1991 - The Dionysian women

Euripide / Alain Aloual Dumazel

First performed on October 9th, 1991- Jeumon, Saint Denis. Written by : Alain Aloual Dumazel and Emmanuelle Demoris based on Euripides’ « The Bacchae » Director : Alain Aloual Dumazel Stage design : Emmanuel Cambou Costumes : Térésa Small

"The tragedy of the Bacchae haunts my mixed-blood mind. The desire to create ’Les Dionysiennes’ with Vollard’s actors formed in my mind after seeing a performance of Torouze at the Grand Marché. Emmanuel Genvrin encouraged me, but the project didn’t come into being until the company was back under the sacred fig trees of Jeumon, after the detour to La Possession. A stone’s throw from Le Chaudron, in the still fiery minds of today’s Dionysians." [Aloual] We had met by chance in 1982 on the island of Rodrigues, and had promised each other that we’d work together one day, which happened ten years later with ’Dionysiennes’. Aloual, a member of the Lierre theatre in Paris remained attached to the Indian Ocean of his childhood (Mauritian born in Madagascar). He acted in Lepervenche (1992) Millenium (1992), and played the lead role in Quartier Français (2002). During a 2003 trip to Fort Dauphin (Madagascar), his birthplace, in preparation for the opera Maraina he guided Jean-Luc and myself. He has been present at many of our events, has organised training courses in Mauritius for us, and participated in the 1992 hunger strike.

The play

During a stormy night, five men and five women, followers of Dionysos, prepare the initiation ritual for a young man.

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what the press think

"The tone of the Dionysians is established right from the start, a delirious world of orgies and sacred rituals. Aromas of incense and burning wood perfume the air. Characters are busy organising a ceremony, perhaps a sacrifice. They’re clothed in orange material, knotted scarves and turbans that will be knotted and unknotted according to destiny’s knots. Mainly women, but some men too, dance and play rudimentary, rustic instruments. Everything is possible : shells, seeds, bamboo. Astonishing, unusual sounds, and the familiar harmonies of the little Malagasy accordion.»
Edith Halimi [Le Journal de l’île de La Réunion]

"Take a Greek tragedy over two thousand years old, give it a little bit of the Indian Ocean and you’ve got a fascinated public!… »
Alain Gili [Visu]

This play hits you full in the face»
RC. [Le Quotidien de La Réunion newspaper]

press articles

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Le Quotidien (R.C.) octobre 1991
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JIR (E.Halimi), octo 1991
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Visu (JB), octo 1991
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Temoignages (P.David) octo 1991


First performed on October 9th, 1991 at Jeumon. 22 performances, total audience 4300.


  • Agave : Marie-Claire Davy
  • Khtonios : Dominique Carrère
  • Tiresias : Arnaud Dormeuil
  • Illyrios : Pierre Lettelier
  • Ino : Nicole Leichnig
  • Jocasta : Délixia Perrine
  • Autonoe : Rachel Pothin
  • Cadmus : Pierre-Louis Rivière
  • Pentheus : Robin Frédéric
  • Dionysos :Ghyslaine Sagot
  • Ikteis: Térésa Small
  • Silenos : Jean-Luc Trulès



  • Philippe Clavié, Richemond Gilas, Pascal Trulès, Jean-Noël André.


  • Térésa Small, Scholastique Dormeuil.


  • Jean-Marc Florimond.
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