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    • The Imperfect

    • Theatre - Young audience / Show

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L'imparfait © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

L'imparfait © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

L'imparfait © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

L'imparfait © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

L'imparfait © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

L'imparfait © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

L'imparfait © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

L'imparfait © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

L'imparfait © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

L'imparfait © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

L'imparfait © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

 

Presentation

  • Victor is 7 going on 8, an only child who lives in the perfect world of the indivisible trinity “daddymommyvictor.” But one day, he stops playing along and dares to say “I.” With that one word, the child embraces the possibility of language and learns about dissociation, and the audience watches as he goes through a new stage in his life. From one age to another, from one group to another, from an emotional way of seeing the world to a rational one and back again. With his usual playfulness, writer and director Olivier Balazuc bases his work on the indispensable and salutary stages in the life of a man-cub, in order to propose a situation we are all familiar with: glorious Victor, in addition to bravely saying “I,” decides to start colouring outside the lines. This triggers a response that is as immediate as it is violent and normative. Disorder threatens the microcosm of the family and unbalances its tidy system. It is a world in crisis as seen by a child that The Imperfect describes, a world in which the triangle of the family is questioned and in which archaic, even Judeo-Christian, models crumble against the son's underlying creativity and independence. “Little Victor disalienates his parents' imagination, and the world doesn't end. Something breaks free and a future of possibilities is reopened.

     

    Olivier Balazuc
    A writer, actor, and director for the theatre and the opera, Olivier Balazuc trained at the Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique before working with Olivier Py as an actor and assistant director on Claudel's The Satin Slipper (2003), Les Vainqueurs (The Victors, 2004), and Illusions Comiques (Comic Illusions, 2006). He has worked with many directors such as Clément Porée, Christian Schiaretti, Laurent Hatat, Richard Brunel... His directions often put the spotlight on contemporary texts by Levin, Walser, or the anthropologist Eric Chauvier, but also on his own plays. As a writer and director, he turned to a younger audience, considering children's literature not as a starting point but as “a point of arrival for a writer.” He wrote and directed the play L'Ombre amoureuse (The Shadow in Love, 2011), as well as the operas L'Enfant et la Nuit (The Child and the Night, 2012), with music by Franck Villard, and Little Nemo (with Arnaud Delalande), with music by David Chaillou (2017). He published his first novel, Le Labyrinthe du traducteur (The Labyrinth of the Translator) in 2010.

  • Distribution

    Text and direction Olivier Balazuc
    Stage design and costumes Bruno de Lavenère
    Lights Laurent Castaingt
    Video Étienne Guiol

    With Cyril Anrep, Laurent Joly, Thomas Jubert, Valérie Keruzoré, Martin Sève

    Production

    Production Théâtre de Sartrouville et des Yvelines Centre dramatique national
    Co-production Compagnie La Jolie Pourpoise, Le Moulin du Roc Scène nationale de Niort
    With the support of École de la Comédie de Saint-Étienne - DIESE # Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
    With the help of the workshops of Moulin du Roc Scène nationale de Niort for the decors

    L'Imparfait by Olivier Balazuc is published by Actes-Sud-Papiers, in the collection Heyoka Jeunesse, march 2016

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  • Adama

    • Utopia-Manutention
    • Running time 1h22