Human and Territorial Explorations
La Compagnie des Lumas traces a project which is both artistic and citizen oriented in direct contact with real subjects in society.
With a desire to question the porosity between fiction and reality, the Lumas explore radical situations, excluded figures, often at odds with social consensus that the forbidden word liberates.
Mobilized by a local theatre, La Compagnie try to bring about a unique relationship with the audience/spectators, integrating them in their spaces of creation, alternating meetings, public rehearsals, research laboratories, workshops, interviews, studies and shared creations.
Their time for experimentation, rehearsal and play take place in theatres as well as outside the walls: prisons, psychiatric hospitals, cinemas, flats, factories, hotels...
Angélique Clairand acts and at times directs shows in the Lumas Company. Born into a family of farmers, in her creations she questions her link to the language and her origins. At the drama school of Saint Etienne, she met Eric Massé with whom she created the Lumas Company and acts in the majority of his shows.
She directed with him the last show of the students of the National Drama School of Saint Etienne.
From that time, she directs her work in 2 directions: She creates some solo performances la bête à deux dos ou le coaching amoureux by Yannick Jaulin, le pansage de la langue (show in the Vendeen dialect) of which she is the author and more recently Tupp’ ou la coupeuse de feu by Nasser Djémaï, and she places concerts with narration: Natalie Dessay & Didier Sandre.
As an actress, she has been a member the Comédie de Valence artistic collective where she has worked under the direction of Richard Brunel. She has also acted with Gilles Pastor, Karelle Prugnaud, Jean-Claude Berutti, Stanislas Nordey, Fréderic Fisbach, Julika Mayer, Renaud Herbin, Robert Cantarella, Annie Lucas, Alain Sabaud and Georges Bécot.
After training as an actor at the CNR de Bordeaux and the École de la Comédie de Saint-Étienne (under directors such as Robert Cantarella, Adel Hakim, Ludovic Lagarde....) he has performed in atypical productions mixing different art forms directed by Agnès Coisnay, Dusan Jovanovic, Hervé Dartiguelongue, Sophie Le Garroy, Eva Doumbia, D' de Kabal, Nathalie Veuillet, Bouffons de Luxe collective and the Comédie de Valence artistic collective. He has taken part cinematographic projects such as Goya: pintar hasta perder la cabeza by Emilio Casanova.
In parallel to this he began director's training at the Unité Nomade at the CNSAD de Paris (including traineeships at the TNS, the Festival d'Art Lyrique d'Aix en Provence, and with Jean-Pierre Vincent, Kristian Lupa...) and embarked on a career as theatre director with his company: Les Lumas, created with Angélique Clairand.
In his productions he tries to bring about a unique relationship with the audience, integrating them into the playing space (theatres, flats, factories, prisons, psychiatric hospitals, cinemas...).
As a recipient of the Cultures France de la Villa Medicis Hors les Murs award, Éric Massé travelled to Taïwan during 2010 for a two month-long residency at Treasure Hill Artist Village in Taipei, to carry out research on « absent presences » – ghosts, apparitions, and phantoms.
Since few years Éric Massé is a member of the Comédie de Valence artistic collective – Centre dramatique national Drôme-Ardèche – and to the Scène Nationale 61. From 2016 to 2018 he will also be associated to Théâtre de la Renaissance (Oullins - Lyon).
PERFORMANCE : CREATION & TOUR