Presented at Théâtre La Bordée

1:15 (without intermission)

In French with English surtitles

Thu 26 May
Fri 27 May
Sat 28 May
There will be a Q&A with the artists (for ticketholders only) after the 2 p.m. show on May 28
Regular price / $ 55 Taxes included, service charges not included

Compagnie Les Cambrioleurs (Brest (France))

All public, 
from 12 years old

Fiery, rebellious, radiant, the four starring actresses of Désobéir carry this play on their shoulders with the passion of women who refuse to bend to societal expectations and dare to dream of a brighter future. Of Cameroonian, Iranian, Turkish and Kabyle descent, these twenty-somethings from the Parisian suburb of Aubervilliers, most of whom had never performed in a play before this one, tell their stories of a painful past and emancipation.

The common thread between them: they all said no. No to the cages that keep women from spreading their wings—family and religious traditions, marriage, the game of seduction, the obligation to please, racism, chauvinism and the like. In the tradition of documentary theatre, their stories are intermingled with the stories of some 80 young women from immigrant and low-income backgrounds, who shared with the play’s creators their aspirations, their relationships with family and with disobedience, their thirst for freedom and commitment… Here, the personal is unflinchingly political.

On a stripped-down stage that they bring alive with a breathtaking energy, the performers transform in the blink of an eye, at times submissive, at others in full possession of their liberation. They combine monologues, choral passages and liberating dances to bring a redeeming wind, freeing themselves through words, movement and humour. Under the heavy blanket of their cultural heritage, we sense the revolt that simmers, the anger that roils. And before you know it, you become invested in these miraculous women who have found salvation in the rejection of authority in order to forge the path that is best for them: their own. It is a true pleasure for us to finally present this show, which was originally scheduled for our 2020 edition.


Les Cambrioleurs theatre company is subsidized by the Ministère de la Culture / DRAC Bretagne and supported by Région Bretagne, the Conseil Départemental du Finistère and the City of Brest.

Julie Berès is an associate artist with Théâtre Dijon-Bourgogne, directed by Maëlle Poésy.


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Presented with the support of the Institut Français and the Consulat général de France à Québec

Conceptrice Julie Berès

Producteur Compagnie les Cambrioleurs

Coproducteurs Avec le soutien du Fonds de Dotation Agnès Troublé dite Agnès B., du FIJAD – Fonds d’Insertion pour les Jeunes Artistes Dramatiques, DRAC et Région Alpes-Côte-d’Azur.

Production déléguée Compagnie Les Cambrioleurs précédemment le Théâtre de la Commune – CDN d’Aubervilliers
Avec le soutien du Fonds de Dotation Agnès Troublé dite Agnès B., du FIJAD – Fonds d’Insertion pour les Jeunes Artistes Dramatiques, DRAC et Région Alpes-Côte-d’Azur.
La compagnie Les Cambrioleurs est conventionnée par le Ministère de la Culture / DRAC Bretagne et soutenue par la Région Bretagne, le Conseil Départemental du Finistère et la Ville de Brest.
Julie Berès est artiste associée du projet du Théâtre DIjon-Bourgogne, dirigé par Maëlle Poésy.


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