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Les Actes du désert (Acts from the desert)

Premiere at Mains d’Œuvres (Paris / Saint Ouen), November 9 and 10th 2017

Compagnie Vivons in partnership with La Transplansiphère, La métonymie and sas (science-art-society)


— I receive audio tapes in the mailbox. The voices of the different people I met in Mali during my two trips in 1999 and 2011. The testimony of an old man-memory who unrolls each name on the tree of my family. I think back to this text by Jean-Pierre Hamon who already invited me to travel in the desert. The periphery of Timbuktu. I see myself alone, sand at a loss, at sunset, where I decide to make this journey of initiation to find my origins. As a ritual that imposes itself on me, I have in a circle the elements that will reveal each step. A Malian saying says that dust holds the memory of ancestors. The sand runs between my fingers and connects me to them. I dance lost beings.

ACTES DU DESERT 180° from RACINE(S) on Vimeo.

It is there that I decide to leave in the desert to reconcile myself. In the Dogon country, it is said that every living or deceased person has a star in the sky. If the voice of the old man revealed to me my tree, on the ground, in my turn, I draw this family constellation. Throughout the journey, I cross different states that will shape me and where I feel to intermingle so many stories. I pay tribute to my father, to those migrants who decide to leave their country to find a better future. The writer and philosopher Amadou Hampâté Bâ said: « When an old man dies, it is a library that burns. » I dream of going to Timbuktu, the city of all knowledge, where I think I find the secrets of my intimate country.
Smail Kanouté

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Choreographer and performer
Smaïl Kanoute

Bruno Freyssinet

Batiste Darsoulant

Set Designer
Ikse Master

Light creator
Alexandre Fandard

XULY.Bet and JAYONE Ramier

Abdou Diouri

Accompaniment in Executive Production
Alternative Inner Motion / A.I.M

Jean Pierre Hamon

Afroriginal ™

Duration: 1h

Trust 2 Decameron




Leonessa and Rocca Sinibalda (Rieti, Lazio, Italy), 8> 21 August 2017 – Erasmus + Youth Exchange

30 young people from Germany, Italy, Portugal and France (including settled refugees, asylum seekers and young extra-EU students) explored the Trust topic together with an artistic and citizen workshop open to the public.

Notions such as migration, cohesion and co-construction were at stake, explored through exchanges and artistic creation processes.

Trust 2 Decameron is the third episode of an artistic and citizens’ meeting that took place in Rocca Sinibalda (Italy) in the summer of 2016 and in Paris (France) in the spring of 2017. The project proposed to organize an artistic workshop bringing together 30 young Europeans in Leonessa and Rocca Sinibalda (Rieti, Italy) in the summer of 2017.

The experience involved young people in a positive, active and responsible approach, favoring the construction of a dialogue based on respect and trust. This meeting offered a unique space of creative expression between young Europeans, young refugees and international artists. Everyone was able to take advantage of this experience and enrich their vision of our ability to build together “common”. And try to imagine a new European narrative about our time.

Visit the Trust 2 project website.
Learn more about Trust 1

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Trust Youth Exchange

Paris, March 22th > April 2nd 2017 – Erasmus+/OFAJ-DFJW Youth Exchange


Trust youth exchange took place in Paris in March 2017. Among the venues hosting the activities are Cité des Sciences / La Villette and OECD conference center.

25 young people from Sweden, Germany, Italy, Portugal and France (including settled refugees) questioned together the “Trust” topic through an artistic and citizen workshop opened to the public.

Migration, terrorism, integrity, cohesion, social and cultural heritage was among the topics at stake, explored through debates with experts and artistic creation processes.

The project engaged young people in a positive, active and responsible approach helping to construct inclusive dialogue built on respect and trust.This meeting offered a unique space for dialog and creative expression between young europeans, young refugees and international experts. Everyone gained from this experience and enriched its vision of our capacity to build up “common” together.


European Partners


Paris and Nanterre partners

  • Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, la Villette (City of Sciences Museum)
  • OECD Integrity Forum (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
  • Agora – Nanterre web (a venue for citizens’ initiatives)



Sas lab, science – art – society

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sas means transfer airlock in french, like a space in between different spaces, a connection, a place where you can meet. sas is also an acronym for science-art-society.

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Le sas is a group focused on research, design, production and dissemination of artistic and scientific works.

