Fleury en Scène

Since 2010, Sylvie Nordheim has been leading workshops at the Maison d’arrêt de Fleury-Mérogis prison, thanks to support from the Service Pénitentiaire d’Insertion et de Probation de l’Essonne and the Léo Lagrange association. These creative theatre workshops involving a dozen inmates consist of 210 hours of theatre and writing per year resulting in a collective reading open to the public in the salon Roger Blin as part of Bibliothèques de l'Odéon. The readings took the form of Le vestiaire in 2014 and All in Hall in 2015
In parallel to this workshop, inmates visit the Théâtre de l'Odéon during a temporary release day and attend a show the same evening.

 

SAISON 2014-2015

All in Hall

Collective new work
directed by
Sylvie Nordheim

Presented on Saturday 21 Mars 2015 at 15h and 17h in the Salon Roger Blin

Traficking, blabbering and minor miracles at the foot of an out-of-service lift

leury en scène returns to the salon Roger Blin with a new work, bringing together around a dozen inmates. The days of stadiums and improbable matches are over. All in Hall plunges us into the universe of an inner-city housing area, at the foot of a tower block where all sorts of colourful characters run into each other (ranging from dealers, police, caretakers, pizza delivery boys, sales reps, local politicians, dodgy individuals and their neighbours pleasant or otherwise, long-term unemployed, prodigal sons and the not so prodigal, and social workers, to reporters looking for the latest scoop). In short, a whole array of creatures great and small, from amongst which a young rapper emerges on his way to long overdue recognition from his listeners - and a famous figure from the world of rap alike. In this project, our trusty guide will the complicity between us and the pleasure we take in breathing new life into a genre that we proudly defend: comedy. We like to stir in new ideas, dream up funny scenes, string together surprises and suspense, mix-ups and their repercussions, and build and hone the different characters. We also never give up trying to unravel inextricable difficulties, until the painfully obvious stares us in the face: our limited means rule out having any special effects. So much the better! It will be us to be as smart as we can in our search for solutions.       
Since 2010, Sylvie Nordheim has been leading creative theatre workshops involving a dozen inmates at the Maison d’arrêt de Fleury-Mérogis prison, thanks to support from the Service Pénitentiaire d’Insertion et de Probation de l’Essonne and the Léo Lagrange association.

This project has been made possible due to support due from InPACT – Initiative pour le partage culturel endowment fund, Fondation la Poste and  Léo Lagrange île-de-France association.
In partnership with SPIP de l’Essonne and Maison d’arrêt de Fleury-Mérogis.

 

Les Correspondances-Panoptiques -Théâtre du Menteur (2010)
 

SAISON 2013-2014

Le vestiaire

Collective new work
directed by
Sylvie Nordheim

Presented on Saturday 29th March 2014 at 15h and 18h in the Salon Roger Blin.

Sylvie Nordheim has, for the last three years, been leading creative writing workshops at the Maison d’arrêt de Fleury-Mérogis prison. En 2012, she added a theatrical dimension to this activity so that inmates with writing difficulties or with limited mastery of French could participate. She has been working with two groups simultaneously, which proved itself to be very fruitful in terms of creating new ideas. Indeed, she made frequent crossovers between the texts, thereby enriching them considerably. Entre terre et mer, a comedy in two inter-connecting parts, was built up around improvisations around a common theme. It was performed in January 2013 before a group of inmates. 
Always keen to set up new projects, the cultural department of the Service pénitentiaire d’insertion et de probation, suggested continuing with this format (two workshops, one show), by offering participants the possibility of going to the theatre and performing in the same theatre.
This year two new groups of inmates will be given the opportunity of participating in the project from September 2013 until March 2014. The project envisages the collective writing of a two-act piece of theatre on the theme of football. The first act will take place in the changing rooms of a premier division team prior to a match - that they are sure of winning; the second act, after the match, will take place in the changing rooms of the opposing team which has - against all odds - just won the cup.  
In partnership with SPIP de l’Essonne, Maison d’arrêt de Fleury-Mérogis, Léo Lagrange île-de-France association, Fondation la Poste, INPAC and Fondation SFR 77 in collaboration with Lilian Thuram and his Fondation éducation contre le racisme.

 

Maison d'arrêt de Fleury Mérogis