Teenage Lobotomy


We are provided with endless entertainment, fun in a loop and eye candy. Everything to make us happy, euphoric and blissful.

Two musicians, two electric guitars, two chairs, two amplifier stacks: “Teenage Lobotomy” uses music to explore two dualities. Firstly that of the theater goer, who holds music as a given element, slightly in the background, often illustrative, never on a par with the other theatrical elements. Secondly that of the spectator-consumer, permanently exposed to a wide range of commercial, political or social propaganda, who comes to the theater to take a little break in its comfortable and soothing obscurity.

Christian Garcia-Gaucher accepts this double challenge. He tries on one hand to put the music back at the centre of the performing arts, taking advantage of the enhanced attention theaters provide their audience to hopefully generate an instant of sonic consciousness. He also tries to make the audience face its daily dose of lobotomy, insidiously exploiting this moment of relative relaxation to smuggle residual brainwashing back onto the stage.

“Teenage Lobotomy” is Christian Garcia-Gaucher’s fourth solo project after the Velma era and could easily be described as contemporary opera: the traditional and fundamental forms of this artistic discipline remain at the core of the process while being revisited by a surge of “here and now”.


concept, composition and direction: Christian Garcia-Gaucher

with: Christian Garcia-Gaucher, Eduard Mont de Palol

costumes: Simone Hofmann

light design: Florian Bach

sound: Jérémie Conne

images: Keef Botchard

production: Stéphane Noël

Teenage Lobotomy is a production of BOOOM CIE, in co-production with Théâtre 2.21 in Lausanne, Théâtre de l’Usine in Geneva, Mousonturm in Frankfurt and Forum Freies Theater in Düsseldorf.

This project was supported by City of Lausanne, Loterie Romande, Migros Cultural Percentage and Swiss Society of Authors (SSA).

Thank you Harutyun Alpetyan, Esra A. Aysun, Régis Bagdassarian, Alexia Balandjian, Lene Bang Henningsen, Laura Berman, Brutus, Emilie Chavaillaz-Tendon, Natxo Checa, Chewy, Patricia Choi, Crotales, Nicolas Defawe, Jan Ramesh De Saram, Gergana Dimitrova, Viviana Druga, Katalin Erdődi, Favez, Sven Gareis, Katja Gera, Yann Gioria, Joost Heijthuijsen, Iva Horvat, Valérie Huguenin, Nicolas Ischi, Nelly Kazuk, Gundega Laivina, Neto Machado, Angelica Maran, Arantxa Martinez, Hiromi Maruoka, Cian O’Brian, Vincci Ong, Ece Pazarbaşı, Nini Palavandishvili, Sasha Perera, Barbara Poček, Nick Reilly, Inga Remeta, Rosqo, Hebba Sherif, Ilka Seifert, Hjörtur Smárason, Anders Smebye, Kiro Sopov, Joanna Szymajda, Maarten Van Cauwenberghe & Anthony Vouardoux.

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All pictures © Dorothée Thébert / Théâtre de l’Usine Genève


6 -> 7 June 2014 | Zürich (CH) | Festival Take That!

27 -> 29 June 2013 | Köln (DE) | Impulse Theater Biennale

22 -> 23 February 2013 | Frankfurt-am-Main (DE) | Mousonturm

13 December 2012 | Bern (CH) | Das Theater um die Muhsiiik @ Dampfzentrale

29 -> 30 November 2012 | Düsseldorf (DE) | Audiotopias @ Forum Freies Theater

13 -> 18 November 2012 | Lausanne (CH) | Théâtre 2.21

11 -> 14 October 2012 |Geneva (CH) | Théâtre de l’usine

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