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Saigon © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

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Presentation

  • Like the actors that portray them, the characters of SAIGON are French, Vietnamese, or French of Vietnamese descent. Whatever their age, they share landscapes, faces, songs, and a language that, for some of them, no longer exist but in their memories. The play takes place in a location subject to the same nostalgia: a restaurant stuck in a space-time somewhere between the France of today and the Saigon of the '50s, where the characters have become used to bumping into one another, meeting for lunch, singing, drinking, dancing, loving, and trying to celebrate life in spite of everything. The result of a long work of immersion in both France and Vietnam, this polyphonic story invents the voices of men and women marked by history and geography. They all carry within themselves the marks left by the changes of our world. SAIGON is a wounded land, there's always someone missing, someone to mourn, and it is the journey of the tears thus shed that guides us. With the help of those eleven actors, Caroline Guiela Nguyen conjures up a vision of France as it exists beyond the limits it has been given, beyond its own borders.

     

    Caroline Guiela Nguyen
    After studying sociology and the performing arts, Caroline Guiela Nguyen joined the Conservatoire d'Avignon in 2004. In 2005, she enrolled in the school of the Théâtre national de Strasbourg to study direction. She founded the company Les Hommes Approximatifs in 2009 with Claire Calvi, Alice Duchange, Juliette Kramer, Benjamin Moreau, Mariette Navarro, Antoine Richard, and Jérémie Papin. After adapting a few classics, they started working on plays of their own, about missing stories and missing bodies, those you don't usually see on theatre stages. Since then, they've never stopped populating the stage with the world around them. Since 2015, Caroline Guiela Nguyen has been working with Joël Pommerat and Jean Ruimi at the Maison Centrale in Arles, notably on Désordre d'un future passé (Disorder of a Future Past). Caroline Guiela Nguyen is associated with the Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe, with the MC2: Grenoble, and is part of the artistic collective of the Comédie de Valence, Centre dramatique national Drôme-Ardèche.

  • Distribution

    Direction Caroline Guiela Nguyen
    Artistic collaboration Claire Calvi
    Dramaturgy Jérémie Scheidler, Manon Worms
    Translation Duc Duy Nguyen, Thi Thanh Thu Tô
    Stage design Alice Duchange
    Lights Jérémie Papin
    Sound Antoine Richard
    Costumes Benjamin Moreau

    With Caroline Arrouas, Dan Artus, Adeline Guillot, Thi Truc Ly Huynh, Hoàng Son Lê, Phú Hau Nguyen, My Chau Nguyen Thi, Pierric Plathier, Thi Thanh Thu Tô, Anh Tran Nghia, Hiep Tran Nghia

    Production

    Production les Hommes Approximatifs
    Co-production Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe, La Comédie de Valence Centre dramatique national Drôme-Ardèche, MC2 : Grenoble, Festival d'Avignon, Centre dramatique national de Normandie-Rouen, Théâtre national de Strasbourg, Théâtre Olympia Centre dramatique national de Tours, Comédie de Reims, Théâtre national de Bretagne, Théâtre du Beauvaisis Scène nationale de l'Oise en préfiguration, Théâtre de La Croix-Rousse (Lyon)
    With the support of Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Conseil départemental de la Drôme, Institut français - programme Théâtre export, Institut français du Vietnam, Université de théâtre et de cinéma de Hô Chi Minh-Ville, Artcena, and for the 71st edition of the Festival d'Avignon : Adami, Spedidam
    With the help of Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe for the construction of decors, La Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon
    With the participation of Jeune théâtre national
    In partnership with France Médias Monde

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On tour

  • Grenoble
  • from 07-11-2017
    to 11-11-2017
  • MC2:

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  • SURTITLES – ELECTRONIC GLASSES

    • Running time on July 8, 9, 10 and 14
      The service is free but booking is required at the box office of the Festival (while stocks last)
     
  • For the shows Antigone, Sopro, SAIGON, and Ramona, and on certin dates, PANTHEA/Theatre in Paris, the Festival d’Avignon, and the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication offer a service of individual and multilingual surtitles on electronic glasses, which allow you to read surtitles without taking your eyes off of the show (in French, English, and Arabic for Antigone). Compatible with prescription glasses.