Based on the novel of the same name by Mohamed Mbougar Sarr

05.06.2023, 19:00 h TICKETS

06.06.2023, 18:30 h TICKETS


Followed by the Discussion VIOLENCE AND RESISTANCE, 05.06., 21:00 (Free Entry)


PRESALE / BOX OFFICE 24 / 13 € (reduced) / Early Bird Tickets until 30.4.: 18 / 10 € (reduced)


LANGUAGE French with German surtitles


DURATION: 1:45 h


In Kalep, a town in Sumal controlled by the brutal Islamist power, two youths are being executed for having a romantic relationship. Resistance fighters try to oppose this new world order by publishing an underground newspaper. The Senegalese writer Mohamed Mbougar Sarr (2021 Prix Goncourt prizewinner) describes how resistance is forming against this violent new world order and questions concepts such as courage and cowardice, heroism and fear, responsibility and truth. Through vibrant dialogues, strong narrative moments and the exchange of letters between the mothers of the two victims, a contemporary reflection on a situation of terror and jihadism in the Sahel zone emerges and negotiates internal and external resistance.

"For several years, our humanity has become the scene of unprecedented barbarism. An unprecedented violence, a sudden madness, an endless nightmare, a dense night that encloses the horizon of our mothers, our fathers, our sisters, our brothers and our children. (...) How did we come to this? And above all, what can we do? Terre ceinte is an attempt to talk about what is happening to us, to look ourselves in the face. " Aristide Tarnagda


BASED ON THE NOVEL Terre Ceinte by Mohamed Mbougar Sarr | ADAPTED AND DIRECTED BY Aristide Tarnagda | PARTICIPATING Safourata Kaboré and Vincent Kaboré DRAMATURGY Jessie Mill | STAGE DESIGN Yssouf Yaguibou | WITH Odile Sankara, Minata Diene, Serge Henry, Alain Hema, Rémi Yaméogo, Noël Minoungou and Ali K. Ouédraogo | MUSIC Sydyr | LIGHTING Mohamed Kaboré | COSTUMES Adjara Samandoulgou | PRODUCTION Théâtre Acclamations (Burkina Faso) | COPRODUCTION Le Théâtre de Namur, Le Grand T (Nantes), MC93 (Bobigny) | TOUR DISTRIBUTION La Charge du Rhinocéros


Aristide Tarnagda, born in 1983, is an actor, director and playwright. After studying sociology in Ouagadougou, he soon began working as an actor and director for the Théâtre de la Fraternité and founded the Compagnie Théâtre Acclamations in 2005. Since 2018 he has directed the Festival Les Récréâtrales in Ouagadougou. He anchors his own plays in the reality of Burkina Faso but transcends it with a suggestive power that allows him to be heard far beyond the borders of his country. He was a guest at africologne with Terre rouge (Red Earth) and Et si je les tuais tous, Madame (And if I killed them all, Madame), among others. In 2022 he stirred up spirits at the Récréâtrales Festival with his work Tu dis PDI with around 50 internally displaced persons who had fled the attacks of the jihadists in their own country (Burkina Faso). In 2023 he is patron of the africologneFESTIVAL.


Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, born in Dakar in 1990, grew up in Senegal and studied literature and philosophy in France. He has already published three novels, for which he was awarded the Prix Stéphane-Hessel and Grand prix du roman métis, among others. He was awarded the Prix Goncourt in 2021 for The Secretest Remembrance of Man (Hanser, 2022), his first work to be published in German.