Theater. “Between dogs and wolves”, where violence nestles

After “Comme l’oiseau” where she told the fate of a mule – a drug courier between Guyana and Paris – the author and director Bérékia Yergeau is expanding her bestiary. With “Between Dogs and Wolves”, she tackles the issue of violence. Demonstrative and at times, surprising.

The scene, at first plunged into semi-darkness, lets us glimpse four characters, each advancing along its trajectory and whose paths hardly seem to cross. And when they collide with each other, you can sense a certain animosity between them. Then, little by little, everyone tells us their story. The story of men and women who have become activists and who no longer intend to let things go.


“Between Dogs and Wolves” by Bérékia Yergeau



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A young reveler in Cayenne responds to police provocations. An Indigenous activist from Montreal expresses her anger at the way she is being treated. A woman protests against discrimination against blacks in Brussels. Another young woman responds to the violence she experiences by venting her hatred on the Internet. All have this common point of responding to violence with violence.


“Between dogs and wolves”, written and directed by Bérékia Yergeau



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It is this starting point to choose to develop Berekia Yergeau throughout his new show. A hot show, just out of the artist residency carried out by the Bérékia company at the Lavoir Moderne Parisien – where the play is also being performed for a few days – and also burning with its theme.


The author and director Bérékia Yergeau talks about what interpreted in the creation of between dogs and wolves :


“Between Dogs and Wolves” by Bérékia Yergeau



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During the first part, the scenes follow one another like so many testimonies of the violence of this world which engenders violence which itself engenders violence… an endless cycle. Bérékia Yergeau, with her particular writing mixing prose and poetry, shows and demonstrates that apparently nothing comes to interrupt this dance, once produced. Good… but once that has been said and exposed, the viewer could almost say to himself: okay, so what?


“Between dogs and wolves”, written and directed by Bérékia Yergeau



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This is where the show gets particularly interesting and clever. A second part literally picks the audience up on their armchair. And the questions asked on stage sent back into the room by a twist, a twist (of which we will say nothing to preserve the effect) that Bérékia Yergeau skilfully leads to its conclusion and which questions us in turn, with regard to the demonstration performed on stage by the four protagonists.

And here we are summoned to ask ourselves questions: does violence necessarily call for violence? What would we do to end it? Have we had outbreaks of violence ourselves? Is violence, even justified by a just cause, commendable? Etc…

Bérékia Yergeau, author and director of

Bérékia Yergeau, author and director of “Between dogs and wolves”



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The exercise is reminiscent of a form of militant theater which had its heyday in the 1970s and which did not rule out involving the public in sometimes complex themes and in a theater that aligned symbols in a sometimes outrageous. between dogs and wolves plays on it a little with, however, in the overall staging, a little more clarity: the message is clear there.


“Between Dogs and Wolves” by Bérékia Yergeau



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Everything does not necessarily work in this device which puts aside the narration in favor of successive scenes. Still in the running-in phase, the piece still suffers from a lack of sustained rhythm. But undeniably, we do not come out indifferent to this show and ask a little richer questions which, if they do not find answers, are nonetheless interesting to ask in these times. And that’s not so bad.

“Between dogs and wolves”, written and directed by Bérékia Yergeau. This Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, September 25 at 3:00 p.m., at the Théâtre du Lavoir Moderne Parisien.

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