Cartography 6

About Cod

And about the very interesting questions it provokes for the understanding of a whole lot of things in today’s world.


2017 Creation

Cod is a fish - or rather a family of fish, because there are many different species of cod – that lives in the cold waters of the northern hemisphere, and whose flat tail inspired the design of an elegant tailcoat, known in French as “queue-de-morue” (“cod-tail”), not to be confused with the other tailcoat named “queue-de pie”, after the magpie’s tail, which is quite different since the Magpie is a split-tailed bird, which can’t be said about cod – by the way it would be interesting, concerning the Magpie, to find out why this specie is often considered as a pest while it fulfils important functions in our ecosystem – and the fact that humans consider it as talkative and thieving doesn’t help, but that’s a different issue, and I’ll come back to it later – because what’s interesting here is the cod, first because as an endangered specie it provokes questioning, but above all because of the cod moratorium, and even more so because of the war it triggered – the famous “cod war” about which there is a lot to say – a war which plunged the Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon archipelago into a deep crisis – economically as well as geopolitically -  for behind all this there is of course the famous “French baguette”, that is to say the issue – not of the baguette, we’re not talking about bread here, neither in the dietary sense nor from the baker’s point of view – but of the very spatial morphology – in this case it means the shape of a territory – a marine territory as it happens to be – in consequence of the new rules laid down in Montego Bay, I’m talking about the Limits of the Continental Shelf Under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and so the issue of the zones of exclusive access by the ocean territories states – here between Canada and France – that is quite simply the appropriation of the world, and thus the question of borders – which would deserve some scrutiny, as it provokes so much questioning today – the border I mean – that is in terms of limit, i.e. the place where we must stand up, because that’s what this is all about, it’s about the battle that needs to be led in order to stand up, that is to say to defend the famous “limes”, the one which protects us from the others, from the Barbarians – and thus starting from the various possibilities of freeing ourselves from it, or of crossing it, bypassing it, or of getting killed by it, I mean by the border, because that’s what’s killing it, now I mean the cod.


Written and performed by Frédéric Ferrer

duration : 1h00


Production Compagnie Vertical Détour / Théâtre des Îlets - CDN de Montluçon

Partnership : Théâtre du Rond-Point, Théâtre-Sénart - scène nationale, Institut français, Le Vaisseau - lieu de création du Centre de Réadaptation de Coubert...

Relevés de terrain et écritures à Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon en avril 2014 et à Montluçon en septembre 2016

Past Performances

27 octobre 2016 / étape de travail au Théâtre des Îlets - Centre Dramatique National de Montluçon

20 décembre 2017 : 1ère sortie publique au Vaisseau, fabrique artistique au Centre de Réadaptation de Coubert (77)

26 janvier 2018 : Théâtre de Poche, Hédé-Bazouges (35)

27 janvier 2018 : Théâtre de Poche, Hédé-Bazouges (35)

01 février 2018 : Scène Nationale d'Albi, à Graulhet (81)

02 février 2018 : Scène Nationale d'Albi, à Cunac (81)

03 février 2018 : Scène Nationale d'ALbi, à Saint-Juéry (81)

04 février 2018 : Scène Nationale d'Albi, à Labruguière (81)

08 février 2018 : Scène Nationale d'Albi, à l'université Champollion d'Albi (81)

09 février 2018 : Scène Nationale d'Albi, à Vaour (81)

08, 09, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18 mars 2018 : Festival (Des)illusions, Le Monfort, Paris (75)

27 avril 2018 : Carré-Colonnes, scène cosmopolitaine de Saint-Médard/Blanquefort à Cussac Fort-Médoc (33)

09 juin 2018 : Fête de l'Océan, à l'Aquarium Tropical de Paris (75)

07 juillet 2018 : Festival de l'Arpenteur, Les Adrets ( 38)

05 octobre 2018 : Théâtre de la Tête Noire, Saran (45)

24 novembre 2018 : Le Bateau Feu, scène nationale de Dunkerque (59)

28 novembre 2018 : le POC, Pôle Culturel d'Alfortville (94)

20 décembre 2018 : Institut Français de Belgrade, Serbie

30 janvier 2019 : Théâtre Nouvelle Génération, CDN de Lyon (69)

01 mars 2019 : Espace Athic - Relais Culturel d'Obernai (67)

14 mars 2019 : Théâtre Le Passage, Fécamp (76)

du 21 au 23 mars 2019 : Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (78)

05 avril 2019 : La Fabrique, Dôle - prog. des Scènes du Jura (39)

06 avril 2019 : La Chevalerie Saint-Amour, prog. des Scènes du Jura (39)

11, 13, 17, 19 avril 2019 : Le Monfort, Paris (75)

05 mai 2019 : Culture Commune, Scène nationale du Pas-de-Calais (62)

28 mai 2019 : Moulin du Roc, scène nationale de Niort (79)