Sandra Iché — Association Wagons libres et Travaux Publics

Sandra Iché 

Born in Paris in 1978, she practiced classical dance as a child.

She studied History and Political Sciences and got acquainted with the Arabic language. Between 1999 and 2003, she went to Beirut to trace the history of a Lebanese French-speaking magazine, L’Orient- Express, in Cairo where she worked for the French Cultural Centre, and in Palestine to launch, together with children from Hebron, a reflection on the state of bodies in threatened, occupied or deserted spaces (Montreuil Collective Tiens V’là Encore Autre Chose).

In 2004, after two years spent as part of the UNESCO Social Science department in Paris, she decided to give priority to her artistic practice and joined the 2nd cycle of P.A.R.T.S, a contemporary dance school in Brussels run by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. There, she discovered her taste for collaboration – Andros Zins-Browne, Eleanor Bauer – and that of putting together for herself texts and movements, which she did by creating two solos, Champ/Contrechamp and Tout va bien. In their own way, they both question subterranean processes of naturalising reality.

In July 2006, she joined the Company Maguy Marin/National Choreographic Centre (Rillieux-La-Pape) for the new tour of May B. She was involved in the new tour of Umwelt and in the creations of Turba and Description d’un combat. With the collective Cocos – Bojana Cvejic, Jefta van Dinhter, Mette Ingvartsen and Jan Ritsema – Breading, brains and beauty was created, a theatre production in keeping with film and radio. 

In June 2009, she published L’Orient-Express: Chronique d’un magazine libanais des années 1990, with Presses de l’Institut Français du Proche-Orient, Beirut, a work in which she refers to the main analyses from her Master's dissertation in History, extended with a reflection about political changes which prevailed in Lebanon between 2000 and 2009 (cf-1) .

Between 2010 and 2012, she dedicated herself to staging Wagons libres (creation February 2012, Parc de la Villette (cf-2) , Paris) inspired by a conversation protocol referred to as "future archives" (cf-3) : "we are in 2030, and we remember today". In a spatialized and deconstructed form of documentary – sound and visual archives, working notes, voice over, testimonies, framing and focusing –, Wagons libres calls into question the making of History, and how to turn it into a narrative.

Between 2012 and 2014, she co-directed Variations orientalistes (creation April 2014 Festival Spider, Les Subsistances, Lyon (cf-4) ) with four collaborators (Mary Chebbah, Renaud Golo, Pascale Schaer and Vincent Weber), who have never been to Lebanon in their "real" life. She offered them to go on stage to speak about their stay in Lebanon: a fictional criticism concept through which the making of our representations appear, as well as the fantasies specific the bodies of these four Europeans, resulting from the orientalist legacy and its contemporary renewals. 

In 2013, she won the "Hors les murs" programme by the Institut français with the project Vestiges et présages, a stage tool laboratory in collaboration with the Lebanese theatre collective Zoukak and the actress Virginie Colemyn. 

During the season 2014/2015, she was the dancer/performer of the creation Here, Then by Rémy Héritier and Marceline Delbecq (creation November 2015, Le Vivat-Armentières).

In February 2015, she co-directed, with Yvonne Debeaumarché, the film "Reims 2034", as commissioned by Stéphanie Aubin and Bénédick Picot, respectively manager and deputy manager of the Manège de Reims, in order to question the future of Reims, as a symptomatic town of the good and bad fortune of the History of France, both past and present.

In December 2015, in collaboration with Nesrine Khodr, Lorde Selys and Pascale Schaer, she directed Ellipses, conversation avec Omar Amiralay, a video-installation weaving together the futuristic interview of the Syrian filmmaker and some clips from his films, thus shedding light on his narratives and filmmaking strategies for the reading of History (co-produced by the Beirut Art Center).

 In 2016, Sandra Iché was selected among the alumni of P.A.R.T.S to get in the support of the European project network [DNA]. 

She regularly runs workshops which combine research and artistic tools (writing, acting, choreography), as part of the syllabus of the Master's degree in New performative practices de DOCH (Stockholm School of Dance and Circus) and the Université d’été Euro-Méditerranéenne organized by the Université Libre de Belgique (Belgium).

She lives between Beirut, where she co-founded Mansion, a collective house hosting artists, researchers (cf-5), and activists , and Lyon, where she is the founding member of LIEUES, an experimental space for research and artistic creation (cf-6), and rodéo, a multidisciplinary magazine, a platform to share academic and artistic practices (cf-7).

