Literary Ball

A Literary Ball is two days in the life of a group of four fearless writers who wish to do good.

On the first day, the writers get together over a liter of coffee and a stack of their favorite songs; songs made for dancing, hits from the 50s to the present day. They put together a playlist of eight songs. Then they come up with a story in eight installments. 

The next day, each person writes two installments of the story alone but alongside the others. Each installment of the story must end with the title of the next song in the playlist.

A dance club space is set up in the evening with a stage, dance floor, disco ball. 

The four writers become readers and actors of the texts written during the day. 

You start by immersing yourself in the story. You listen, watch, project yourself, laugh, are both moved and gripped.

When the text ends, the music fills the whole space, you rush to the dance floor to dance, move about and sing at the top of your lungs. This carries on from installment to installment, from song to song, for an hour and a half of literary and party fever, until the end of the eighth installment.

At the end of the evening, the text is destroyed in a large bonfire, because each Literary Ball is unique and ephemeral. 

Literary Balls have brought together nearly one hundred writers in more than ten countries since their creation at the Comédie de Reims, France, nearly twenty years ago. There have been almost five hundred Literary Balls. Bilingual balls have been organized, involving writers and translators, to create connections between languages, literature, artists and continents.