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Communiqué from the Council of State

State of Vaud

Posted on October 25, 2020

The Council of State was saddened to learn of the death of Barnabas. An essential personality, this native of Servion will have marked the culture of the canton with his café-theater in Servion and the Vaudois world of musical comedy with his creations.

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Born in 1940, Barnabé, whose real name was Jean-Claude Pasche, was an accomplished artist and director. Already active in Lausanne, where he created shows at the Municipal Theater, Barnabé created his own café-theater in the family barn in Servion. It became the largest of its kind in Switzerland after it had to be rebuilt, even more beautiful, in 1994, after part of the building burned down. It includes a rehearsal room, a set construction workshop and a huge costume inventory of over 7,000 costumes.

A great collector, Barnabé had installed in his café-theater the largest cinema-theater organ in Europe, as well as barrel organs on which he enjoyed playing during or after shows. It is therefore an important cultural heritage that he leaves to the public.

As a precursor, it is part of the great tradition of musical performances. He was thus the first to bring “La cage aux folles” to Europe, a show he is showing in French. His famous Servion review has been a staple and very popular show for many decades.

An accomplished artist, he himself participated in shows by singing and dancing. He was still on stage this year, at the age of 80. The music hall and the cabaret were his passion and he made his café-theater a mecca for musical entertainment.

The Canton supports the Barnabé Theater, because it is one of the rare places in the region where musical shows are played and produced from A to Z. Since 2005, a foundation has managed this emblematic place which is now run by a new team.

The Council of State would like to pay tribute to Barnabas for all he has contributed to the Canton and to the culture of our region in general. The Vaud government, on behalf of the cantonal authorities, expresses its sincere condolences to the family, relatives and friends of the deceased.

State of Vaud Information and Communication Office


ON BEHALF OF THE COUNCIL OF STATE, Cesla Amarelle, Councilor of State, Head of the DFJC,021 316 30 65


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