creation

written and directed by Pauline Bureau

from 21 September to 17 October - Main Theater


tuesday at 7.30 pm, from wednesday to saturday at 8.30 pm and sunday at 3.30 pm

duration 2h15

performances in French and English with French subtitles

It is a gift these women give.

If one thinks to give necessarily implies to lose something, then one can’t understand.

Pauline Bureau

Pour autrui [Surrogate]

Liz is 35 years old and travels the world to manage construction sites and grow green roofs. Alexandre is a puppeteer, often on tour and in hotels. A snowstorm in Frankfurt leeds them both to be stuck in the airport and to meet. Love at first sight is followed by couple’s life and soon the desire to have a child. But things do not go as planned. Life brings them on an unexpected path, where Liz and Alexandre will discover within themselves an unsuspected strength which will lead them to cross the ocean and meet Rose, who bears the name of a flower and the wish to carry their child.

Pauline Bureau has been exploring for several years the lives of women of contemporary society. With this new show, she sets light on what defines a family today and challenges prejudices on the concept of gift.

artistic team

text and direction Pauline Bureau
with Yann Burlot, Martine Chevallier, Nicolas Chupin, Rebecca Finet, Sonia Floire, Camille Garcia, Maria Mc Clurg, Marie Nicolle, Anthony Roullier et Maximilien Seweryn 
on screen Grégory Defleur, Kelly Rivière and the children Rose Josefsberg Fichera, Jason Kitchin
set and props Emmanuelle Roy
original music and sound Vincent Hulot
costumes Alice Touvet
video Nathalie Cabrol
dramaturgue Benoîte Bureau
artistic collaboration Cécile Zanibelli et Léa Fouillet
wigs, hairdressing and make-up Catherine Saint-Sever
puppets design Carole Allemand et Sophie Coeffic
advising for puppets handling Jean-Michel D’Hoop
text-picture conception Uli Menke
translation into English David Pickering
translation into Arabic Mireille Maalouf
senior operator film Florence Levasseur
camera operator Jérémy Secco
stage manager John Carroll
set building by La Colline – théâtre national's workshop 

Pour autrui [Surrogate] - rehearsal © Tuong-Vi Nguyen
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La part des anges


La Colline-théâtre national, Le Volcan – Scène nationale du Havre, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, L’Espace des Arts – Scène nationale de Chalon-sur-Saône, Théâtre Dijon Bourgogne – Centre dramatique national, La Comédie de Colmar – Centre dramatique national, Le Bateau-Feu – Scène nationale de Dunkerque, Le Théâtre des Quartiers d’Ivry – Centre dramatique national.
Show created with the support of Seine-Maritime department.

with the support of Cie MidiMinuit

La part des anges is subsidised by Culture Ministry / DRAC Normandie et la Région Normandie.


Interdits d’enfant, Sylvie and Dominique Mennesson

Lorsqu’on a que l’amour, Sarah Levine and Aimée Melton

Qu’est-ce qu’elle a, ma famille ? Marc-Olivier Fogiel

Filiation, origine, parentalité Irène Théry and Anne-Marie Leroyer

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