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The associate artist of this 66th Festival is the actor and director Simon McBurney. After studying with Jacques Lecoq in Paris, he returned to London where he founded his company Complicite, which knows no bounds, either geographic or artistic. Each of his creations is an opportunity to bring together collaborators using all the media possible: words, often adapted from literature, bodies, gestures, images and music. Together they find a common language by creating an iconoclastic and moving theatre. Simon McBurney's choice to adapt, for the Cour d'honneur of the Popes' Palace, The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov shows his desire to stage rich and lively stories in which different times and imaginative worlds intertwine, and to consider the theatre above all as a place for invention and commitment.

He shares this approach with the English writer John Berger, whose presence will also mark this Festival. Through his writings, he uncompromisingly tells about man and his capacity to love, society and its injustice, or works of art and their mysterious power.

The spirit of “complicity” will cross this Festival, to which we have invited artists from different horizons who, by inventing their own theatre, question us about its foundations:

- a theatre that asks itself what a contemporary form is, with plays from the repertory revisited by Arthur Nauzyciel or Stéphane Braunschweig, current texts written by Guillaume Vincent and Christophe Honoré, including another play that will be staged by Éric Vigner, theatre performances like the one proposed by the Forced Entertainment group;

- a theatre in tune with reality to talk about the deviations of financial systems with Nicolas Stemann and Bruno Meyssat, political violence in Colombia with the Mapa Teatro, in Lebanon with Lina Saneh and Rabih Mroué, at the borders of Europe with Fanny Bouyagui, environmental risks with Katie Mitchell, and Thomas Ostermeier, who will stage Henrik Ibsen;

- a theatre in which music enriches dramaturgy as much as words and images, as in Christoph Marthaler, William Kentridge, the 1927 company and Séverine Chavrier's work;

- a theatre that draws its narrative strength from contemporary literature, whether it is that of J. M. Coetzee for Kornél Mundruczó, David Peace for Jean-François Matignon or Elfriede Jelinek, W. G. Sebald or the Nouveau roman;

- plays inspired by the visual and performance arts, offering moments of new sensitive experiences as in Markus Öhrn, Romeo Castellucci, Steven Cohen, Jérôme Bel and Romeu Runa, and Sophie Calle's exhibition;

- and plays that find, in the body and choreography, a way to reflect on what brings us together and what sets us apart as with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Josef Nadj, Olivier Dubois, Régine Chopinot, Nacera Belaza and La Revue Éclair.

These artists are attempting to make performance a space for risks and sharing. Undoubtedly, this is also what led Jean Vilar to invent, in 1947, his own theatre in the Cour d'honneur of the Palais des papes, and then, after he decided to stop staging in the mid-1960s, to invite to the Festival other bold artists whose aesthetics were often very different from his. We will celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth with a show by the KompleXKapharnaüM company, and with the Maison Jean Vilar.

The drawing on the cover of this pre-programme comes from the artist William Kentridge's rehearsal sketchbook. For us, it expresses the courage needed to freely build reflection and to give this reflection a voice. Once again, this summer, we would like the Festival to be a place where this freedom can be exercised, for artists as well as spectators.

We're expecting you.

Hortense Archambault and Vincent Baudriller
directors
Avignon, 5 March 2012

 

2012 Images

The Master and Margarita - Simon McBurney / Complicite
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

De A à X - John Berger, Juliette Binoche and Simon McBurney
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Lying Down to Sleep - John Berger and Katya Berger
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Place Public - KompleXKapharnaüM
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

The Seagull - Arthur Nauzyciel
© Frédéric Nauczyciel

Six Characters in Search of an Author - Stéphane Braunschweig / La Colline-Théâtre national
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

The Coming Storm - Forced Entertainment
© Agnès Mellon / Festival d'Avignon

The Rings of Saturn - Katie Mitchell / Schauspiel Köln
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Ten Billion - Katie Mitchell and Stephen Emmott
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

An Enemy of the People - Thomas Ostermeier
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Refuse the Hour - William Kentridge
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

The Animals and Children took to the Streets - Suzanne Andrade and Paul Barritt / 1927
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

My Fair Lady. A Language Lab - Christoph Marthaler / Theater Basel
© Judith Schlosser

Los Santos Inocentes - Heidi Abderhalden and Rolf Abderhalden / Mapa Teatro
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

33 Rounds and Few Seconds - Lina Saneh and Rabih Mroué
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

15 % - Bruno Meyssat
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

The Merchant's Contracts. An Economic Comedy, - Nicolas Stemann
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Nouveau roman - Christophe Honoré
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

The Faculty - direction Éric Vigner
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Being Gilles - Robert Cantarella
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Night is Falling - Guillaume Vincent
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Ultimate Track - by Séverine Chavrier
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

W/GB84 - by Jean-François Matignon
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Disgrace - Kornél Mundruczó
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Title Withheld (For Legal and Ethical Reasons) - Steven Cohen
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

The Cradle of Humankind - Steven Cohen
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

The Four Seasons Restaurant - Romeo Castellucci / Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Tale of Love - Markus Öhrn / Institutet / Nya Rampen
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Disabled Theater - Jérôme Bel / Theater Hora
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Ch(ose) / Hic sunt leones - Sandrine Buring and Stéphane Olry / La Revue Éclair
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Sakinan Göze Çöp Batar - Christian Rizzo / l'association fragile
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Puz/zle - Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui / Eastman
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Tragedy - Olivier Dubois
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Atem the breath - by Josef Nadj
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Le Trait - Nacera Belaza
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Very Wetr ! - Régine Chopinot / Cornucopiae & Le Wetr
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

