Review / “Ulysse de Taourirt”: a Mediterranean odyssey that invites you to travel

Attention : If the shows, as we could see before Festival d’Avignon and Festival Off Avignon this year, are made by the same directors and / or the same companies, the distribution of some of them will probably have changed.

Bulles de Culture discovered at. 11. Avignon the musical piece Ulysses by Taourirt, written and directed by Abdelwaheb Sefsaf, with music by Aligator. A Kabyle odyssey sailing between France and Algeria, around the crossing fates of a father and his son. The opinion and theatrical review of the Bulles de Culture about this work was discovered at the Festival Off Avignon 2022.


Algeria, the 1930s, in the countryside, where life is hard, between typhus and drought, it will soon be exile; Saint-Étienne, working-class city, childhood in France between diversity and brotherhood. It is the two horizons that bring together the destinies of an exiled father and his son around questions of identity, family and opportunities.

Ulysses by Taourirtthe heroism of simplicity

“Ulysse de Taourirt” show © Ra2

Built around the man’s tutelary figure with a thousand tricks, Ulysses by Taourirt assumes from the first words a bias: to sing the tales of an ordinary hero, a limited traveler, a demigod of the workload he is capable of crushing, remarkable for the attention taken forever to learn.

Written in a poetic, neat, beautiful metaphorical language, the language forAbdelwaheb Sefsaf refine the echoes with Homer but also reminiscent of the beauty of certain texts by Camus (we are especially thinking about Return to Tipasa); it thus sublimates the narrative periods that gradually weave the story, articulating its episodes like so many songs.

The construction ofUlysses by Taourirt is simple: it alternates episodes centered on the father with episodes centered on the son, both interpreted by Abdelwaheb Sefsaf. We thus see the portrait of a brave man who, at a very young age, is confronted with difficulties and responsibilities, but who never gives up, will defy fate and trace a modest remarkable path.

Opposite him appears the moving figure of a son who grew up in the new modernization of the 1970s and 1980s, French by birth and way of life, but also Algerian by heart and conviction, he whose father financially supported FLN. With the character of the son and the father arise the thwarted identities of these immigrants from Algeria, for whom France has made itself an enemy and a place of opportunity. Scripture, however, remains modest about the years of war and conflict.

Ulysses by Taourirtan ode to the Orient

The singularity ofUlysses by Taourirt rests in the place the music is going to occupy; the narrative episodes are characterized by pieces of oriental music, with the presence of a small orchestra, Abdelwaheb Sefsaf be both vocal and hanging, Clement Faure on oud and guitar, Anthony Gatta on drums, and Malik Richeux on piano, violin and accordion.

The musicians present on stage with Abdelwaheb Sefsaf are subtly integrated into the staging and occupy a place that is at times discreet but always effective. The interpreted pieces are magnificent and clearly participate in the travel invitation that the work offers us.

Also note an elaborate staging with a perfectly studied central decorative element that in turn turns into a wall, a projection screen or a grocery store. Music, decor and history articulate amazingly well and really add substance to the odysseyUlysses by Taourirt.

Our opinion?

If you want to sail on the waves of the Mediterranean by riding on two individual destinies, excited by the turmoil of history and the changes of their century, while being lulled by lively, magnificent and enchanted music -e of a song and poetic language, Ulysses by Taourirt is made for you!

Learn more:

  • Ulysses by Taourirt by Cie Nomade in France at the Festival Off Avignon 2022 at. 11. Avignon, from 7 to 29 July at 16.25. No tuition July 12, 19, 26
  • 2022-2023 Tour: September 24, 2022 at Ricamarie Cultural Center (42); 8 and 9 November 2022 at the Théâtre de Villefranche (69); on April 1, 2023 at La Nacelle d’Aubergenville (78); on 14 April 2023 at Espace 93 in Clichy-sous-Bois (93); 3 and 4 May 2023 at the Aragon Cultural Center in Oyonnax (01); May 11, 2023 at the Bordeaux Saint-Genis-Pouilly Theater (01); May 23, 2023 at Corbières Cultural Space in Ferrals les Corbières (11)
  • Duration of the performance: 1h20
  • Show from 12 years
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