By Joël Pommerat and the Compagnie Louis Brouillard
With Saadia Bentaïeb, Agnès Berthon, Yannick Choirat, Éric Feldman, Philippe Frécon, Yvain Juillard, Anthony Moreau, Ruth Olaizola, Gérard Potier, Anne Rotger, David Sighicelli, Maxime Tshibangu, Simon Verjans, Bogdan Zamfir.
Director and Playwright Joël Pommerat Set Design and Lighting Design Eric Soyer Costume Design and Aesthetic Research Isabelle Deffin Wigs Estelle Tolstoukine, Julie Poulain Couture/Costumes Elise Leliard, Claire Lezer, Lise Crétiaux and the Nanterre-Amandiers team Sound François Leymarie Musical Research Gilles Rico Sound Research and Spatialisation Grégoire Leymarie and Manuel Poletti (MusicUnit/ Ircam) Dramaturgy Marion Boudier Associate Artists Marie Piemontese, Philippe Carbonneaux Assistant Director Lucia Trotta. Historical Associate Guillaume Mazeau Dramaturgy and Documentation Assistant Guillaume Lambert Additional Dramaturgy and Documentation Back-up Marie Maucorps Historical Adviser Assistant Aurore Chery Technical Director Emmanuel Abate Lighting Engineers Julien Chatenet, Gwendal Malard Sound Engineers Grégoire Leymarie, Philippe Perrin Stage Technicians Jean-Pierre Costanziello, Mathieu Mironnet, Pierre-Yves Le Borgne Dressers Claire Lezer, Siegrid Petit-Imbert, Lise Crétiaux Assistants « Forces vives » David Charier, Lucia Trotta
The piece.Ça ira (1) Fin de Louis is a contemporary, political fiction, inspired by the 1789 revolution which ushered in modern France. The play interrogates political ideologies and the decision-making process : the national assembly, the debates, the bubbling agitation of ideas. In the midst of this confrontation, what is it that actually pushes men and women into action? What gives us the urge to take position, to overthrow power? What new relationships need to be established between the individual and society, between citizens and their elected officials? Somewhere between fiction and reality, Ça ira (1) Fin de Louis portrays this battle for democracy, placing the audience at the heart of the action.
With Ça ira (1) Fin de Louis, Joël Pommerat reveals the processes of making politics and making theatre. His is a fundamentally democratic theatre, intelligible to all, that plunges the audience into the ideological turmoil of the French revolution, and takes a fresh look at the necessity of political engagement. The play is based on the major historical events of the French revolution, from the financial crisis and convening of the Estates-General by Louis XVI in 1789 to the beginnings of the counter-revolution in 1790-91. In a radical break from the myth of a hero story, Joël Pommerat highlights the collective and improvised nature of the revolutionary process, and the multiplicity of its participants. Playing numerous roles, the fourteen actors transform the stage into an agora, with the spoken word at the centre of the drama. This piece, which presents a story on a human scale, can be seen many times for its inexhaustibly rich artistic and political matter
Production. Compagnie Louis Brouillard.
All of Joël Pommerat’s plays are published by Editions Actes Sud-Papiers, France.
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