It associates la métonymie (digital art, with Ikse Maître) and La Transplanisphère (with Bruno Freyssinet) since September 2016.

Le sas aims to develop a culture of science-art-society projects, to promote a scientific and artistic culture and to accompany art-science projects. It revolves around art-science creations, art-science developments and art-science mediations. It opens up places for research and exchange within the academic research between artists and scientists.

Le sas is also a mobile art and science venue that meets the public. A first sas, Le sas>105, has been open since 2014 at the Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS, Institute of Space Astrophysics), Paris-Sud University, Paris-Saclay University.

Since January 2017, a sas has been opened in the Cité des Sciences (City of Science and Industry, the biggest french museum for Sciences explorations). It brings together scientists, artists, teams and the public of the Cité to undertake experiments and collective creations. Actions are transversal. They are conducted between the Cité de la Santé (health), the Cité des Métiers (work) and the Carrefour Numérique2 (digital crossroad) under the impetus of the companies La métonymie and the Transplanisphère.

The sas>cité allows:

  •    To create a dynamic between public and teams of the Cité, but also scientists and artists in residence
  •    To enrich the initiatives already programmed by the City
  •    To present to the Cité original art-science works or works under development in La métonymie and La Transplanisphère
  •    And to encourage the public to start new projects

The sas> cité is developing its actions over the years 2017 and 2018.


Corruption Objectified / installation at OECD, Integrity Forum 2016, Paris

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La Transplanisphere proposes its first experience in the frame of the new project “50 Shades of Integrity ». Designed ic cooperation with a team of Economist from OECD and a group of Sciences Po students, « Corruption Objectified » offers a pathway within symbolic objects of corruption associated by their little secret stories.
Visit Integrity Forum (19-20 April 16) at the OECD Conference Center (Paris), see the installation together with many corruption experts from all over the world. More info on OECD Integrity Week website.

Facebook event.

More info here.

OECD Integrity Forum and La Transplanisphère present

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What links a shiny bottle of Champagne, a leaking rice bag, a cobbled taximeter and a worn-out football shoe? They all had a role to play in a little story of corruption.


Corruption Objectified is the product of a joyful cooperation between the Integrity Forum team, La Transplanisphere and a team of Sciences Po Students. They choosed to explore the integrity topic in an different way, collecting symbolic objects of corruption associated to their stories. The result is a promenade offered to the audience, a concrete introduction to the multiple dimensions of a stake that may appear (sometimes) so difficult to fathom and so complicated to get to grips with.


What is, according to you, the most accurate object of corruption? Will you find it somewhere among the collection visible here? Please let us know, as we expect suggestions for the next experience!

The project

The exhibition Corruption Objectified is a first step of a future european project that wishes to question corruption: 50 Shades of Integrity. Co designed by 7 organisations coming from different backgrounds, the experience will associate artistic and civic approaches. It will also be based on the public participation and involvement. The partners are convinced that artists and experts have a dialog to initiate in order to bring creativity in the public debate on the corruption stakes.

If you want to know more about this project, or if you want to host Corruption Objectified in your own event please contact La Transplanisphère


The company

La Transplanisphère is an art company based in Paris (France) and led by Bruno Freyssinet. It develops a project questioning politics through art. How can creation stimulate the citizen debate on the future of our societies?

The company conceive and lead projects of international cooperation supported by the European Commission and other different tutelage in France and in Europe.

It proposes today a trans-disciplinary approach associating arts, citizenship, youth, education in a dynamic of activities linking the local and the global.

La Transplanisphère associates high school and university students, personalities of all horizons through the artistic creation, workshops, debates, interviews and publications.

The company wants to contribute to a renewed open-mindedness of the citizens towards the world.

La Transplanisphere projects are supported by the EU Culture programme,

Région Ile de France, OFAJ and Fondation Hippocrène


Corruption Objectified credits

Artistic direction: Bruno Freyssinet

Integrity Forum team: Jeroen Michels with Felicitas Neuhaus and David Hanel

Collective project with Sciences Po Paris: Manon Coyne, Damien Dotter,
Patricia Gautier, Sahar Hasan



Pierre Freyssinet, Sonia Vandomme, Faclab Cergy-Pontoise University, Muriel Poisson (IIEP Unesco), JK D-W, Kristina Vegera, Des Organismes Vivants


