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  • de Olivier Py

    Olivier Py


    Avignon


  • > La FabricA

    Creation 2017


    Running time 4h30 approx. including intermission


  • Some scenes in the play may offend the sensitivity of younger viewers

 

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Les Parisiens © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Les Parisiens © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Les Parisiens © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Les Parisiens © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Les Parisiens © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Les Parisiens © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Les Parisiens © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Les Parisiens © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Les Parisiens © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Les Parisiens © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Les Parisiens © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

 

Presentation

  • Aurélien is handsome, young, smart, arrogant, and fascinating. As a writer and director, he wants to conquer the world through theatre, starting with Paris. Moving from cocktail party to brothel, he intrigues everyone. A host of characters with influence in the world of culture and no regard for actual art flock to his side... Tormented by their insatiable need for power, they succumb to the fads that govern the city of lights. Beyond this microcosm that believes it can be Everything in plain sight, another much more disreputable milieu attracts Aurélien. There, he meets people and names who quickly come to fill his orgiastic nights, dreaming of reinventing society through love and sex: Iris, Serena, Kamel, Gilda... In this carnival, a metaphor for the collapse of politics, only Lucas, a dark and tormented poet who could be his complete opposite, seems to share his desire for absolutes. “One of them thought that by losing everything he would save the light, the other that by winning everything he would anger the heavens,” writes Olivier Py. With this whirlwind of a show, which drags its characters through a vibrant city that devours everyone and everything, the director returns to the great themes that come back time and again in his work: theatre, God, sex, death, freedom, and power... A human comedy at once epic, lyrical, and funny.

     

    Olivier Py
    Born in Grasse in 1965, Olivier Py moved to Paris after graduating high school. After his khâgne at the lycée Fénelon, he joined the Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique in 1987 and began studying theology. The following year, he directed his first play, Des Oranges et des Ongles (Of Oranges and Nails), and founded the company L'inconvénient des boutures. In 1995, he made a splash at the Festival d'Avignon with his direction of his own text La Servante (The Servant), a cycle of plays lasting twenty-four hours. In 1997, he was appointed director of the Centre dramatique national in Orléans, which he left in 2007 to become director of the Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe. In 2013, he became the first theatre director to be named director of the Festival d'Avignon since Jean Vilar. Director for the theatre and the opera, dramatist, film director, but also actor and poet, Olivier Py is a prolific author. His political engagement has translated into adaptations of plays in which politics take centre stage: Aeschylus's Seven Against Thebes, The Suppliants, and The Persians, Shakespeare's King Lear, or his own texts, such as Orlanda, or, the Impatience or Die Sonne... Since Le Cahier noir (The Black Notebook), a novel written when he was 17 (published in 2015), he has written countless texts in various genres: plays, young adult books, essays, prefaces, translations, scenarios... With The Parisians (2016), the director adapts one of his own novels for the stage for the second time, after Hacia la alegria in 2015.

     

    Pierre-André Weitz
    Pierre-André Weitz studied music at the Conservatoire in Strasbourg, while studying architecture. As an assistant set designer, he created the scenography and costumes for his first show at age 18. Since 1993, he has often worked with Olivier Py. Created for the theatre or the opera, his moving scenographies, which he himself describes as anachronistic and poetic, create movements that resemble a choreography. His conception of space multiplies vertical and horizontal lines to add depth to the stage, giving the actors complex dramatic locations to inhabit and to the audience the opportunity to go through a complete sensory experience.

  • Distribution

    Text, direction Olivier Py
    Stage design, costumes, makeup Pierre-André Weitz
    Lights Bertrand Killy
    Sound Rémi Berger Spirou

    With Jean Alibert, Moustafa Benaïbout, Laure Calamy, Céline Chéenne, Emilien Diard-Detoeuf, Guilhem Fabre, Joseph Fourez, Philippe Girard, Mireille Herbstmeyer, François Michonneau

    Production

    Production Festival d'Avignon
    Co-production Théâtre de Liège
    With the support of Adami and Spedidam for the 71st edition of the Festival d'Avignon
    Artistic residence la FabricA du Festival d'Avignon

    Les Parisiens by Olivier Py is published by Editions Actes Sud.

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  • Show
  • HAMLET

    • Maison Jean Vilar
    • Running time 1h15
     
 
  • POEMS

    • Collégiale Saint-Agricol