Théo Mercier

Gᴖᴗdworld Studio+Company

Affordable Solution for Better Living

Affordable Solution for Better Living

In collaboration with Steven Michel
Creation 2018
Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy

Available for tour

Silver Lion at the 2019 Venice Biennale of Dance

In Affordable Solution for Better Living, Théo Mercier and Steven Michel undertake a reflection on the question of the beautiful for all and the ideological object: furniture associated with the Swedish brand IKEA, but also with a social utopia full of contradictions. On the stage, the “alpha male” orchestrates his life in the form of instructions for use. At once study subject and researcher, he is the piece of furniture, the one who assembles it, and its user. This half-man, half-furniture centaur, sinks into an artificial well-being and indulges in practices that bring into play all the roles of his life: those imposed by family, society, industry, and the economy. Physical performance and domestic drama have never cohabited so well.

Image credits

Erwan Fichou

Théo Mercier

Gᴖᴗdworld Studio+Company



Conception, choreography, scenography
Théo Mercier & Steven Michel

Jonathan Drillet

Steven Michel

With the voices of
Fanny Santer (French) or Kathryn Marshall (English) and Jonathan Drillet (French / English)

Théo Mercier & Steven Michel

Sound creation
Pierre Desprats

Lighting creation
Éric Soyer

Concept of the costume
Théo Mercier & Steven Michel

Stage Manager
François Boulet

Production of the costume
Dorota Kleszcz

Nanterre-Amandiers, Centre Dramatique National
, apap – Performing Europe 2020 – avec le soutien du Programme Culture de l’Union Européenne, Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy
, en collaboration avec workspacebrussels / Life Long Burning, avec le soutien de Programme Culture de l’Union européenne

Special thanks

Actoral – Festival international des arts et des écritures contemporaines & Montévidéo, Créations Contemporaines – Atelier de Fabrique Artistique, La ménagerie de verre, CAMPO, Gand (Belgique), Jean-Paul Lespagnard

Tour dates

Israël Festival, Jerusalem, Israël
Théâtre National de Bretagne, Rennes, France
Théâtre de l’Arsenal, Val-de-Reuil, France Théâtre Garonne, Toulouse, France
Biennale di Venezia Danza, Venise, Italie
Maison de la Culture d’Amiens, Amiens, France
Festival Programme Commun, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Lausanne, Suisse
Centquatre, Paris, France
Roma Europa, Rome, Italie
De Brakke Grond & Frascati, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas
Moving in November Festival, Khiasma Theater, Helsinki, Finlande
Théâtre National de Bretagne, Rennes, France
The Invisible Dog Art Center, New York, États-Unis
Actoral-Festival international des arts & des écritures contemporaines, Usine C, Montréal, Canada
Actoral-Festival international des arts & des écritures contemporaines, Marseille, France
Festival Les Inaccoutumés, La Ménagerie de verre, Paris, France Nanterre-Amandiers, centre dramatique national, Nanterre, France
La Criée – Théâtre national de Marseille, Marseille, France
La Bâtie-Festival de Genève, Suisse
CAMPO, Gand, Belgique
Strombeek-Bever, Belgique
Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy, France (création)