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Sébastien Kheroufi

Guest at Moviment


Sébastien Kheroufi grew up between the working-class districts of Hauts-de-Seine and the Emmaus shelters in Paris. Following a diploma in mechanics and numerous encounters, he joined ESAD, the school for the dramatic arts in Paris.


After his training, he landed parts in Peer Gynt, directed by Anne-Laure Liégeois at the Théâtre du Peuple in Bussang, and in plays directed by Louisa Chas and Marie Mahé.
In 2022, he was among the winners of the Ateliers Médicis and took part in the 6th edition of ‘’Création en Cours’, as well as in the 3rd edition of the TRANSAT festival. He also assisted Anne-Laure Liégeois with the inaugural weekend of the BNF-Richelieu site.
Since the start of 2023, Sébastien Kheroufi has been working with the National Theatre of La Colline and a special French language-learning class (UP2A) in the Seine-Saint-Denis department for allophones and newly-arrived students in France. He will present his first stage direction, Antigone, in June 2023, at the Théâtre du Soleil, as part of the Départ d’Incendies festival.
His next creation, Über die Dörfer by Peter Handke, will be produced with the Val-de-Marne National Theatre Centre and Ivry District Theatre.


For "That which is already there", Sébastien Kheroufi presents the performance Outrage au public

In the program

Ateliers Médicis
"That which is already there"


To celebrate Moviment, "That which is already there" presents a host of – mostly original – screenings, conversations and performances, which, together, sum up the Ateliers Médicis project and its commitment to artistic creation based on experience and relationships.


There is the installation of works by Camille Juthier and Luise Schröder, exhibits on a wall like the start of a collection of images, and a set with Étincelle, an interactive media project devised by the young people of Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil.
Each day features films, performances and talks on the chosen subjects: "Communities: chosen or endured" from both sides of the Atlantic, "Proud displays" that applaud artistic creation, and the right of artists, architects and our imaginations to "Step up".
For this year’s Nuit Blanche (All-Nighter), the artist Aristide Barraud takes over the piazza in front of the Centre Pompidou to pay homage to meanderings that are as much sociological as poetic by asking  a question, written on the pavement in large letters: "But who would I be had I grown up somewhere else?"

Communities: chosen or endured

as part of "That which is already there"


Ateliers Médicis sets up a place for dialogue, experimentation, innovation and sharing beyond the usual social and political categories. 
Artists returning from residencies share their stories and perspectives, in the form of conversations or from the stage, through words or performance.


Les Ateliers Médicis construisent un lieu où dialoguer, expérimenter, innover et partager au-delà des catégories sociales et politiques habituelles.   

De retour de résidences, les artistes partagent leurs récits et points de vues, autour de conversations ou sur scène, à travers la parole ou la performance.


Doctoral researcher Chayma Drira gathers numerous people together and sets up a transatlantic correspondence between Clichy-sous-Bois and Chicago, thus instigating an alternative and independent form of diplomacy via the dynamic forces of working-class neighbourhoods. Dancer Michel "Meech" Onomo reinterprets a performance by Faheem Majeed developed at Chicago’s South Side Community Art Center. Actor and theatre director Sébastien Kheroufi shares with Pierre Bourdieu and Peter Handke a compelling need to rid us of our inhibitions, to start with our fantasies in order to destroy them.


Friday, 2 June 2023

To be found in Moviment, chapter 5:

Here and elsewhere

 Wed 31 May – Sun 4 June 2023