The 50 Shades of Integrity partners

Teatro Rigodon, Italy / Theater Dortmund, Germany / Ex-Quorum, Portugal
Policies for Development, Bulgaria / Teatermaskinen, Sweden
Transparency International, liaison office to the EU, Belgium

50 Shades of integrity

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Corruption Objectified, installation on objects of corruption, OECD Integrity Forum 2016, April19-20 2016

The fight against corruption, also called protection of integrity, is significantly active nowadays. European institutions as well as numerous governmental and non-governmental organisations have given priority to that matter. Lately, we have witnessed the emergence of NGO’s  condemning corruption, often with the help of the media. Several academic projects have also arisen in Europe. Even big companies have elaborated charters and trained their employees, following resounding corruption scandals. Though, a link is missing among these initiatives:  citizen and transversal actions directly addressing Europeans. An experience giving them the chance to inform themselves of the issue and react in a creative way.
When we discussed with actors involved in fighting against corruption, they share with us that they often witness a debate between experts. It is true that some cases are released through the media, but they often trigger fruitless reactions: a confusing mix of anger and mistrust towards countries, a feeling of a skewed process in the European societies’ social contract.
How could we trigger a more positive, active and citizen-based approach towards stakes linked to corruption and integrity? How could we bring a constructive and creative answer which can be spread among a lot of people?
This is precisely the approach of “50 Shades of Integrity”. Based on a hitherto unseen European partnership, composed of organizations of various origins and sizes, the project intends to create a field of expression so citizens should be able to share their views and be creative when discussing the Corruption topic. Through debates and artistic outputs, the project will bring a fresh perspective to these questions. It will allow citizens from different countries, generations and social backgrounds to gather and discuss. Together, we will try to bring an answer to this major concern through propositions that will hopefully contribute to the stimulation of the European Cohesion.

associated partners for this project in progress

La Transplanisphère / France

Teatro Rigodon / Italy

Theater Dortmund / Germany

Policies for Development / Bulgaria

Ex-Quorum / Portugal

Teatermaskinen / Sweden

Transparency International Liaison Office to the European Union / Belgium

This project has been designed in the frame of a Colletive Project with a group of Master 1 students from IEP Sciences Po Paris (France)

Here We Are

Here we are wishes to explore the relation between europeans and the refugees coming recently from area in conflict (Sub-Saharan Africa, Horn of Africa, Syria, Irak and Afghanistan). The project will provoke an artistic and civic space for an alternative dialog based on creating “common”.

logo here we areHere we are will be innovative in designing a framework that will escape from a repeated pattern of goodwill versus intolerance. Beyond mutual understanding, the project focuses on “learning together” and “creating together” as an example of a possible future.

This dialogue uses vocabulary ranging from arts, craft, media, technology and sciences. And from all communities involved, Here we are will gather and collaborate with artists, teachers, researchers, community leaders, public figures, students and youth groups.

The partners organisations involved will be based in the different countries associated to the project. Together, they will generate a trans sectoral consortium made of art companies, NGOs, educational organisations, private foundations, public entities and media. The experience will be shared to the european audience through a web platform linked to the social networks. This platform will also remain after the project as a reference for refugees and migrants projects in Europe.

As a final objective, this project wishes to engage participants and through them all the communities involved to reconsider their relation to the Other and create a dynamic space for dialog, learning and creation. The initiators wish to explore alternative pathways that will be shared with a large european audience. As a result, we hope that Here we are will contribute to a more positive approach on what the refugee crisis may actually trigger for Europe. Perhaps new dynamics in our creativity and a higher stimulation for building common addressed to the european project in progress.


A cooperation project between Greece, Italy, Turkey, Germany, Portugal and France

In response to Creative Europe Refugee Integration Call

Coordination: La Transplanisphère (Fr),  Co organisers: Teatro Rigodon (It), Eccom (It,) ODC Ensemble/Vyrsodepseio (Gr), Anadolu Kultur (Tr), Ex Quorum (Pt), Des Organismes Vivants (Fr), KJT Theater Dortmund (De), Forderband Kultur Initiative/Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte  (De)

Pace / performing arts for crisis in Europe

PACE Project Performing Arts for Crisis in Europe is a Learning platform for the European cohesion

The project involves : La Transplanisphère (France, coordinator) – The International Theatre (Italy) – Visões Úteis (Portugal) – Project Art Centre (Ireland) – Teatermaskinen (Sweden) – Mezzanine Spectacle (France) in cooperation With Panteion University Drama Center (Greece)

The PACE Learning Partnership associates theatrical organisations from Greece, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Sweden and France. It has been designed in the context of the European Debt Crisis.

