Lise is a 25-year-old medical secretary leading a quiet existence. Everything changes for her after a trip to the cinema: seeing Rocky III is truly an epiphany. Following the example of the former boxing champion who gets back in the ring for one last bout, Lise throws herself body and soul back into her medical studies. With Stallone, actress Clotilde Hesme and film director Fabien Gorgeart take on Emmanuèle Bernheim’s short story – published in Le Monde in 2001 – and introduce the bodybuilder to the stage, thus moving the story from cinema to theater.

Combining the poetics of combat, an ode to perseverance, and nostalgia for the pop counterculture of the 1980s, Stallone humorously raises the question of the influence an artwork can have in the construction of our destiny. In collaboration with sound designer and musician Pascal Sangla, Clotilde Hesme tells Lise’s story, showing how her existence brightens with the irrepressible life and energy bursting from the film’s hit song, “Eye of the Tiger.”

Show performed in French with English supertitles. Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes.

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Conception: Fabien Gorgeart, Clotilde Hesme and Pascal Sangla
Text: Stallone by Emmanuèle Bernheim © Editions Gallimard
Direction: Fabien Gorgeart
With Clotilde Hesme and Pascal Sangla
Sound Creation and Live Music: Pascal Sangla
Lighting Design: Thomas Veyssière
Assistant Director: Aurélie Barrin


Coproduction: Festival d’automne à Paris; Théâtre Sorano (Toulouse)
Support: ADAMI; GoGoGo films

Stallone was created and staged for the first time on October 2nd, 2019 at Théâtre Sorano in Toulouse.

The show is on tour with CENTQUATRE ON THE ROAD.

Fabien Gorgeart and Clotilde Hesme are associate artists at CENTQUATRE-PARIS.

Special thanks to Marie Collin, José-Manuel Gonçalvès, Serge Toubiana, Sébastien Bournac, Céline Gaudier, Cyril Gomez-Mathieu, Lucie Blain, Elisabeth Tanner, Gogogo Fims, Carine Ruszniewski, Louise Bansard, Coralie Diaz, Olivier Karila, Le collectif le Bouillon, Raphaël Pfeiffer, Eponine Momenceau, Elodie Martin, Thibaut Demoor, Antoni Banasiak, Damien Maestraggi, Isabelle Buffetaut, Estelle Marratche, Marc Wilhelm, Marco Cohen, Le collectif Groupe LAPS

Presented By

  • Lewis Center for the Arts