Fri 2 June 2018 at 4 pm - Halle

The Veldt

With this sound-in-darkness interpretation of a Ray Bradbury play Virginie Yassef offers a physical experience of the savagery of an "unselfaware" audience.

Sticking to her obsessions – indomitability, imagining the future, magical thinking – Virginie Yassef offers a soundin- darkness experience of Ray Bradbury’s little known play The Veldt (1972) and its stinging critique of technical and scientific progress. The children of a family living in a futuristic, fully automated house are given a nursery – initially designed for psychological research – which materialises their wishes. The children opt for the veldt and the lions that live there.


In Yassef’s adaptation sound becomes a character, an actor and a trigger for sensations; using a spectacular sound spatialisation system, the artist makes us feel physically the savagery of parent/child power struggles, and of the «unselfaware» public described by the American writer.

The Veldt, 2017-2018

show, 40 mins

after Ray Bradbury


sound score: Charles Édouard de Surville


coproduction : Ferme du Buisson / Nanterre-Amandiers / La Criée - centre d'art contemporain

Virginie Yassef’s La Savane will be presented at the Nanterre Amandiers Theatre in November 2018.

With the backing of the Hermès Foundation as part of its New Settings program.


Virginie Yassef

Born in Grasse in 1970. Lives and works in Paris. She is represented by Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois Galerie – Paris.


Since the 1990s Virginie Yassef has been exploring media including video, painting, photography and sculpture. Flushing out our buried emotions and our capacity for wonder with a witty inventiveness all her own, she creates worlds in which everyday acts take on a fantastic dimension as registers, references, historical strata and levels of interpretation all overlap. From one scenario to another the forms she devises reappear and mutate in line with her narrative variations. She constructs hypotheses just as she constructs buildings, in a constant oscillation between the mental and the physical – a game without rules that helps define a potential space for experiment somewhere between the surface of reality and fantastical projection.

infos pratiques

Festival Pass

Full price: 10€
Reduced price: 8€



book in advance on 01 64 62 77 77

1:15pm Paris-Opéra Bastille > Ferme du Buisson

12:30am Ferme du Buisson > Paris-Opéra Bastille

(with a surprise contribution from OKAY CONFIANCE)