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Julie Deliquet

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Julie Deliquet


Based on the film by Frederick Wiseman

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  • May 2024
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|2023 Creation - Festival d'Avignon, Honors Courtyard

In a gymnasium turned welcome center, Julie Deliquet orchestrates the cohabitation between social workers and roughed up welfare recipients. Adapted from American filmmaker Frederick Wiseman’s documentary, Welfare weaves interlacing stories and imaginations in a human comedy both absurd and burlesque. Opening show of the 77th Festival d’Avignon.

Welfare is firstly a 1973 documentary by Frederick Wiseman that delves into the heart of the American social welfare system, and a patient observation of the daily lives of social workers and those they try to help. People without jobs or homes, ill, fragile, or victims of violence. The camera captures their waiting, their words. These exchanges, whether sad, funny, strange or dramatic are today at the heart of Julie Deliquet’s play. On Wiseman’s suggestion, the director imagined this Welfare, her fourth adaptation from a cinematographic work. The play is set in the gymnasium of a public school turned into a welcome center during the last days of 1973. For a day, people and stories meet, a community canteen and emergency accommodation get prepared. A world of resistance comes alive.

Practical information

Du 3 au 5 mai 2024

Ven 20h

Sam 18h

Dim 16h

Estimated duration 2h30

Getting here

Porte de Pantin

Porte de Pantin

75, 151 : Porte de Pantin

Performance with adapted surtitles on Sunday 5 May at 4 pm

In collaboration with Les Souffleurs de sens


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Production credits


With Julie André, Astrid Bayiha, Éric Charon, Salif Cisse, Aleksandra de Cizancourt, Évelyne Didi, Olivier Faliez, Vincent Garanger, Zakariya Gouram, Nama Keita, Mexianu Medenou, Marie Payen, Agnès Ramy, David Seigneur
and Thibault Perriard (musicien) 
Based on the film of Frederick Wiseman
Traduction Marie-Pierre Duhamel Muller 
Staging Julie Deliquet  
Stage adaptation Julie André, Julie Deliquet, Florence Seyvos  
Artistic collaboration Anne Barbot, Pascale Fournier 
Scénography Julie Deliquet, Zoé Pautet  
Light Vyara Stefanova 
Music Thibault Perriard  
Costumes Julie Scobeltzine 
Puppet Carole Allemand
Costume assistant Marion Duvinage
Cabinet design Nelly Geyres
Sets François Sallé, Bertrand Sombsthay, Wilfrid Dulouart, Frédéric Gillmann, Anouk Savoy - Ateliers du Théâtre Gérard Philipe, centre dramatique national de Saint-Denis 
General management Pascal Gallepe 
Stage management Bertrand Sombsthay 
Lighting control Jean-Gabriel Valot 
Sound control Pierre De Cintaz 


Production Théâtre Gérard Philipe CDN de Saint-Denis 
Coproduction Festival d’Avignon, Comédie CDN de Reims, Théâtre Dijon Bourgogne CDN, Comédie de Genève, La Coursive Scène nationale de La Rochelle, Le Quartz Scène nationale de Brest, Théâtre de l’Union CDN du Limousin, L’Archipel Scène nationale de Perpignan, La Passerelle Scène nationale de Saint-Brieuc, le CDN Orléans Centre-Val de Loire, Les Célestins Théâtre de Lyon, le cercle des partenariats du TGP 
With the support of Groupe TSF, Vinci Autoroutes, The Pershing Square Foundation, The Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater,Alios Développement, FACE Contemporary Theater, a programme of the Villa Albertine and FACE Foundation in partnership with the French Embassy in the United States, King's Fountain, Région Île-de-France, Conseil départemental de la Seine-Saint-Denis and for the 77th edition of the Festival d'Avignon: Fondation Ammodo and Spedidam.
Residence La FabricA du Festival d’Avignon 
Capture in partnership with France Télévisions
Frederick Wiseman's are produced by Zipporah Films


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