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  • By Maurice Maeterlinck

    Julie Duclos

    Paris

  • La FabricA

    Creation 2019

    Running time 2h

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    The forbidden and tragic love between two young people fate brings together and which leads to their doom.

 

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Pelleas and Melisande © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Pelleas and Melisande © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Pelleas and Melisande © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Pelleas and Melisande © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Pelleas and Melisande © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Pelleas and Melisande © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Pelleas and Melisande © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Pelleas and Melisande © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Pelleas and Melisande © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Pelleas and Melisande © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Pelleas and Melisande © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Pelleas and Melisande © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Pelleas and Melisande © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Encounter with Julie Duclos, November 13th 2018

Interview with Julie Duclos

 

Presentation

  • Melisande is a young woman on the run. To prince Golaud, who finds her crying in the woods and tells her of his status and lineage, she says she comes from far away. And it is with this person—and not with a story—that Golaud falls in love, taking care of her, marrying her, and bringing her to her grandfather's castle. There, Melisande meets Pelleas, the prince's half-brother. And that says it all. Or rather, all is unsaid, suggestion, and projection... What a fertile ground for forbidden love and the violent end it can but lead to. A structure halfway between heaven and earth, and which Julie Duclos wanted to inhabit. Because like Maurice Maeterlinck's writing itself, the characters are “concrete and poetic,” and often silent. To try to understand them, the director imagined a scenography mixing theatre and cinema, multiplying shots, axes, and angles. A dramatic process which leads to many revelations and elevations, and which reminds us that the Belgian symbolist always tried to see the world beyond appearances.

    An actress who trained at the Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique as well as an avid cinephile, Julie Duclos began her career as a director by working on improvisations with her company (A Lover's Discourse: Fragments, Masculin/Féminin [Male/Female], Nos Serments [Our Oaths]). She then directed a contemporary play, Dorothée Zumstein's MayDay. An associate artist of the Colline – Théâtre national until 2017 and of the Théâtre national de Bretagne, she is coming to the Festival d'Avignon for the first time with Pelleas and Melisande.

    A poet, playwright, and essayist, Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949) saw theatre as a place where the soul faces destiny, and symbolism as the poetic form that would allow us to understand the world by looking past appearances. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his work in 1911.

    Pelléas et Mélisande by Maurice Maeterlinck is published by Le Livre de Poche et Espaces Nord.

  • Distribution

    With Vincent Dissez, Philippe Duclos, Stéphanie Marc, Alix Riemer, Matthieu Sampeur, Émilien Tessier
    And alternating Clément Baudouin, Sacha Huyghe, Eliott Le Mouël
    With the voices of the promotion X of the Théâtre national de Bretagne :
    Hinda Abdelaoui, Olga Abolina, Laure Blatter, Clara Bretheau, Amélie Gratias,
    Alice Kudlak, Raphaëlle Rousseau, Salomé Scotto, Mathilde Viseux,
    Lalou Wysocka
    (the servantes) and Émilien Tessier (the door keeper)


    Text Maurice Maeterlinck
    Direction Julie Duclos
    Stage design Hélène Jourdan
    Lights Mathilde Chamoux
    Video Quentin Vigier
    Sound Quentin Dumay
    Costumes Caroline Tavernier
    Assistant direction Calypso Baquey

    Production

    Production L'In-Quarto
    Co-production Théâtre national de Bretagne, Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe,
    La Comédie de Reims, Centre dramatique national Besançon Franche-Comté,
    Festival d'Avignon, Les Célestins Théâtre de Lyon, Comédie de Caen Centre
    dramatique national de Normandie, La Filature Scène nationale de Mulhouse
    With the support of Ministère de la Culture Drac Île-de-France,  Région Ile-de-France, Spedidam
    With the help of the workshops of the Centre dramatique national Besançon
    Franche-Comté, Théâtre du Nord Centre dramatique national Lille Tourcoing
    Hauts-de-France, Comédie de Caen Centre dramatique national de
    Normandie, Spedidam
    Residencies La FabricA du Festival d'Avignon, Théâtre national de Bretagne, Odéon Théâtre de l'Europe
    Julie Duclos is associated artist at the Théâtre national de Bretagne

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