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Dieudonné Niangouna rend hommage à son maître, Sony Labou Tansi,

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L’image contient peut-être : une personne ou plus, personnes debout, nuit et chaussures

Théâtres francophones  

Au théâtre de la Colline:
Dieudonné Niangouna rend hommage à son maître, Sony
Labou Tansi, en adaptant l’une de ses pièces les plus célèbres,
Antoine m’a vendu son destin, et en y mêlant ses propres
textes. Un condensé de l’Afrique en un temps record, 1h30, il y
a longtemps que Dieudonné Niangouna n’avait pas présenté un
spectacle aussi resserré.Dieudonné Niangouna a 9 ans lorsque
Sony Labou Tansi et Daniel Mesguish répètent Antoine m’a vendu son destin à Brazzaville. Il observe les répétitions du spectacle
qui sera créé en 1986 au Festival International des Francophonies de Limoges (Continue reading » )

Road Show: Another Stephen Sondheim Work at the Lyric Stage

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The Road Show,  Photo:Maggie Hall

Spiro Veloudos, the producing artistic director of Boston’s Lyric Stage, has long admired the work of the prolific composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. During his twenty years at the Lyric, he has directed at least eight of Sondheim’s musicals. Veloudos’ latest, Road Show, which he co-directed with choreographer Ilyse Robbins has a somewhat checkered past.

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Ada/Ava: Silent Film in the 21st Century

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AdaAva_3LD   Photo  Yi Zhao

 

ArtsEmerson is dedicated to bringing compelling and experimental theatre from all parts of the world to Boston. On January 10, Manual Cinema, a company that devises works that cross the line between cinema and theatre brought Ada/Ava to ArtsEmerson’s Paramount Theatre.  First produced in 2013, Ada/Ava is the second full-length production by this young Chicago collective of five. Since then they have added three more productions and become known in the US and abroad. (Continue reading » )

The Europe Theatre Prize 2017 : A round up of all the events!

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Ashes to Ashes
Huppert et Irons à Rome..

Yana Meerzon, from the University of Ottawa, attended the event.

The 16th ceremony of the Europe Theatre Prize and the Europe Prize Theatrical Realities took place from December 12 to  17,  2017, in Rome. The  event  included presentations of the artists’ work, public discussions, round-tables and selected productions.  

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Performance no.43 -” Filth” – de la compagnie estonienne

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No 43 Filth
Photo /Tiit Ojasoo

Janine Bailly paru dans Madinin-art.net, Martinique

La performance NO43 de la compagnie estonienne Tallinn  est une forme de théâtre inédite, troublante au point de générer chez certains un indicible malaise. Que l’on apprécie ou non, on ne sort pas indemne de ce spectacle, tant il distille une impression de violence, physique et mentale, tant il illustre la vilénie de l’être humain, son individualisme forcené, la brutalité de ses instincts et des rapports qu’il entretient avec ses semblables. « Toute la souillure et le mal dont l’homme est capable, en neuf personnages », dit un critique. (Continue reading » )

Roma Armee : Doing it right! Production of Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin.

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Roma Armee
photo: Ute LangKafel

Doing it right!

Yael Ronen, an Israeli theatre director working for the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin, has a reputation of one of the most socially, culturally and politically aware theatre artist of Europe. The Gorki’s latest creation –  Roma Armee that premiered in Berlin in September 2017 – is a proof in point. Devised by the international team of eight performers, all ethnic Roma, this production speaks directly to the most dangerous tendencies in the post-Brexit Europe: such as rising nationalism, xenophobia and racism. (Continue reading » )

The Virgin Suicides: dying in the age of suicide.

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Virgin Suicide
Photo: Judith Buss

A Production of the Munich Kammerspiele winner  of XIV Europe Prize Theatrical Realities, 2017

Inspired by the 1993 novel The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides and  the 1999 film adaptation by Sofia Coppola, Susanne Kennedy’s production looks at the difficult issue of teenage suicide that has become a curse of today’s society. An exploration of the impossible journey through a near-death experience, the production is structured after the Tibetan Book of the Dead. It follows the death voyage of the now deceased 13 year old girl, Cecilia, from the highly religious Lisbon family in the  US. (Continue reading » )

43- Filth : trapped in our useless and muddy reality of being?

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A production from Tallin, Estonia: the winner of XIV Europe Prize Theatrical Realities, 2017.

43-Mud, photo Tiit Ojasoo,  Europe prize in Rome

The end of the world has come, there is nowhere to go, we are trapped in our uselessness and muddy reality of being… that is the message that Theatre N099 and its performance No 43 – Filth want to convey.  The statement is not new, the passion it carries is not surprising, the methods it uses are curious.

The collective “we” the company uses – both in its promotional material and on stage – is recognizable but bothering. Do we really come from mud and die in it? Are we all the soul-less golems with no faith or fear left? Is there any hope left? The Estonian directors Tiit Ojasoo and Ene-Liis Semper seem to have no positive answer. (Continue reading » )

Festival Quatre Chemins Entretien avec Guy Régis Jr.

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guy régisGuy Régis Jr. a pris la direction artistique de ce festival en 2014, à la suite  de la Fokal, qui l’avait fondé à la demande d’artistes haïtiens: comédiens, musiciens, plasticiens, réunis en collectif, sous la houlette de Daniel Marcelin, metteur en scène et directeur du Petit Conservatoire jusqu’à sa fermeture en 2014. Le jeune artiste revenait d’un séjour de six ans en France. « J’ai quitté Haïti, dit-il pour croiser mon travail avec d’autres artistes, ici, je continue ». (Continue reading » )

The State of Siege (l’état de siège): A political warning

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État de siège

État de siège, Photo de Jean Louis Fernandez

Albert Camus’ 1948 play The State of Siege (L’État de Siège) is presently touring the U.S. in a production by Paris’ celebrated Théâtre de la Ville. This is the company’s third visit to this country, but its first to Boston where it opened on November 9 at ArtEmerson’s Majestic Theatre.

Camus was invited to write the play by the actor and mime Jean-Louis Barrault then also France’s leading director. As early as the late 1930s, Barrault began developing ideas for a drama based on the plague. At first, he collaborated with Antonin Artaud whose interest lay not in dialogue, but in creating a powerful theatre of ritual, imagery, and movement which ultimately through assaulting the audience’s senses would have a cathartic effect. The two men split up because Artaud’s ideas were too extreme for Barrault and the converse was true for Artaud. (Continue reading » )

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