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Jeanne Candel

Le Goût du faux et autres chansons


    • Théâtre de la Cité internationale
      November 24 to December 13

    Tailcoat-clad musicians whizzing round on skis, a wacky expedition across the human body, opera scenes stranded somewhere between Monty Python, Henry Purcell and Virgil’s Aeneid... With its ability to slalom between lyrical sequences and absurd goings on, Le Crocodile trompeur/ Didon et Énée, co-devised by Jeanne Candel and Samuel Achache, ranked amongst the most potent theatrical UFO’s on the young theatre scene in 2013. The piece allowed audiences to discover the work of a band of actors and musicians that had come together as the La vie brève artists’ collective (also behind Robert Plankett in 2011). The collective comprises a generation of artists who are particularly at home in the art of hybrid forms. With Jeanne Candel once again at the helm, their latest project, Le Goût du faux et autres chansons, developed through improvisation work with twelve actor-musicians, is likely to be just as bewildering as the preceding piece. The reason being that, on the one hand, the work is split, in enigmatic fashion, into two distinct, complementary parts which mirror each other. On the other hand, the mythical, the sublime, and the trivial are scattered into a myriad of short pieces or sketches, built up from musings on Botticelli, the painter and Borges, the writer. To complicate matters even further, these sketches are fitted into Ovid’s Metamorphoses, which are in turn combined with snatches of scientific texts on the construction of the universe. Thus, we are presented with the components of a far-fetched and limitless exquisite corpse, which seeks to look again, via the association of images and the ricochet of ideas, at the unsolvable question of the origin of the world.


    Directed by, Jeanne Candel
    By and with Jean-Baptiste Azema, Charlotte Corman, Caroline Darchen, Marie Dompnier,Vladislav Galard, Lionel Gonzalez, Florent Hubert, Sarah Le Picard, Laure Mathis, Juliette Navis, Jan Peters, and Marc Vittecoq
    Set design, Lisa Navarro
    Lightning design, Vyara Stefanova
    Stage management and set builder, François Gauthier Lafaye
    Construction, Flavien Renaudon Hardy
    Costume designer, Pauline Kieffer
    Assistance to the director, Douglas Grauwels, and Nans Laborde-Jourdaa
    Administration and production, Claire Guièze / Le Petit Bureau

    A production by La vie brève // A coproduction with La Comédie de Valence-CDN Drôme Ardèche ; Théâtre Garonne ; Le Parvis scène nationale de Tarbes ; Théâtre de Vanves ; Théâtre de la Cité internationale ; Festival d’Automne à Paris // In collaboration with Théâtre de la Cité internationale ; Festival d’Automne à Paris // With support from the Ministère de la Culture-DRAC Île-de-France and from Pylones – créateur d’objets à Paris. // Jeanne Candel is Associate Artist at the Théâtre de la Cité internationale, with the support of Région Île-de-France and la Ville de Paris. La vie brève is an associate company to Théâtre Garonne. // This piece is part of the Parcours d’auteurs artistic and cultural education project supported by the SACD // With the support of Adami
    With the support of ENSATT
    The piece was presented for the first time on the 12th November 2014 at the Comédie de Valence