Souffle !

Photo credits : Anaïs Laurent

Souffle !

Compagnie Charabia (France)

Recipient of a creation grant from the Conseil départemental du Val d’Oise

Theatre & music

from 6 months old

25 minutes

One breath, and life takes root in a never-ending alternation of full and empty. Mathilde Lechat’s desire to celebrate the richness and vitality of breath was an obvious choice. As a singer and sound explorer, for this show she has chosen to sound and spatialise her own breath, to give voice to its nuances: its roughness, its power, but also its fragility. She unfolds a multi-faceted score for body and voice, constructing a musical and choreographic language that knows no boundaries. At ease or on the alert, she plays with the imaginary dimensions of her inner breath, which she transposes to the outside world in a poetic journey that is at once mischievous, wild, intimate and creative, moving close to and around the audience.

Souffle! invites the audience to curl up on cosy islands in the heart of an immersive space vibrant with sound and light, with the intention of offering a moment of timeless listening that resonates with the sonic curiosity of young and old alike.



Espace Marcel Pagnol | 13 March 2024 at 9.30am (schools) & 2pm – Find out more and book | 14 March 2024 at 9.30am & 2pm (schools)


Interpretation : Mathilde Lechat
Artistic direction and musical, vocal and choreographic writing: Mathilde Lechat
Outside eye: Laurent Dupont
Choreographic outside eye: Albane Aubry and Stéphanie Gaillard
Sound spatialisation: Mathieu Roche
Lighting: Sara Lebreton
Set design and creation: Ronan Ménard
Costume: Cécile Pelletier

Production : Compagnie Charabia
Coproductions : Le Carré Amelot, espace culturel de la Ville La Rochelle (17) / La Grande Boutique, scène conventionnée- Art en territoire – Langonnet (56) / File 7, SMAC – Magny-Le-Hongre (77) / Très Tôt Théâtre, scène conventionnée d’intérêt national, Art, Enfance, Jeunesse – Quimper (29) / Dispositif « Pépite », Compagnie ACTA – Villiers-Le-Bel (95) / Festival « Ce soir, je sors mes parents » – Communauté de Communes du Pays d’Ancenis (44)
Mutualised coproduction : La Luciole, SMAC – Alençon (61) / La Nouvelle Vague, SMAC – Saint Malo (35) / Le Normandy, SMAC – Saint Lô (50)
Creation support: France Relance – DRAC des Pays de la Loire / Ville de Nantes / Conseil départemental de Loire Atlantique / Conseil départemental du Val d’Oise Mécénat / Grizzly Architectes