Haitian ritual arts project – “Vodou Lakay” –




In October 2019, the Site de pratiques théâtrales, together with Epi d’Or arts, the Grotowski institute and the Paris 8 university, was welcoming a team of members of 2 voodoo communities of Haïti (Lakous of Legphibao and Madame Nerval, in Cap-Haïtien and Jacmel).

The team was composed of 6 people (2 priestresses/Mambo, 2 lead singers/algenikon, and 2 drummers).

The residency was an opportunity to requestion the already performed “artistic action”, tuning it with the place, local environment, forest, local community… in a durational ritual performance of around 4 hours.

Aside of it, a meeting had happen in Guéret with african immigrants, culminating with a beautifull encounter and intense celebration.

A workshop, led in Sardent /espace Claude Chabrol, allowed some participants to experiment the unisson ritual singing, dancing, and the thread of a ceremony.


This project, questioning the frontier between art and ritual, re-drawing – through Caraibes – a theatre of the origins, was launched and developed since 2016 by Fabrice Nicot, in collaboration with Sergei Kovalevitch and Jean-François Favreau.

Read more on the October 2019 residency


This project was made possible thanks to the “DRAC Nouvelle Aquitaine”logo DRAC nvelle A