The Old King - Miguel Moreira and Romeu Runa / les ballets C de la B
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Concert / Ilo Veyou, by Camille
© Agnès Mellon / Festival d'Avignon

Concert / Psychopharmaka - Rodolphe Burger and Olivier Cadiot
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

25th Hour / Jerusalem Cast Lead - Winter Family
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

25th Hour / Je suis venue - Yalda Younes and Gaspard Delanoë
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

25th Hour / Tomorrow's Parties - Forced Entertainment
© Quentin Dufour

Sujets à Vif A / Sonata Hamlet - commissioned from Mitia Fedotenko
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Sujets à Vif A / La Fille - commissioned from Michaël Allibert
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Sujets à Vif B / Le Vertige - commissioned from Olivia Rosenthal
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Sujets à Vif B / Projet Luciole - commissioned from Nicolas Truong
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Sujets à Vif C / Curtain - commissioned from Jonah Bokaer
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Sujets à Vif C / L'Inquiétude - commissioned from Stanislas Roquette
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Sujets à Vif D / O - commissioned from Laurent Chétouane
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Sujets à Vif D / In Creation - commissioned from Gregory Maqoma
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Drama schools at the Festival / A Young Man Is Killed - École de la Comédie de Saint-Étienne
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Drama schools at the Festival / Eugene Onegin - École du Théâtre national de Strasbourg
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Reading / Le Passage - Fadwa Souleimane
© Philippe Salomon

Exhibition / Rachel, Monique - Sophie Calle
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Exhibition / Welcome - Fanny Bouyagui / Art Point M
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Exhibition / Complicite : a constante state of evolution
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Exhibition / Da Capo - William Kentridge
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Exhibition / Empty Stages - Tim Etchells and Hugo Glendinning
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

The Theatre of Ideas / In praise of the theatre - Alain Badiou
© Clémence Hérout

The Theatre of Ideas
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

In July 15th, 2012 / Visit of President François Hollande
© D. R.

Forum Libération, in July 19th / The Art and the Territory, what priorities for cultural affairs ?
© Quentin Dufour

Dialogue with public / encounter with Simon McBurney
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Dialogue with public
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Dialogue with public
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

1st final report
© Nejib Boubaker

 

Report of the Festival

FINAL REPORT OF THE 66th FESTIVAL D'AVIGNON - OCTOBER 2012

2012 FIRST REPORT

 

66th Festival d'Avignon
7-28 July 2012

The 66th Festival d'Avignon ended on 28 July 2012.

The Off went on until this same date.




Like the work of the associate artist, the British director Simon McBurney, this Festival crossed theatre and literature, body and words, visual arts and music, going beyond artistic as well as geographic borders.


The energy of creation fertilized the Festival d'Avignon. Out of 42 shows (apart from the eight creations of the Sujets à Vif), 28 were premieres, six of them were performed in France for the first time, 16 were performed in foreign languages with French supertitles. These shows, conceived by artists of different generations and countries, all took up the stage with commitment and real freedom, questioning what theatre is today.


It is precisely through this question, put into perspective by the philosopher Alain Badiou, that the Theatre of Ideas opened. Based on the dialogues between intellectuals, this cycle of encounters contributed to enlightened on certain notions raised by the programme: otherness, time, the economic and ecological crises.


The Festival d'Avignon once again asserted itself as a place of artistic risk-taking, dialogue and openness to a broad audience, in line with the approach of Jean Vilar when he founded the Festival in 1947 and then transformed it in 1966 and 1967 by opening it to multiple artistic forms. We celebrated the centennial of his birth with a free show created by KompleXKapharnaüM. Offered on 14 July in front of the Popes' Palace, Place Public welcomed over 8,000 spectators who, through this show, were able to better understand and query the heritage of the Festival's founder.


The Festival d'Avignon is also a forum where cultural policy questions are notably discussed. This 66th Festival received the visit of the president of the French Republic, François Hollande, a visit of great symbolic importance as it was the first since 1981. He notably took the time to meet with the Festival's management and artists during a dinner, accompanied by the minister of Work, Employment, Professional Training and Social Dialogue, Michel Sapin, and the minister of Culture and Communication, Aurélie Filippetti, who moreover came to the Festival on several occasions. The Festival also welcomed the European commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou as well as many elected officials and regional and local administration representatives.


For the seventh consecutive year, global attendance passed 90%. By this day, 135,800 tickets have been delivered, corresponding to an attendance rate of 94%. Once again, the audience massively showed its desire to take part to the Festival by investing all the debate and meeting places proposed (11,000 admissions were notably recorded at the École d'Art).


The Festival team continued its actions of opening to new audiences, in particular by organizing, with the Ceméa, the stay of 780 secondary school students from all over France, and by continuing its collaboration with the penitentiary centre of Avignon-Le Pontet where Juliette Binoche, Simon McBurney and John Berger read Berger's novel, De A à X, presented two days earlier in the Cour d'honneur. Moreover, the Festival d'Avignon strengthened its links with local associations by imagining with them the itineraries of young people and adults who are not used to going the Festival and who are notably living in the Monclar and Champfleury districts.


La FabricA, the rehearsal and residence centre of the Festival d'Avignon, is being built at the intersection of these two Avignon districts. This building will open in July 2013 for the next Festival for which Hortense Archambault and Vincent Baudriller have chosen two associate artists: the author, actor and director Dieudonné Niangouna, and the actor and director Stanislas Nordey.

Avignon, 28 July 2012

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