Sandra Iché is the recipient of Nouveau Talent Choreography New Talent award 2016 by SACD (French Authors Society).



2- (trailer Wagons libres)


4- (trailer Variations orientalistes)







 Parallèle supports Sandra Iché in production and distribution of Droite-Gauche (2018).


Sandra Iché — Association Wagons libres et Travaux Publics


Sandra Iché — Association Wagons libres et Travaux Publics

documentary theatre
There is no date in the future for this show.
17 Jun - 27 Jun 2021
Maison des Métallos
21 Feb - 29 Feb 2020
15 Oct - 17 Oct 2018 — 18H30
La Villette — espace WIP
03 Feb 2018 — 19H
Théâtre Joliette
02 Feb 2018 — 19H
Théâtre Joliette
04 May - 05 May 2017 — 19H
Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil
27 Jan 2017 — 19H
Théâtre La Cité — Marseille

Un projet initié par Sandra Iché | Interprété par Virginie Colemyn, Renaud Golo, Sandra Iché, Lénaïg Le Touze | Réalisé par Virginie Colemyn, Sylvie Garot, Marjorie Glas, Renaud Golo, Sandra Iché, Eric Lecoin, Lénaïg Le Touze, Frédéric Pouillaude, Candice Raymond, Margaux Vendassi | Partagé au cours d’ateliers radiophoniques avec Louardi, Fatima, Jal el Din, Appa Suleiman, Zalatha, Chenda, Aziza, Leïla, Yamina, M’foya, Mohammed, Haddad, Turki | Administration pour l'association Wagons libres Aurélien Tracol | Production - Diffusion Parallèle - Plateforme pour la jeune création internationale

Length 1h50

As a way for Sandra Iché to work on history with the tools of the fable (what happened, what could have happened, what might happen) and the stage (rhythm, space, body), Droite-Gauche is both the exhibition of a research and its choreographic and theatrical putting into play. This project combines the work methods of many collaborators. A philosopher, a dancer, a historian, an actor and even a sociologist question together our positioning mechanisms in the world and within power relations. A reconstruction of individual and family trajectories in 19th and 20th century France and Algeria, conversations with men claiming they are «right-wing», translation games with people currently learning French are some of the ways through which Droite-Gauche examines the physical and political orientation of a body in the spaces it walks across. 


Production Association Wagons libres | Coproductions La Villette — Paris, Pôle Arts de la Scène — Friche la Belle de Mai—Marseille, Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil, Réseau projet européen [DNA], PACT Zollverein—Essen (Allemagne), Théâtre Joliette — Marseille, Théâtre La Passerelle — scène nationale des Alpes du Sud — Gap | Soutiens DRAC Rhône-Alpes, Fonds TransFabrik—fonds franco-allemand pour le spectacle vivant, Regards et Mouvements—Superstrat | Aide à la résidence Fondation Camargo—Cassis | Partenariat scientifique Ce travail est réalisé dans le cadre du laboratoire d’excellence LabexMed —Les sciences humaines et sociales au cœur de l’interdisciplinarité pour la Méditerranée portant la référence 10-LABX-0090. Ce travail bénéficie d’une aide de l’État gérée par l’Agence Nationale de la recherche au titre du projet Investissements d’AVENIR A*MIDEX portant la référence : n°ANR-11-IDEX-0001-02. | Remerciements Jérôme Carrus, Pierre Carrus, Christophe Charpentier, Pierre Cosar, Jean-Pierre Détrie, Nelly Flecher et Radio Grenouille, Alain Frappaz, Didier Guignard, Jean-François Iché, Laurence Iché-Brun, le film Pater d’Alain Cavalier, Benjamin Stora, David Vainsot, la Friche la Belle de Mai, LA ZOUZE—Cie Christophe Haleb, Association Mot à Mot, Compagnie L’Art de Vivre | Administration Aurélien Tracol pour l’Association Wagons libres | Production / Diffusion Parallèle— Plateforme pour la jeune création internationale 



Variations orientalistes

Sandra Iché — Association Wagons libres et Travaux Publics

By and featuring Mary Chebbah, Renaud Golo, Sandra Iché, Pascale Schaer and Vincent Weber

Lights Sylvie Garot and Rima Ben-Brahim Costumes Elise Garraud 
Répétiteurs danse et musique Souraya Baghdadi and Hassan Bengharbia 
Creation April 2014 dans le cadre du Festival Spider (collectif Loge 22) aux Subsistances - Lyon 

