1Oth edition from February 20th to 25th 2018
Greli Grelo is the opportunity for everyone from the age of kindergarten to live his or her first show experience with the whole family. The place of the public is an essential concern of this festival imagined by Velo Theatre: short lenght, reduced audience, participative experiences … With an average of 35 performances and a dozen invited companies, the biennale Greli Grelo brings together almost 3 000 spectators at each of its editions. Tickets are very cheap, so everyone can participate. The presented works, coming from all over the world, talk to the youngest as well as adults. Greli Grelo has become in a decade an unmissable event in Apt and its area and it is a festival recognized on a larger scale by professionals.
Greli Grelo, how many stones do I have in my shoe? … ten?
I was 10 when my father played this game with me…
He put a few coins in his closed hand, and shook them.
The coins rattled in his palm and I had to guess how many he had. Ten?
It was for my 10th birthday that I received a beautiful red bike.
10 years old, we had to celebrate it!
In 2018 we celebrated the 10th anniversary of Greli Grelo, and at the same time we have also celebrated the first edition of the “Biennale” of Object Theater in Apt.
Object Theater is the artistic singularity of the Vélo théâtre.
It is the crossroads of many artistic fields, as we can seen again in the variety of shows that we have invited in 2018.
Object Theater can take the form of a plastic installation such as “A” (compagnie Skappa), or “Le voyage immobile de Pénélope” (La main d’oeuvres), or “Tremblez, machines !”, “Animal épique” (Les ateliers du spectacle).
It becomes a tale in “Le chant des baleines” (Histoire de), or in “Y’a un lapin dans la lune” (Vélo Théâtre), as well as in “Le bulldozer et l’Olivier” (collectif le 7 au soir).
It is theater of images in “Night Light” (Teater Refleksion), and in “Respire Picardie Forever” (Tac Tac).
It structures artistic paths as in “Entrelacs” (Anima Théâtre).
It is a way of expression which draws the attention of the spectator to the object evidently, on the actor, also on their particular relationship. By reading these signs the spectator becomes an acomplice of a writing process and in a way touches the poetic intuition of the creator.
This pleasure has been widely expressed by the public during this new edition. This encourages us on the one hand to be more demanding with the program of our future Biennales, and on the other hand to open more widely the festival to productions from abroad. We will be able to encourage the presence of professional organisers, who will contribute to a greater recognition of our event both on public and professional levels.
Charlot Lemoine, artistic director