cast Florian CHAUVET, Hakim DJAZIRI and Leïla GUÉRÉMY
sound and light manager
from July 5th to 24th
breaks on 11th and 18th
in English from 9th to 14th
prohibited fo children under 13
A man in the Fleury-Mérogis prison is overwhelmed by a memory: he is four years old, and it is his birthday. The sweet fragrance of his Algerian homeland comes flooding back. But almost immediately, the happy childhood memory is replaced by other, darker recollections: the rise of fundamentalism, his flight to France with his parents, and his move to the Trois-mille sink estate at Aulnay-sous-bois, one of the toughest neighbourhoods in Seine-Saint-Denis, Greater Paris.
Filled with disappointment and disillusionment, he loses his bearings and sinks into violence. Despite being raised to love others, he shuts down and, while his parents look on helplessly, gets caught up in radical Islam.
He does not believe in destiny. He could have taken another path. At a crossroads in his life, he chose to give in to hate.
The play is a declaration of family love. However, it is primarily an account of the community its author grew close to. The play asks a crucial question about these youths: who are they? Before stigmatising them, we should analyse the symptoms – which is something we can do together through theatre.
The play’s real message is not about Jihadism; it is about an identity crisis. Hakim Djaziri did not need to interview aspiring trainee jihadists to write it, he was able simply to take inspiration from his personal experience as a young European Muslim. Through the play, he points out dangerous paths and denounces false destiny. We need to strike at the heart of our sick society to heal it, and this play is a real invitation to orchestrate such a move.
Teknaï was created in 1999 by Quentin Defalt. The company first performed a play by Racine (Britannicus) and two plays by Michel Azama (Croisades (Crusades) and Aztèques (Aztecs)). However, the company quickly began to work on original writing in order to tackle certain themes: solitude, isolation, the search for self. These themes were first examined during the Les Cadouin cycle (Monsieur Martinez (Les Cadouin #1) by J. Coulon, Q. Defalt, O. Faliez, C. Laemmel and G. Peau at the Théâtre du Rond-Point, Brita Baumann (Les Cadouin #2) by Q. Defalt and G. Peau at the Théâtre 13, La Marquise de Cadouin (Les Cadouin #3) by Q. Defalt and G. Peau at the Théâtre du Rond-Point), then through La Reine des Neiges (The Snow Queen) by Q. Defalt at the Théâtre de l’Atelier, Lancelot by G. Peau at the Théâtre 13, Les Vibrants d’A. Asgharzadeh at the Studio des Champs-Elysées, Sosies (Doppelgangers) by J. Coulon, Q. Defalt, G. Peau and T. Poitevin at the Nouveau Ring (Avignon) and lastly, Désaxé (Unbalanced) by Hakim Djaziri.
From 2013 to 2016, Teknaï was in residence at the Maison du Théâtre et de la Danse at Epinay-sur-Seine and under contract to the Seine-Saint-Denis department (3 new productions, 1 exhibition, 1,200 hours of workshops, 120 hours of action, 25,000 people reached).
Teknaï and Quentin Defalt received the Théâtre Adami Prize in 2016.
Teknaï worked in partnership with the Le Point Zéro collective on Désaxé. The Le Point Zéro collective created a theatrical series of ten episodes called Les Désaxés. Each episode examines a character from Désaxé.
Quentin Defalt, trained at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art Dramatique in Paris, and created and directs the Teknaï company. He also created and is artistic director of the Prix Théâtre 13 / Young directors.
His shows have been performed in many places, including the Théâtre du Rond-Point (Monsieur Martinez (Les Cadouin #1), La marquise de Cadouin (Les Cadouin #3)), at Théâtre 13 (Aztèques, Brita Baumann (Les Cadouin #2), La Reine des Neiges, Lancelot), at the Maison du Théâtre et de la Danse in Epinay-sur-Seine (Sosies), at the Studio des Champs-Elysées (Les Vibrants), at the Studio Hébertot (Les Funambules), at the Théâtre de la Reine Blanche (Les Vibrants) and at the French historic centre for national archives, the Centre Historique des Archives Nationales (Britannicus).
In 1999, he was awarded prize for direction at the Paris Festival for young artistic creations for directing Crusades.
In 2016, he received the Théâtre Adami prize.
Le Collectif Le Point Zéro, le Théâtre Jacques Prévert (Aulnay-sous-Bois)
Partners and supports
avec le soutien de la Région Ile-de-France, de l’Adami, de la Spedidam, du Fonds SACD Théâtre, du Fonds SACD Musique de scène, du Festival Oui ! (Festival de Théâtre en français de Barcelone), du Prisme (Elancourt), de la Maison du Théâtre et de la Danse d’Epinay-sur-Seine, du Théâtre 13, du Théâtre de Fontenay-le-Fleury et de la Maison des Métallos.