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  • King Lear

    by William Shakespeare

    Translation and direction
    OLIVIER PY 

    Avignon

  • > Cour d'honneur du Palais des papes

    Creation 2015

    Running time 2h35

  • Prices : from €38 to €10

    "Le Roi Lear" was recorded July 7 and 8, and broadcasted live July 8 on France2

    "Le Roi Lear "de William Shakespeare traduit par Olivier Py est publié aux éditions Actes Sud-Papiers.

    Le "Roi Lear" fait l’objet d’une Pièce (dé)montée, dossier pédagogique réalisé par Canopé.

 

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Presentation

  • King Lear, a play for the twentieth century? Convinced that it could be, Olivier Py worked on a new translation of Shakespeare's play, which he directs in the Cour d'honneur of the Palais des papes. A translation in free verse, sharp and in the present tense, to render the infernal machinery that is set in motion as soon as Lear asks the huge and unfathomable question that is at the heart of every family. Before surrendering his power to his daughters, he wants to know which of the three will express her love for him most emphatically and thus receive the largest share of his legacy. Cordelia's silence, more than just a proof of her integrity, shows the powerlessness of words when faced with reason wielded as an instrument. This silence drives Lear to madness, and everyone to ruin. Like a prophecy of the disasters to come three centuries later, the falsification of language and its acceptance lead to a bloodbath, in which even brothers and sisters turn on each other. On the wide open stage of the Cour d'honneur, Lear and Gloucester, disgraced fathers, wander aimlessly while their children plot. All are busy digging their own graves, heroes and villains, old men and young heirs; between wars and self-delusions, they rush headlong towards the end of the world, towards oblivion.

    Actor, singer, writer-poet and smuggler of poems, translating Shakespeare, director for the theatre and the opera: Olivier Py's research follows all possible paths, both inner and concrete, looking for a presence to the world, a fleeting answer to a latent anxiety. In this adventure language is the vehicle that takes him from trestles to stages, or the deck of cards from which he draws; he likes it to be both lyrical and crude, mysterious and shared. He calls on that of Aeschylus, of Claudel, of Shakespeare, or on his own, in plays that are about the theatre, about transmission, about the times, about faith.
    His experience as director of the Centre dramatique national d'Orléans, of the Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe, then of the Festival d'Avignon, have fed and enriched his reflection about politics, power, and the world as humanity. Questions that are at the heart of his two latest creations, King Lear and Hacia la alegría.

    From the glitter of Miss Knife, shimmering in cabarets, to the monumental convent of the Dialogues of the Carmelites for the opera, Pierre-André Weitz works on different scales but with the same care on the costumes and sets he designs. Trained at the Strasbourg conservatory, where he specialised in lyrical arts, and at architecture school, he soon falls in love with scenography. He has worked with Olivier Py since 1993.
    Like the architect of
    Hacia la alegría, he refuses and challenges the immobility of matter, creating moving devices that play with space and height. Floors to inhabit, stairs to climb, facades to graffiti: Pierre-André Weitz's scenographies often allow both the actors and the audience's gaze to rise.

    SHAKESPEARE AND  KING LEAR 
     The sun and moon eclipses Gloucester worries about at the beginning of Kear Lear allow us to date the play; the rare succession of those two phenomena indeed happened in England in 1605. There are however several versions of the famous tragedy: the first was published in quarto in 1606, the last in the First Folio, a compilation of thirty-six plays by Shakespeare, published in 1623. There are several different hypotheses as to the play's genesis, and Shakespeare seems to have been inspired by multiple sources: the figure of “Lir,” who first appeared in Celtic mythology, indeed plays a central role in several works of the 16th and 17th centuries.

  • Distribution

    Translation and direction Olivier Py
    Scenography, set design, costumes and make up Pierre-André Weitz
    Lights Bertrand Killy
    Sound Rémi Berger Spirou
    Assistant to the direction Thomas Pouget
    Technical and production Festival d'Avignon

    With
    Avec Jean-Damien Barbin Le Fou
    Moustafa Benaïbout Cornouailles, Un messager
    Nâzim Boudjenah (de la Comédie-Française) Edmond
    Amira Casar Goneril
    Céline Chéenne Régane
    Eddie Chignara Kent
    Matthieu Dessertine Edgar
    Émilien Diard-Detoeuf Oswald, Bourgogne
    Philippe Girard Lear
    Damien Lehman France
    Thomas Pouget Écosse, Un serviteur, Un vieil homme
    Laura Ruiz Tamayo Cordélia
    Jean-Marie Winling Gloucester

    Production

    Production Festival d'Avignon
    Coproduction France Télévisions, Les Gémeaux Scène nationale de Sceaux, National Performing Arts Center - National Theater & Concert Hall (Taipei), Les Célestins Théâtre de Lyon, anthéa Antipolis théâtre d'Antibes, La Criée Théâtre national de Marseille
    Avec le soutien de la Région Île-de-France, de l'Adami et de la Spedidam
    Avec la participation artistique du Jeune Théâtre National
    Résidence à la FabricA du Festival d'Avignon

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On tour

  • Marseille
  • from 19-11-2015
    to 21-11-2015
  • La Criée
    Théâtre national de Marseille
  • Blagnac
  • from 11-11-2015
    to 14-11-2015
  • Odyssud
    Centre culturel