Postponed in 2021
CoOP – Maison des Métallos, Paris

Idea by Michel Schweizer and la coma

Invited artists Ludovic Alussi, Alain Badiou, Grégoire Beil, Aurélien Collewet, Dalila Khatir, Sébastien Lifshitz, Pascal Quéneau



Concept, direction, scenography Michel Schweizer

Teenagers talk to us about their lives, about the world and about us, adults, with terribly accurate words that cut or move. And by doing so, without cheating, they defy us: to finally learn to walk side by side in order to think about a common future.

There, face to face, they tell us: “I think you are afraid that we might think you are weak”, “You lack a lot of freedom, even if I am young, I watch you live”, “If you don’t listen to us, tell us. Don’t bother pretending.” The key words for the preteen fly like scuds. They have the stage and intend to etch their thoughts on it, their relation to rules and mainly how they see us. No need to resort to tricks to understand what is at stake. The bare stage that they invaded testifies of their joys, their sorrows, their sharp thoughts. It is a unique moment, extremely invigorating. Real and moving as life is.

Meeting with philosopher Alain Badiou author of « La vraie vie » (Real Life), to be young and free in order to change the world…

A conversation with
Alain Badiou, Zakary Bairi, teenage actor of Cheptel (Herd) and Pascal Quéneau
, adult performer for la Coma.

Why does youth need to be corrupted? Because the world has to change and because it is more than ever about youth exerting their right to freedom. How? Thanks to philosophy…

“Today, because it can, youth is no longer bound by tradition. But what to do with the freedom, with the new wandering?” They must change the world and to do so they have to take risks, to stray away from the marked path to explore new ways answers Alain Badiou in La vrai vie, a call to youngsters to find the courage to be free, to change themselves in order to change life. Through Socrates, Badiou thinks that as a philosopher, his task is to “corrupt youth”, that is to show it the faces of real life.

de Sébastien Lifshitz

Screening with the director

The story of two teenage girls from 13 to 18 years-old, portrait of a generation born in today’s France.

The documentary tells today’s France through the eyes of two completely different, but inseparable teenage girls filmed for 5 years, between 13 and 18 years old.

Emma and Anaïs come from Brive la Gaillarde. They are 13 at the beginning of the film that follows them to their age of majority. Like all teenagers they are in between childhood and adulthood, have lots of dream, they experience first times that confuse them and anxiety about the future. They are inseparable but opposite in terms of characters, environments and social determinisms that come with them. The light-hearted and political document, shows the portrait of today’s France. The film directed by Sébastien Lifshitz, received the Prize of the Critics of Locarno Festival. The director also received the César award for best documentary for Les Invisibles in 2012.


Crisis, rebellions, complexes, the cliches on teenager are enduring. So, to put an end to the commonplace ideas, we listen to them, we are blown away and we change postures.

We are told about the future by a perceptive young teenager. We are tempted by products by Shople+ to avoid stress of conflicts with teenagers.

We harden ourselves in front of the rage of young rockers disciple of Damien Saez, we learn about deconstructed poses – we no longer say slouching on the sofa – of our favorite teenagers thanks to choreographic instants by Aurélien Collewet and we end up throwing labels away and dancing with the dj set of Zara Hadi. Awesome!



Concept Michel Schweizer
Performances by a
group of young people (14-18 ans)


Concept Michel Schweizer
Performance by a group of 15 to 20 children from 10 to 13 years old


Concept Michel Schweizer et Dalila Kathir
Teenage choir


Photography studio imagined by Ludovic Alussi

LA VIE A 127°

Choreographic instants by Aurélien Collewet

Video installation by Grégoire Beil