The participants met in Athens (Panteion University Drama Center) in February 2012 to finalize the project together through a preparatory visit.The involved organizations share an interest in questioning political and geopolitical issues in their projects, especially through workshops for adults. Continue reading

Rec>ON (reconciliation)


European artistic and civic cooperation project between Turkey, Armenia, Germany and France

How to give an artistic dimension to a very sensitive european debate, usually handled by the politic field?
How to allow citizens from 4 different countries to appropriate together the reconciliation question and transform it in an artistic piece, opened an stimulating?

The project aim is to associate artists, young people and representatives of the civil society from Armenia, Germany, Turkey and France. They operate a common reflection through a multidisciplinary stage performance, associated with actions involving the public (workshops, debates, meetings…). With this common experience, citizens from Europe and Europe frontiers try to cast off geographical, historical or psychological limits to question together the reconciliation idea.


The project is twofold:

• a play involving artists symbolizing all four countries will be written, staged and performed, using not only theatre but music and video art. The play is written during the process, using the four languages. It is rehearsed then performed in Yerevan (Armenia), before touring in the three other partner countries.
• Each stage of the project is linked to workshops, personalities interviews and a public debate. Bridges are built up between the performers and the audience partly through workshops under the supervision of the artists involved. In order to create a dialogue with a wider audience, the project works with partners in each country, such as high schools and universities.
• The two sides of the project are constantly intersect during its creation. A documentary film is shot to follow the project different stages.

It is not indispensable to always have the same point of view ; no one can prevent us from becoming more intelligent.
Konrad Adenauer

None of us play anything else than the chords we already know. Why could we not rebuild our common memory by transforming this monologue into a dialogue?
Hrant Dink

Itw Cengiz Aktar / 4. Reconciliation / webdoc… par brunofrey

Itw Sevak Artsruni / 4. Future / Webdoc Rec>ON par brunofrey

Itw Christoff Bleidt / The Descendants and the… par brunofrey

Making a shared future possible The first half of the twentieth century witnessed Europe’s involvement in the most destructive wars in history. But the second half has shown us a new vision, with for the first time the creation of a community of countries capable of exchanging ideas, building new bonds and moving forward together. One of the key words of this process was reconciliation. This reconciliation involved countries barely recovering from the war, still torn asunder by civil conflicts: it was about accepting the other and our differences to create a better future. The Franco-German reconciliation is often thought of as the basis of the European Union, and today’s generation of Europeans take it for granted. Need we however remind ourselves just how difficult to achieve such an alliance was? All throughout the process, citizens took the initiative and created new cooperations, especially in the domains of education and culture.

About The Descendants / Rec>ON webdoc par brunofrey

These actions became catalysers for innovating ways of working together, often independently from political decisions. Since its creation, every time the European Union integrates a new country, the question of how the different nations composing the Union interact becomes essential. In the case of the integration of Turkey in the Union, relations between France and Turkey, Germany and Turkey, are at the heart of a heated debate, since these countries share a rich political, cultural and migratory history. By extension, the question of the relationship of Turkey to its neighbours must be asked, and most notably with Armenia, since reconciliation between these two countries has just been launched. It is still an extremely complex situation, since the political and economic goals are very important, but it has never evolved as much as during these last few years.

Turkey, Armenia, Germany, and France: four countries with complex, special bonds; four points of view on the idea of reconciliation, on the means necessary to protect or provoke it; a common realisation that without reconciliation, no shared future is possible. It is not necessary to always have the same point of view ; no one can prevent us from becoming more intelligent.


World Crisis Theatre

World Crisis Theatre proposes a meeting of professional artists and young people coming from different countries in Europe. Their common goal is the creation of two plays dealing with the 2008 financial crisis and the present one, together with organising public activities.

The project is inspired the The Power of Yes, a play by British playwright David Hare. The Power of Yes was an investigative theatrical documentary at the heart of the financial crisis as it was lived in Great Britain. The global 2008 crisis has become a sort of turning one and by turn the European citizens are either victims or judges of their neighbours’ crisis. It is one of the project’s strength to enable the confrontation of the points of view coming from the different participating countries, a crossed vision between the peoples. Continue reading