A Museum (theatre)

After its editions in Germany, India, Taïwan, Canada, Sweden, Korea, Cambodia and Romania the Museum (theatre) opens its doors in the Cultural Centre Tuzla, Atelier “Ismet Mujezinovic” Tuzla in the framecwork of Kaleidoscop Festival  in Tuzla – Bosnia.

A Museum (theatre) is an international participative installation conceived by French stage director Clyde Chabot. Inspired by Heiner Muller’s play Hamlet-Machine, the project is an attempt to incorporate, in the lapse of a snapshot, each person’s individual story into larger History.

A rehearsal of the text Hamlet-machine is broadcast. One can listen with headphones to the audio recordings of the text in the various languages of the visited countries.

Videos of performances realised in the set of the installation by local artists in other countries are broadcast.

A Museum (theatre) is a poetic and political act, a creation process in small-scale model, a microfiction. It explores the sensitive and political condition in a city, a region, a country.

Visitors are invited to create their own self-portrait. They choose one historical picture from the 20th century up to today, which is projected onto a large screen, and one (or several) word(s) taken from Heiner Muller’s play, in Bosnian and English. A photographer shoots portraits of the visitors.

The audience can see the day after on the spot the portraits which were taken the day before, as well as those of previous sessions of the installation. The visitors can also find them on facebook and later with their translation into english on the internet.


Design : Clyde Chabot
Set Design : Annabel Vergne


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« The set is a monument. It presents a man who made history, enlarged a hundred times. The petrification of a hope. His name is interchangeable, the hope had not been fulfilled. The monument is toppled into the dust, razed by those who succeeded him in power three years after the state funeral of the hated and most honored leader. The stone is inhabited. In the spacy nostrils and auditory canals, in the creases of skin and uniform of the demonished monument, the poorer inhabitants of the capital are dwelling. After an appropriate period, the uprising follows the toppling of the monument. My drama, if it still would happen, would happen in the time of the uprising. »

“Speaking of his collaboration with Erich Wonder, Heiner Müller liked in the latter’s work the elaboration of “spaces in which the texts rest and can work”. Clyde Chabot’s installation focuses more on the visual arts, making it possible to deploy a work in 3 or even 4 dimensions since it does not neglect time and in particular the exhibition of the «cyclicality» of the history dear to Heiner Müller.” Sophia Rieu, Parallel Action, 4 November 2017

A participatory installation enriched by its perpetual nomadism. Clyde Chabot imagined it from the play Hamlet-Machine by Heiner Müller, a free rewrite of Shakespeare’s play in the light of the 20th century and its dark hours. Thus, Clyde Chabot’s constantly re-exposed work in motion acts as a palimpsest that multiplies Müller’s palimpsest text.” Marie Plantin, Pariscope, September 2017

“To say that this installation is interactive would be an understatement. Without total commitment on the part of visitors, it would remain a dead letter. But the risk is close to zero. The principle is so clear and stimulating that one does not hesitate for a moment to wander between bits of text scattered on the ground. All are taken from Heiner Müller’s Hamlet Machine. It is enough to choose one or more by which one expresses something of his feeling in front of himself. To be combined with a photo representing the real of the current world, to be inscribed with his body and the chosen quotations. We participate in the creation of a collective work (…) brilliantly inserted in a human, urban or fanciful landscape.Thomas Hahn, Micro Cassandre, February 2010