About Us

The collective Les Oniristes has been founded in 2019 by French performance artist Élodie Brochier and her German-Luxembourgish colleagues Katharina Bihler, Sascha Ley and Stefan Scheib in order to develop a first performance about the artistic universe of the 20th century surrealists. 

Visual multi-lingual radio theatre in German and French (and English options)
A creation by the  collective Les Oniristes

Onirisée is a surrealistic and dreamlike performance, inspired by the works and experiences of surrealist female artists that is framed by phantasmagoric sound composition and texts combined with strong visuals. Multi lingual scenic and acoustic radio play blend with the live execution of paper animation based on collages from various works by around 30 surrealist women as well as video projections.
Through this performance the collective ‘Les Oniristes’ illuminates the female role in one of the strongest and still formative art movements of the modern age in a thoughtful, sensual and humorous way.  The collective's experienced performers-actors- vocalists-musicians deal with the themes and elements of surrealism, as well as in a creative as a formal way. Radio play, drama, collage, text, music, Dada, dream, trance, unconscious, absurd and fantastic themes, and ultimately the strength and perspective of the artists form the framework on which the performance Onirisée is built.

Inspired by Leonor Fini, Meret Oppenheim, Unica Zürn, Louise Bourgeois, Claude, Cahun, Hannah Höch, Rebecca Horn, Leonora Carrington, Dorothea Tanning, and other artists who helped to shape surrealism in a pioneering way.

April 23, 2022 | Pingusson Gebäude Saarbrücken (hosted by Kleines Theater Saarbrücken)
July 04, 2021 | 19h00 Freistil Festival | Völklinger Hütte | Völklingen
May 14, 2021 | 20h00 Opening Luxembourg | Mierscher Kulturhaus
May 01, 2021 | 20h30 Premiere | Pingusson Building Saarbrücken (hosted by Kleines Theater Saarbrücken)

Future performances are planned

Élodie Brochier (F) is an actress, puppeteer (design and construction of her own puppets), singer, author, director; graduated in philosophy (Poitiers), theater studies (Strasbourg) and art (ESNAM / Charleville-Mezières). She worked with Ariane Mnouchkine at the Théâtre du Soleil (1989/1993), with Armand Gatti at La Parole Errante (1994/1995). Since 2000 she has been carrying out her own projects in the fields of puppet theater, music, improvisation and intervention art in German and French. She also works with composers and musicians such as In.Zeit Ensemble, Wollie Kaiser, Georg Ruby, Christian Klinkenberg, Christof Thewes, and since 2010 with Quatre Marteaux (Dadaist improvisation music + performance), since 2012 with PUZZLE (imaginary folklore and songs). Guest in stage and music projects, including with Liquid Penguin Ensemble, Cronos V, Saarländisches Staatstheater, Korso-Op.Kollektiv. She is also often commissioned as a speaker and reciter for various author readings, radio plays, musicals or installations. Since 2018 she has been part of the radio creation collective Utopie Sonore.

Katharina Bihler (D), author / voice / performance, has been involved in experimental theater, music, performance and radio plays since 1990. Today she conceives, realizes and writes in particular for projects that play with the boundaries of artistic genres and often deal with scientific, historical or European topics. Her work focuses on the acoustic medium and the development of radio plays for radio. In 1997 she founded the Liquid Penguin Ensemble together with the composer and double bass player Stefan Scheib. She is also involved in other projects as a director or live actor, for example with texts, objects, audio pieces and voice in the interdisciplinary collective “my wife is a little sick” or currently as an actress in the French theater production “Après les ruines” by Pardes Rimonim (Metz).
Teaching assignments at the HTW Saar / School of Architecture (WS 2018/19) and at the Bauhaus University Weimar / Art and Design / Experimental Radio (SS 2019).

Sascha Ley is a vocalist, actress and poet with German and French roots. Vocally and compositionally, she has developed her personal style in free improvisation, storytelling and performance and likes to tread unconventional paths that blend jazz, impromptu composition, noise music, imaginary folklore, contemporary music and expanded vocal techniques.
She studied in Amsterdam, Bombay, Luxembourg and Saarbrücken and deepened her passion for cross-border music in masterclasses and workshops with Meredith Monk, Shelley Hirsch, Gabriele Hasler, Sainkho Namtschylak and in collaboration with Frank Köllges' Intermission Orchestra ’. In addition to stage and film work (“Hannah Arendt” by Margarethe von Trotta or “Cosmodrama” by Philippe Fernandez) she is increasingly devoting herself to writing and interdisciplinary performances (dance theater piece “Mi Frida”) and is currently touring with her vocal/double bass duo Sascha Ley & Laurent Payfert.

Stefan Scheib (D), composition / double bass / electronics, musician, has been involved in various ensembles with improvised and new music since 1993 - with InZeit Ensemble, autochthon, Feinkost Decker, in a duo with Elisabeth Flunger or Johannes Schmitz, string trio hors du cadre - and works as a composer and arranger for concert, stage and radio productions. In 1997 he founded the Liquid Penguin Ensemble together with Katharina Bihler. He is particularly involved in cross-disciplinary projects and receives composition commissions, among other by InZeit Ensemble, Quatuor Plus, Philharmonie Luxemburg, Opera mobile and Radio-Tatort. Lectureship at the Hochschule für Musik Saar for double bass, electric bass and handling electronic media, as well as teaching assignments at the HTW Saar / School of Architecture (WS 2018/19) and at the Bauhaus University Weimar / Art and Design / Experimental Radio ( SS 2019). Since 2014 he has curated the concert series for improvised music “Musik im Künstlerhaus” in Saarbrücken.

The production is supported by the City of Saarbrücken, the  Ministry of Culture Saarland and the Ministère de la Culture Luxembourg and represented by the association  Kaleidoskop.