Christophe Jaquet / Thomas Burkhalter

Clash of Gods

theatre | 1h10 | English, French, German (English, French, German subtitles)
Price: CHF 15.- (except special prices)
Wednesday 14.03, 08:00 pm
Thursday 15.03, 09:00 pm
Friday 16.03, 10:00 pm
Saturday 17.03, 08:30 pm
Sunday 18.03, 05:00 pm

Two directors and their troop face off. The subject of their disputation? Globalised music and the state of the world. These gods of the stage will illustrate their theories and defeat their opponent by any means necessary.

Two directors face off. The subject of their argument? Globalised music and the state of the world. To illustrate their theses and overcome their opponent, they take full control over the performers and the technical equipment to attack, weaken or ridicule the other – with no eye towards moral principles. At times, the conflict could be mistaken for a friendly chat. At others, the clash of titans becomes all-encompassing and hurls into play the whole theatrical apparatus: pathos, sound power, stroboscopes, even the physical violence of their ensembles. Eventually, a doubt surfaces. Are they accomplices? And if so, to what end? One thing is certain: never underestimate the power of the stage gods.


Christophe Jaquet (1964) is the artistic director of The National Institute association based in Lausanne, and was the producer of Transmission (2014) and of 25 juin 1945, 15h30 (2015). He is also one of the founding members of the music collective Velma. In parallel, he participates in many artistic projects in Switzerland and abroad, in which he acts as performer, musician and dramaturge.

Thomas Burkhalter (1973) is an ethnomusicologist, musical journalist, scientific collaborator at the Haute école des arts in Bern (HKB) and editor-in-chief of the famous musical platform Putting a strong emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach between theory and practice, he has published different books based on field research, such as Local Music Scenes and Globalization: Transnational Platforms in Beirut (Routledge) and Seismographic Sounds – Visions of a New World (Norient Books).


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Writing, music and performance:
Christophe Jaquet
Thomas Burkhalter
Anne Delahaye
Ernestyna Orlowska
Viviane Pavillon
Renée Van Trier
Philippe Wicht
Set & Costume design:
Renée Van Trier
Joana Oliveira
Sound design:
Daniel Jakob, Adi Flück
Matteo Taramelli

The National Institute

Arsenic, Lausanne
Schlachthaus, Berne

With the support of:
Canton de Vaud
Villle de Lausanne
Loterie Romande
Pro Helvetia
Ernst Göhner Stiftung
Kanton Bern
Burgergemeinde Bern