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Music Theater/Performance


collectif barbare

All cultures have their own festivals and celebratory rituals. To be a host is a high value all over the world. The collectif barbare, together with its ensemble of people from different backgrounds, invites the audience to a celebration that gathers everyone around one table and makes the theatre a place of encounter with the foreign.
The audience enters to background music and finds a welcoming space with tables and benches. The play, performed in the middle of the audience, begins with an orchestra and songs, surprises for the children and announcements at the microphones. From this beginning, a multi-layered acoustic and visual journey develops. The room transforms into a company canteen or the lounge of an airship, and suddenly everyone is part of an open-air wedding celebration in southern Afghanistan. As in a kaleidoscope, different worlds of life are revealed in the course of this magical tour, which theatrically exaggerate the reality of the participants and thus make it visible.
In most cases, an invitation means that the person invited is welcome and that their presence is desired. An aspect that takes on a completely different meaning when one realises that a good number of the participants in «L'Invitation» who sit in the middle of the audience on the festival benches are not exactly welcome in many places in Switzerland.
«L'Invitation» is a participatory music theatre and mediation project with young people of diverse origins, nationalities, gender and sexual orientation.


Astride Schlaefli (concept/direction/sound/video), Armelle Scholl (composition/music), David Merz (electronics/music), Christian Kuntner (project management/sound design/sound engineering), Stephan Schwendimann (stage), Florence Schlumberger (administration), Michael Eigenmann (lighting/technical direction), Vera Silberring (movement), Natania Prezant (dramaturgy), a.o.


Music by Armelle Scholl and Astride Schlaefli: various untitled pieces
Vladimir Cosma (*1949): «la vie en rose» (1983) / «la Paloma» (1983)
Mahsa Vahdat (*1973): «farewell» (2020)
Himzo Polovina (1927-1986): «Emina» (1970)
Lili Boniche (1922-2008): «Alger, Alger» (1996)
Wjatscheslaw Meschtscherin (1923-1995): «Siberian Melody» (2002)


75 minutes, no break


CHF 35.-/25.-/15.- (free choice at the box office or in advance)
Free admission applies to persons with residence permit N, F or S. / CHF 5.- students of the Hochschule für Musik FHNW and the Musicology Seminar of the University of Basel / CHF 10.- members Colourkey and children under 12 years.



New Pricing Policy

With the start of the season 22/23, a new pricing policy will apply at Gare du Nord.
Guests can now choose their own admission price between three different price levels.
CHF 35.- / 25.- / 15.-


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Persons with a residence permit N, F or S.

Students of the Academy of Music FHNW and of the Seminar of Music of the University Basle will still enjoy an entry fee of CHF 5.-.
Colourkey holders and children under 12 years will pay CHF 10.-

Season tickets

Prices freely selectable CHF 350.- / 250.- / 150.-
The season tickets include almost all events of the season 22/23.

Benefits of a season ticket: You can collect your ticket at the evening door and do not need a reservation. The seats for holders of season tickets will be blocked up to 15 minutes prior to showtime.

Season tickets are available for purchase at the door or can be ordered via →E-Mail

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