Halory Goerger & Antoine Defoort


About the Performance

Straddling the playful and the profound, Germinal begins with a bare stage and a group of intrepid adventurers who set out on a mission of exploration. Their task: to imagine how they would remake the universe from the beginning. Throughout the show, their 8×10-metre world becomes increasingly complex as they construct and deconstruct the history of speech, technology, politics, art — nearly all forms of social structure. With an approach both giddily charming and deeply philosophical, Germinal is a truly inventive exploration of thought and social organization.

In French with English subtitles.

About Halory Goerger & Antoine Defoort

Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort are part of L’amicale de production, a French “project cooperative” that was founded in 2010. Taking broad aim at authorship and aesthetics, Goerger and Defoort move freely between visual art, music and interactive performance, combining their varied interests to create constantly shifting visions of theatre.

A message from the artistic director


Germinal – Pre-show Tea

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 – 7pm

Join us for a series of Pre-show Teas with our World Stage Scholars-in-Residence. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of Germinal.

Over the course of the last ten years, there has been much interest in projecting a bleak future for our world: just think of the popularity of a show like The Walking Dead, the Hunger Games trilogy, or Margaret Atwood’s Maddadam series. But what if instead of ending the world as we know it, we thought about starting over? Germinal asks a provocative question: If we had the opportunity to create the world from scratch, how would we do it? Join our Scholar-in-Residence Denise Cruz in a discussion of what art can teach us about imagining a world anew, and in thinking about beginnings rather than endings. When we build the new world, what is most important for us to include? Tweet your idea @WorldStageTO to start the discussion early.

Germinal – Talkshow

Thursday, January 21, 2016 – After the show

Following this evening’s performance, connect with the artists as they field your questions and discuss the work you’ve just seen. It’s the most direct behind-the-scenes access you can get. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.