Théâtre du Radeau
- T2G – Théâtre de Gennevilliers
September 26 to October 18
First come the texts. They are arranged like a flamboyant tapestry - a flood of theatre extracts, and poems, fragments caught in motion. These texts are reminders of the word itself, which Michel Foucault longed to “slip inside”, and “be enveloped by, carried off far beyond all possible beginnings”. They are coupled with echoing music, costumes, lights - and a precariously balanced stage set, through which Shakespeare, Molière, Calderon, Flaubert and many others weave their path, accompanied by their guests: Beethoven, Schubert, Cage, and Xenakis among others. What we have is a brotherhood of ghosts who are full of life, and which Théâtre du Radeau has been summoning up and making heard for 30 years, rearranging their fleeting voices from fugue into impromptu. Coda, Ricericar, the project lead by François Tanguy is just a vast Passim - the Latin term referring to the recurrence of a word in several places. Here, the project turns into crafted hypertext, a mind space which actors and spectators navigate side by side. In this zone, snatches of texts haunt, and go right through us - carried along by the free interplay of associations.
From out of this theatre, long since cast off from any narrative thread, images arise - of death, excess, and love, following in the steps of the dream-like, evanescent dramaturgy. It is as though each text reaches out to and takes in all the others, in an interplay of reflections forming a theatrical kaleidoscope. Within this heteroclite workshop, panels slide back and forth on the cobbled up stage-set, exposing actors as if they had been torn from a picture, the paint still wet. Passim extends beyond the framing of its own making, and etches out the outline of what theatre could still be, and make happen.
Directed by and stage design by, François Tanguy
Sound creation, François Tanguy and Éric Goudard
Lighting design, François Tanguy, François Fauvel, and Julienne Havlicek Rochereau
With Laurence Chable, Patrick Condé, Fosco Corliano, Muriel Hélary, Vincent Joly, Carole Paimpol, Karine Pierre, Jean Rochereau and the participation of Anne Baudoux
Stage manager, François Fauvel
Lighting manager, François Fauvel, Julienne Havlicek Rochereau
Sound manager, Éric Goudard
Stage set construction, François Fauvel, Vincent Joly, Julienne Havlicek Rochereau, François Tanguy, Éric Goudard and the Radeau team
Administration, bursary, Pascal Bence, Leila Djedid, Annick Lefranc, Franck Lejuste, Martine Minette, Nathalie Quentin, Sonny Zouania, accompanied by Claudie Douet
A coproduction by Théâtre du Radeau (Le Mans) ; Théâtre National de Bretagne-Centre Européen Théâtral et Chorégraphique ; MC2, Maison de la Culture de Grenoble ; Le Grand T, Théâtre de Loire-Atlantique (Nantes) ; LU-le lieu unique, Scène Nationale de Nantes ; Centre Dramatique National de Besançon-Franche-Comté // In collaboration with T2G – Théâtre de Gennevilliers, centre dramatique national de création contemporaine ; Festival d’Automne à Paris // Le Théâtre du Radeau receives subsidies from Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles des Pays de la Loire, le Conseil Régional des Pays de la Loire, le Conseil Général de la Sarthe et la Ville du Mans. It is supported by Le Mans Métropole. // With support from Adami // This piece is part of the Parcours d’auteurs artistic and cultural education project supported by the SACD // The piece was first presented on 7 November 2013 at Théâtre National de Bretagne as part of the Festival Mettre en Scène
In partnership with France Culture