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"A breathtaking GERMINAL at the Familistère de Guise!"

The union :“A real ovation concluded the two-hour show! »
The New Aisne:“Germinal is huge! »
The Courier Picard:“Closed windows, so deserved! »
Woo TV:“A moving and engaging show! »
J’M l’Aisne:" Outstanding ! »
The Thierache:“Exceptional! »


Compagnie Nomades invites you to (re)discover a major work of French literature:



From the song of loneliness to the cry of revolt of a mother from Coron, Zola's work plunges us into the heart of workers' struggles in the mines of northern France.

A real hymn to the history and inhabitants of our region, and 120 years after the death of the author of "J'accuse", Germinal is naturally presented to you today in one of the emblematic places of social utopia: Le Familistery of Guise.

150 professional and amateur artists  – actors, musicians, choristers – to highlight the hope for the slow germination of a new world built on the ashes of the old.

So that yesterday's songs of loneliness become tomorrow's fields of hope. 

To make you experience this monumental work by Émile Zola in the land of Jean-Baptiste Godin!

Adaptation, staging and scenography:Jean-Bernard Philippot


The Maheude:Annabelle Hanesse (vocals)

Maheu:Xavier Guerlin

Bonnemort:Alain Duclos (barrel organ)

Lanyard:Emmanuel Bordier

Katherine:Lily Markov

Mr Gregory:Patrick Perignon

Mrs Hennebeau:Marie Remedy
Mr Hennebeau:Lionel Chenail

Negrel:Mickael Winum

The Servant (Honorine):Guillemette Beaury (accordion)

Cecile:Anna Lafon-Jouan (Piano, Guitar, Cello)

Souvarine:Thierry Jahn (Piano, Guitar)

Chaval: Alex Gangl
Madame Rasseneur:Marianne Devos (violin)
Mr Rasseneur:David Braun (accordion)
Maigrat:Bertrand Foly
Percussionist:Jean-Bernard Philippot

With l'Vocal Ensemble Septentrion choir Avesnois Thiérache La Flamengrieand his conductorPascal Devoudelle

the children's choir of Collège Camille Desmoulins de Guiseand his conductorDaniel Gosse
The Harmony Orchestra and the Music School of Guiseand its managersFabrice DuminyAndOlivier Ancelet


Lights:Max Aubert

Sound engineer :Lug Lebel

General manager :Baptist Fourier

Technician :Lucas Doremus

Decor/props:Benjamin Isabel

Suits:Camille Granger



Nomadic Company Administration:Julien Dubuc


Administration Familistery of Guise:

Director, Heritage Curator:Frederic Panni

Financial and administrative manager :Mary Blot
Head of Public and Communication:Maxime Dequecker
Communications Assistant:Charlotte Le Baron
Familistère Management Director:Amelie Godbert
Responsible for live performance:Geoffray Berriot



Germinal - Compagnie Nomades

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