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Rebellion of the minuscule

Flore Bailly

 Le spectacle La rébellion du minuscule est produit sans subvention publique. Le Théâtre du Renard a lancé une campagne de sociofinancement pour permettre de bien rémunérer les artistes du spectacle.


PREMIERE : Jan 18-27, 2024 - Théâtre Aux Écuries (Montreal)

We are 99% emptiness.
And of the remaining 1%, little is known.
But we shall try to explain it to you anyway!


At the crossroads of the museum and the laboratory, this show invites the audience to a journey towards the infinitely small, with humor and visual poetry!

Quantum physics is complex, paradoxical, sometimes frustrating in its incomprehensibility. But it is also the heart, often strange or disturbing, yet essential, of our world.

Rebellion of the minuscule is a voyage into the depths of the atoms that make up everything that surrounds us. Where the simple fact of observing a particle changes its behavior in an unpredictable way.
An object theater show where artworks are built live. Where the images' low tech magic magnifies the sense of vertigo, as we move between the known and the unknown, certainty and the void, light and matter.

But the quantum world proves impossible to frame. Each new question reshapes our borders. And suddenly, the world slips through our fingers...



Text and interpretation Antonia Leney-Granger

Director Évelyne Laniel

Interpretation Karine St-Arnaud

Dramaturgy and scenic conception collaboration Karine St-Arnaud, Mélanie Whissell

Set design Véronique Poirier

Lighting design and stage management Mélanie Whissell 

Sound design Nicolas Letartre-Bersianik

Scientific counsel Stéphanie Jolicoeur


Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

Théâtre Aux Écuries

Théâtre de la Pire Espèce

Maison de la culture de Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie

Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges

Maison de la culture Janine-Sutto

Institut quantique (Quantum Institute, University of Sherbrooke)

I want to transmit my vision of the beauty of the world. An awareness that the phenomena we see are the result of the complexity of the internal mechanisms between atoms: it is a sublime and wonderful feeling.

Richard Feynman, Nobel laureate in Physics1965

Research themes


Light or matter?

Work on the projection of images, shadows and objects by low tech means to blur the distinction between light and matter

Grasping the invisible


Making the infinitely small visible and materializing complex concepts through the evocative power of object theater

Abstract art and quantum physics

How these two fields of practice explore alternative and polysemic visions of the world where several interpretations coexist

History of project


  • Residency - Théâtre Aux Écuries

  • Premiere - Théâtre Aux Écuries


  • Residency - Théâtre Aux Écuries and Théâtre de la Pire Espèce

  • Residency -  Maison de la Culture Janine-Sutto

  • Residency - Maison internationale des arts de la marionnette


  • Residency - Théâtre Aux Écuries and Théâtre de la Pire Espèce


  • Accueil-éclair - Théâtre Aux Écuries and Théâtre de la Pire Espèce

  • Residency - Maison de la Culture Rosemont

  • Residency - Maison de la Culture Côte-des-Neiges

  • Work-in-progress presentation - Rencontre Théâtre Ados



  • Second phase of research

  • Artistic mentorship - Théâtre Aux Écuries et Théâtre de la Pire Espèce (Olivier Ducas)

  • Lab presentation of work-in-progress - Festival Phénomena

  • Labos du Renard -transdisciplinary outreach project with Maison de la Culture Côte-des-Neiges

  • Création dans l'oeuf - Festival Casteliers 2020


  • First phase of research

  • Artistic mentorship - Théâtre Aux Écuries et Théâtre de la Pire Espèce (Francis Monty)

  • Residency - Maison de la Culture Côte-des-Neiges


  • Creation of two short forms around quantum physics

  • Street performances in Quebec and France - Festival Ouf! Off Casteliers, Festival Marionnettes Plein la Rue, Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes (Charleville-Mézières, France)

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