Theater — Dance
There is no date in the future for this show.
05 Feb 2016 — 20H30
La Garance Scène nationale de Cavaillon - festival parallèle —6 — Cavaillon
26 Jan 2016
Théâtre de l'Échangeur — Bagnolet
14 Feb 2014
Parc de la Villette, Halle aux Cuirs — Paris

For these Variations orientalistes, a series of stage interventions conceived as a review, Sandra Iché suggested to four collaborators, Mary Chebbah, Renaud Golo, Pascale Schaer and Vincent Weber, to go on stage and say: "I went to Lebanon and in Lebanon, I saw this and that", whereas they have never actually been there. A critical fictional framework whereby fantasies specific to the bodies of these four Europeans appear, made up of the orientalist legacy and its contemporary renewals. Through these potential Lebanons – made up of stories, images, sounds, dances -, we examine how our representations of otherness, stories and territories are manufactured, depending on whether we choose to stop them or experience their movement.

Production Wagons libres Association
Coproductions Parc de la Villette - Paris ; Tanzquartier de Vienne (Autriche) ; Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté - Belfort ; Association Regards et Mouvement - Hostellerie de Pontempeyrat
Supporting by DRAC Rhône-Alpes dans le cadre de l’aide au projet

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Wagons libres

Sandra Iché — Association Wagons libres et Travaux Publics

(pdf - 368 KB)

By and featuring Sandra Iché

Realised by Gael Chapuis, Mary Chebbah, Ali Cherri, Virginie Colemyn, Sylvie Garot, Renaud Golo, Sandra Iché, Lenaïg Le Touze, Carol Mansour, Pascale Schaer, Vincent Weber
Interviews Hanane Abboud, Omar Amiralay, Ahmad Beydoun, Melhem Chaoul, Claude Eddé, Antony Karam, Charif Majdalani, Ziad Majed, Alexandre Medawar, Jade Tabet, Fawwaz Traboulsi
Creation febuary 2012 in Parc de la Villette - Paris

Theater — Dance
There is no date in the future for this show.
14 May 2016 — 21H
Théâtre Les Subsitances — Lyon
28 Jan 2016 — 19H
Théâtre Joliette-Minoterie - festival Parallèle —6 — Marseille
23 Jan - 24 Jan 2016
Théâtre de l'Échangeur — Bagnolet
28 May 2015
Lieu Unique — Nantes
19 Mar - 20 Mar 2015
Villa Stuck — Munich
18 Feb 2015
Manège de Reims — Reims
22 Feb 2014
PACT Zolleverein — Essen
22 Jul - 24 Jul 2013
Festival d'Avignon — Avignon
08 Jun - 09 Jun 2013
HAU — Berlin
21 Mar - 22 Mar 2013
Ashkal Alwan — Beyrouth
12 Dec 2012
Halles de Schaerbeek — Bruxelles
26 Oct - 27 Oct 2012
Tanzquartier — Vienne
05 Oct 2012
Centre Chorégraphique de Belfort — Belfort
02 Oct 2012
Forum St-Georges — Delémont
11 Sep - 13 Sep 2012
Maison des Métallos — Paris
07 Jul 2012
LIEUES dans le cadre du Festival Parties communes — Lyon
26 Mar 2012
Université Paris VIII dans le cadre de le Semaine des Arts — Paris
21 Feb - 22 Feb 2012
Parc de la Villette — Paris

In 2000, Sandra Iché wrote a story of the Orient-Express, a Beirut French-speaking magazine from the 1990s, created and run by historian and journalist Samir Kassir. Ten years later, she leads a new series of interviews with the former collaborators from the Orient-Express, as per a protocol designed for words not to be redundant with reality but to allow for fiction: the interview takes place in 2030, and from then, we remember today. Through this both retrospective and anticipatory approach, memories become a tool de reenact the present. In a spacialised and deconstructed form of the documentary approach (mixing sound and visual archives, working notes, voice-over and testimonies), Wagons libres makes the most of the theatrical space pour tie reality to fiction and question the fictionalisation of History.

Production Association Wagons libres
Coproductions Festival Temps d’image - Les Halles de Schaerbeek (Belgique) ;
Pact Zollverein (Allemagne) ; Parc de la Villette - Paris ; Les Subsistances - Lyon
Support from DRAC Rhône-Alpes dans le cadre de l’aide au projet