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The Roast of the Empress (2000-03)

according to Vasquez de Montalban’s recipe in “Immoral Recipes”

Four women prepare the mysterious food of a banquet. They accomplish the gestures of a ritual. There is a table, some wine and glasses, a kitchen knife. All rituals that celebrate a ritual of passage – be it from life to death, from youth to grown-up, from grown-up to old age, from solitude to being two or more – are sometimes accompanied by song and dance, but always by food and drink. This performance uses the art of the mouth in all its aspects: eating, drinking, singing and talking; it entertains us around the universal convivial universe of a table.

Poetry is the point of departure to confront and associate the abstraction of musical language with the semantics of text. This work wishes to make an alliance between theatre and music, singing and spoken voices, silence and gestures. It creates a visual space for music, treating movement and text as a sequence of notes, with their rhythm, accent and colouring. The performance is built around music a capella, from polyphonic singing to the scansion of spoken voice.

Le Roti de l’Impératrice (The Empress’s Roast) is a vocal concert in several pictures. It is a poem; a long poem that is spoken and sang, declaimed and vocalised, whispered and pounded; a weaving of texts and songs around a celebration.


2003, Norway, France
February: Les 3 Casinos: Gardanne, June: Festival de Porsgrunn (Norvège), October: Le Comédia, Toulon, Décember: ATP théâtre, Nîmes
2002, Taïwan, Lituania, France
March: Festival Taïpei (Taïwan), July: Le Lucernaire, festival d’Avignon, September: festival de Vilnius (Lituania)
2001, Danmark, France
January: festival Transit, Holstebro et Entrescenen, Aarhus (Danmark), octobre: Théâtre Galli, Sanary, Décember: Lilas en scène (93)
2000, France
March: La Minoterie, October: Espace culturel Busserine, Décember: Le parvis des arts, Marseille
  • 2003 The empress’s roast

  • Casting

    Original idea : Brigitte Cirla

    Stage direction : Brigitte Cirla

    Musical direction : Rumen Tzonev

    The artists:
    Brigitte Cirla, soprano
    Katy Deville or Sabine Boukobza, mezzo-soprano
    Isabelle Guien, contralto
    Marielle Haurant or Caty Delolme, soprano

    Costume designer: Nina Langhammer
    Regard inspiré: Vincent Audat
    Light : Raphaël Verley
    Sound : Dominique Clément
    Technical inventions : M. J. Ordener
    Administration : Géraldine Garnier
    Contact diffusion : MPPM M.Philibert
    Accountant: Archipel Nelle Vague

  • Partners

    Production: Voix Polyphoniques
    Supports : SFT, Système Friche Théâtre (Marseille), Lilas en Scène (Les Lilas)
    With the support of Ville de Marseille, du CG13


  • Repertory

    1/ Dilmano – bulgarian traditionnal and arrangement Rumen Tsonev

    2/ La recette 1 : les ingrédients – music Brigitte Cirla. Text Manuel V. Montalban

    3/ Dé vojko – ulgarian traditionnal and arrangement Rumen Tsonev

    4/ extracts from Maximes by Epicure

    5/ Assassination valse – traditionnal south-west France, arrangement Benoît Bergé, text Brigitte Cirla et Brigitte Maurin

    6/ Bré Petrunko – bulgarian traditionnal and arrangement Rumen Tsonev

    7/ A gorge dénouée by Ghérasim Luca

    8/ La recette 2 : la préparation – music Brigitte Cirla. Text Manuel V. Montalban

    9/ Szelem szelem – traditionnal romanian gypsy

    10/ Kaji kaji – traditionnel bulgare et arrangement Philippe Kutev

    11/  extraits de Prendre corps de Ghérasim Luca

    12/ Les Cafards de Kati Molnar

    13/ Dymianinka – bulgarian traditionnal and arrangement Rumen Tsonev

    14/ Otono porteno – music A. Piazzola, text Vincent Audat

    15/ La recette 3 : la cuisson – music Brigitte Cirla. Text Manuel V. Montalban

    16/ Malluros – traditionnal south-west France, arrangement Fabrice Rougier, text Vincent Audat

    17/ Polegnala – bulgarian traditionnal and arrangement Philippe Kutev

    18/ Laleli si – bulgarian traditionnal and arrangement  Philippe Kutev