Silence !

Création 2017

Outdoor - Nightime
Duration : 45 min
Audience : several thousand people

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This is the silence before the storm. Who can explain this obscured horizon? Someone shouts Silence ! Time is suspended now, all is frozen. The slow muffled rolling of the drums rises from the depths becoming a deafening noise. A rain of metal fills the air, sheet lightning overwhelms the sky.

Silence ! will be made of 2 parts, a procession and a final on a fixed set.
Dressed up with metal, musicians move forward amongst a blinding din. Coloured bodies and layered pieces of metal form a moving shape with sharp angles forcing itself into the audience. Powerful rhythms intersperse with silence creating a tension that will not fade. Along the path, procession will stop to create collective sculptures forms which spring lights and sounds before moving forward again in a relentless move. Nothing will stop this oscillating human machine, bodies progressing in unison with the rhythms.
At the end of the route musicians and pyrotechnicians will reach a fixed set evoking a mountain of metal. Viewing angle from the audience is wide, almost circular around the stage. Characters invade this strange space as one exploring a new territory, covered with metals and items that endlessly need to be pushed away, reorganised, transformed. Anything is good for action. The limit between chaos and music is thin. What seems to be a countdown, or maybe a clock telling hours, creates a spiral of tension and surprises. Objects and fire manipulation, percussion playing on and on, exploring what appears to be a gigantic musical instruments creating a possessed trance toward an ultimate point : enjoying the silence.
A dazzling finale releases accumulated tensions with an astounding wave of energy. The mountain became a volcano, a huge bonfire. Now characters are liberated as well, like miners, cleared out from their metal constraint, sharing the silence, coming back, as one comes back to the light.


Silence !  2017 bookings 

  • Premiere > 16 June : TOULOUSE (FR) - Fête du Jardin Michelet
  • 10 July : L’ARGENTIERE-LA-BESSEE (FR) - Championnat de France de Kayak
  • 14 July : TOURCOING (FR) - Fête Nationale
  • 21, 22, 23 July : CHALON-SUR-SAONE (FR) - Festival Chalon dans la Rue
  • 3, 4, 5 August : LIBOURNE (FR) - Fest’arts
  • 11 August: CLERMONT-FERRAND (FR) - Les Contre-Plongées
  • 19, 20 August : CHASSEPIERRE (BE) - Festival international des Arts de la Rue de Chassepierre
  • 27 August : AALST (BE) - CIRK !
  • 8, 9 September : BARCELONE (ES) - Fira Tàrrega

« How to create when the world collapses around us and there is nothing left ? How can ingenuity be an answer to coercion? Our challenge is not to turn Les Commandos Percu into the first post-apocalyptic band of percussion but to go back to our basics : observing, recycling material and the sounds of the world to reinvent a lively and personified music.

Then comes a reaction to the abundance of technology surrounding us and making us wonder what is the meaning of performing a live show with flesh and sweat? We always look for answers in fire because it is deeply linked to human beings history. Until now we had the feeling that our shows were asking “which side of fire are you on ?”. Today we are asking “where is fire going to?”.

What we are looking for is an exhilarating wildness, a genuine and essential joy. »

Raymond Gabriel – artistic directorcroquis-1_blancsansfond



  • Artistic director : Raymond Gabriel
  • Music – pyrotechnics : Stéphane Augier, Metty Bénistant, Bernard Graell, William Perez, Ruddy Thery
  • Lights : Michel Pradillon
  • Sound : François Hourtané
  • Production manager : Vincent Gonzalez
  • Project manager & communication : Lisa Trouilhet

Silence ! is a co-production Big Drum & Festival International des Arts de la Rue de Chassepierre.
Supported by Théâtre Le Liburnia - Ville de Libourne, Le Rio Grande - Scène de Musiques Actuelles de Montauban, la Communauté de Communes des Côteaux Bellevue, la Ville de Toulouse, la Région Midi-Pyrénées, le Département de la Haute-Garonne et Rythmes et Sons - Strasbourg.