Have you heard of The Rumour in Orléans? Interview with artists Sandy Flinto & Pierrick Grobéty

On Sunday I saw a preview of Confidences, a performance created by Sandy Flinto and Pierrick Grobéty. The Rumour in Orléans and the autobiography of the main actress, Zuzana Kakalikova, serve as the basis of this dance, theatre, video and music performance. What is The Rumour in Orléans? It’s a rumour that emerged in 1969 in Orléans (France), where apparently in lingerie shops, female customers were abducted and then forced into prostitution. I have interviewed the artists, Sandy and Pierrick, about their creation but first, let me introduce them.

Who are Sandy Flinto and Pierrick Grobéty?

Sandy Flinto is a visual artist, born in 1983 in Luxembourg. In 2004, she moved to Italy, where she graduated in plastic arts, before continuing her artistic research in 2012 by undergoing theatre training at the Laboratoire de théâtre physique (LFPT) in Paris. With a strong education and relations in the artistic environment, Sandy successfully follows her own path between visual and performing arts, which brought about a meeting between her and Pierrick Grobéty who stages his acoustic environment. Their leitmotiv is experimentation including all different types of artistic expression. As a team they realize numerous projects including installation, video, performances, theatre and contemporary dance to combine the visual environment with the acoustic dimension. Depending on the circumstances, she adapts techniques, sizes and means of expression, by using sculpture, video, installation or performance art. These days, Sandy travels between Luxembourg, France and Switzerland.

Pierrick Grobéty was born in 1983 in Switzerland where he took drum courses and learnt by himself how to compose, conduct and to perform music and sound. Since 2011, he has been collaborating with the Cie T-d’U for the play ÔKÔ. He created with Kelzang Ravach the musical documentary TREE FEET and worked with Melting Pol on the project Making of (re)visited at the Casino (LU). With his co-worker Sandy Flinto, they have been realizing several multidisciplinary projects since 2012. His work is based on sound research of instruments that he has created himself. He aims at harmonizing the different musical mediums and by managing the sound, he adapts it to the given contexts. He draws his inspriation from the collaboration with artists from other backgrounds.

Your latest performance, Confidences, reunites you with actors that you have previously worked with. What was the creative process behind this project and what vision are you sharing with the audience?

The piece mixes The Rumour in Orléans with the autobiography of the actress Zuzana Kakalikova. The first approach of the project was a sociological and psychological analysis of the rumour and their necessity. By including the autobiography, a lot of information had to be studied. We developed the project for about one year and a half. We consider it as a work in progress, in which we experiment with artistic expressions, by changing the stage, integrating new mediums and analyzing the audience’s reaction. We chose the actors for their curriculums and their extraordinary skills, and their aesthetics. Together we share with them a taste for experimentation and our artistic vision. One of the recurring questions these days is the role of the spectator. Our work started way before but by researching means of expression, aesthetics, we set the frame with key readings, in order to give possible directions to understand. In this manner, we stimulate the audience to come up with multiple and personal interpretations, with an individual and critical mindset.

From time to time you present your work in Luxembourg, where Sandy is originally from. How do you see the current art scene?  

We love the Luxembourg art scene. It is modern and constantly tries to evolve. In certain countries the letting go of the past cultural heritage is more difficult and despite the integration of a contemporary aesthetic, the basis is not always very innovative. Economics rule culture and a lot of money can be made with relics, therefore investments into the new can be seen as risky. In Luxembourg, however, investments are made into innovation and contemporary cultural research. For the past years, the latter has exponentially developed and it continues to grow. Luxembourg is buzzing with young creators that compete at an international level. We believe that the Luxembourg cultural scene goes hand in hand with an evolving modern society. The public is curious and open to new proposals.

Confidences dates

1 October 2015 Schungfabrik in Tétange (Lux)

7 October 2015 Abbaye de Neumünster (Lux)

19 and 20 mai 2016 Théâtre Le Périscope in Nîmes (France)



  1. 22nd September 2015 / 10:46

    I'm rather intrigued by the storyline though I know so little about theatre to make any constructive comments about it.

  2. 22nd September 2015 / 11:43

    The performance must have been very interesting. Thanks for introducing them to us!

  3. 22nd September 2015 / 14:03

    That is crazy if it really happened. This production and the artist behind it sound really fascinating.

  4. 22nd September 2015 / 15:36

    This is really amazing and I loved to know about their background and also, that in Lux "the" investments are made in culture! What for a great thing and I enjoyed as well, that this is a biography, I like performances very much and would have loved to see this one!

  5. 22nd September 2015 / 19:12

    This sounds really interesting! Thanks for sharing this♥♥


  6. 23rd September 2015 / 00:36

    Beautiful images! Thank you for sharing this interview!

  7. 23rd September 2015 / 19:08

    fun blog post! thanks for sharing!

  8. 23rd September 2015 / 21:03

    Both are great artists and their perfomances must be amazing. Id be very curious to see one. Kisses Anouk xo

  9. 24th September 2015 / 19:07

    Really great post, I love the first two images, and what a story behind these artists/performances. Thanks for the introduction.

  10. 25th September 2015 / 04:50

    Lovely interview Anouk, but wow what a storyline. And how terrifying it must have been to be a women back in those days. I mean today you could debate we're not any safer but with social media around and mobiles being as handy as they are…


  11. 26th September 2015 / 23:56

    Very nice interview 🙂

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