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The Night of Hieroglyphs

Actor and director Benjamin Lazar, composer David Chaillou, choreographer Raphaëlle Delaunay and videographer Joseph Paris were inspired by the manuscripts of Champollion to evoke the life of the one who knew how to decipher the hieroglyphs.

  • A show by Benjamin Lazar
  • Performing arts · 2022 · Commissioned
  • With Benjamin Lazar
  • Stage direction: Benjamin Lazar
  • Musical composition: David Chaillou
  • Choreography: Raphaëlle Delaunay
  • Visual creation: Joseph Paris
  • Harp: Clara Izambert
  • Piano: Maroussia Gentet
  • Percussion: Morgan Mermoud & Pierre Tomassi
  • Light: Christophe Naillet
  • Costumes: Julia Brochier
  • Production: Compagnie Le Théâtre de l’Incrédule
  • With the support of:
  • Fondation Tissier-Grandpierre - Institut de France
  • Le Théâtre de l’Incrédule est conventionné par le Ministère de la Culture- DRAC de Normandie et reçoit régulièrement le soutien de la Région Normandie, de l'Odia, de la Spedidam et de l'Adami.
    Benjamin Lazar est artiste associé à la Maison de la Culture d'Amiens.

A totally original scenic, musical and visual work, La Nuit des hiéroglyphes will be premiered on September 27, 2022 at the Institut de France, at 8 p.m., 200 years to the day after its discovery. An exceptional anniversary requires an exceptional initiative. Two centuries after the deciphering of the hieroglyphs by Champollion, and on the very site of the event, the Institut de France is organizing the national commemoration of this bicentenary. On September 27, 1822, Jean-François Champollion revealed his fascinating discovery to the scholarly world, during a memorable academic session at the Institut de France. A few days earlier, after hard work in his house at 28, rue Mazarine, he had finally understood how to decipher the hieroglyphs inscribed on the “Rosetta Stone”.
The creation of La Nuit des hiéroglyphes, commissioned by the Institut de France, is part of the policy of France Mémoire, the mission of national commemorations, which renews the forms of memorial events by associating artists and authors of today. today. By mobilizing creation in the service of memory, the 21st century makes known to our contemporaries, thanks to the artistic language of our time, a genius of the 19th century and the civilization he revealed to the world. In the auditorium of the Institute inaugurated in 2019, the harp (with Clara Izambert), the piano (with Maroussia Gentet), the percussions (with Morgan Mermoud and Pierre Tomassi), according to an original composition by David Chaillou, will accompany the story written and performed by Benjamin Lazar, with dancer Raphaëlle Delaunay. The projections prepared by videographer Joseph Paris will show Champollion's manuscripts.