Geneva Revue


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Performing arts
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Description

The Geneva Revue is an annual stand-up comedy and satirical show that mocks, in songs and sketches, the idiosyncrasies of Geneva’s political life as well as Swiss and international politics), and derides the flaws of human nature and society in general. The Revue mirrors current events, tackling the concerns of Genevans with brazen humour. A troupe of actors, musicians and dancers prepares the revue every year, under the guidance of one or more directors and humorists. The latter are generally the authors of the scipts. The Revue was first performed in 1892 and continues to attract thousands of spectators every autumn who appreciate having a laugh at the expense of local, national and even international politicians. The Geneva Revue is currently subsidised by the City of Geneva’s Department of Culture and Sport and by several private sponsors. Other revues have existed or are occasionally created based on the model of the Geneva Revue, such as the ‘Revue de l’Ordre des avocats’ (Law Society Revue) or the ‘Revue des deputes’ (Parliamentarians’ Revue).

Image gallery

  • The Revue 1913, ‘J’suis d’la Revue’ (I am the revue), photographer Frank Henri Jullien © BGE-CIG/ Frank Henri Jullien
  • The Revue 1931, ‘Cent blagues’ (a hundred jokes), photographer Frank Henri Jullien © BGE-CIG/ Frank Henri Jullien
  • The Revue 1939, ‘Ca fait boum !’ (an explosive show), photographer Marcel Bolomet © Archives Trinquedoux-Brussino/Marcel Bolomet
  • The Revue 1958, ‘Ca va fuser’ (a sizzling show), photographer Fredy Bertrand © BGE-CIG/ Fredy Bertrand
  • The Revue 1968, ‘Ca claironne !’ (loud and clear), photographer Mick Desarzens © BGE-CIG/ Mick Desarzens
  • The Revue 1976, ‘Attachez vos ceintures !’ (fasten your seat belts), photographer Mick Desarzens © BGE-CIG/ Mick Desarzens
  • The Revue 1985, ‘On l’aime annuelle !...’ (served on an annual basis), photographer Yvan Devegney © Archives Alain Morisod/ Yvan Devegney
  • The Revue 1990 (spring), ‘Kopp… Fric… J’tousse’ (Kopp…money… coughing), photographer Yvan Devegney © Archives Alain Morisod/ Yvan Devegney
  • The Revue 2015, photographer Pascal Bernheim © Pascal Bernheim
  • Casion-Théâtre 1932, photographer unknown © Claudine Berthet

References and documentation

Publications
  • Willy Aeschlimann : Revues genevoises. In : Almanach du Vieux Genève. Genève, 1933, p. 32-39

  • Willy Aeschlimann : Revues genevoises. In : Almanach du Vieux Genève. Genève, 1934, p. 30-34

  • Willy Aeschlimann : La chanson populaire. In : Almanach du Vieux Genève. Genève, 1939, p. 18-21

  • Willy Aeschlimann : Les revues genevoises. In : Almanach du Vieux Genève. Genève, 1959, p. 27-31

  • Bernard Houssiau, Robert Rudin : « De bleu !, de bleu ! » - les cinquante ans sur scène de Jo-Johnny. Yens sur Morges, 1993

  • Bernard Lescaze : La Revue a 100 ans ! In : La Revue 1896-1996. Genève, 1996, p. 25-32

  • Juliane Bourgeois : 100 ans de revues genevoises. L'histoire et les histoires de la Revue genevoise de sa création à nos jours. Ed. Département des affaires culturelles de la Ville de Genève. Genève, 2000

  • André Klopmann : Mon dictionnaire de Genève, de A comme Ador à Z comme Zep. Genève, 2011, p. 117-119

Documentation