This research project proposes to use the tools of social geography inquiry and those of directing actors as a method to invent a theatrical writing of nostalgia.

    Nostalgia evokes a process of reactivating the past in the present time and place. To achieve this, Sarah Calcine and Florian Opillard call upon a trend of “ghosts geography” which defines the concept of "tomason", designating objects in the urban landscape that have lost their function and thus become anachronistic. They intend to observe, collect and question these anachronisms of the built environment in order to access the intertwined memories of the inhabitants.

    The aim is to implement processes that will allow them to develop the agility of the team members to become "ghost hunters" in the Saint Gervais district of Geneva. Interviews, testimonies, life stories, mental maps, letters, anecdotes will form the elements of a narrative juxtaposition that will allow, from a performative form, to highlight the spatiality of memories of past and present social groups that clash in the same place.

    Photo : Sarah Calcine


    Sarah Calcine , metteure en scène (diplômée Manufacture 2015)
    Florian Opillard, géographe

    Géraldine Chollet, chorégraphe (intervenante Manufacture)
    Claire De Ribaupierre, dramaturge (intervenante Manufacture)
    Bartek Sozanski, comédien, assistant d'enseignement et de recherche
    Lisa Veyrier, comédienne, assistante d'enseignement et de recherche
    Audrey Bersier, artiste sonore

    Sharing of Results


    CALCINE Sarah, OPILLARD Florian, « Dériver pour enquêter. Les tomasons et l'écriture théâtrale de la nostalgie », in Journal de la recherche n°3, janvier 2022, pp. 8-10.

    Présentations publiques

    Du 5 au 7 novembre 2021
    CALCINE Sarah, OPILLARD Florian, Performance au Théâtre Saint Gervais, Genève.

    Enrichissement de la carte sonore / archive vivante

    Atelier de transmission pour les étudiants du Master mise en scène de La Manufacture les 3, 4 et 5 avril 2023, puis du 17 au 21 avril 2023.