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Vincent Macaigne

Idiot ! parce que nous aurions dû nous aimer

based on The Idiot by Fiodor Dostoïevski


    • Théâtre de la Ville
      October 1 to October 12
    • Nanterre-Amandiers, centre dramatique national
      November 4 to November 14

    Idiot ! is a show with much ranting and raving, heart-felt tears, a blend of the sublime and the festive, intimately-fought battles, dead and buried eras and undying hope. Vincent Macaigne first presented Idiot ! in 2009, an uproarious show, featuring nervous breakdowns and hardcore music, and based on fall-outs from Vincent Macaigne’s readings Fiodor Dostoïevski’s novel published, at a turning in point in his ideological convictions, in 1869. It gave us a taste of the full force of this young director, capable of banding together some of the most potent actors of their generation. Together they set about grasping, by the scruff of the neck, the story of this Prince Mychkine, a naive, debonair and altogether “inept” protagonist, who ideals are trampled upon by society, but who never “sinks into despair”. Since that time, the very same questions that Vincent Macaigne posed in his “stage book”, taken from The Idiot, have never ceased to rear their heads, indiscernibly or not, in subsequent and highly-acclaimed creations like Au moins j’aurais laissé un beau cadavre (2011), inspired by the myth of Hamlet . How far should we go in our fight for what we believe to be the Truth? From what point do our purest struggles   become malignant? Six years after the creation of this madcap, aesthetic manifesto-like show, Vincent Macaigne now serves up a second version. “It was definitely not about adapting it for today’s tastes, that would’ve been a bit sad”. But rather to give a second hearing to the young artist that he was at the time, and reaffirm, time and time again, the burning necessity for naivety in the face of cynical resignation.

    Written, directed, visual and stage conception by, Vincent Macaigne
    Stage design, Julien Peissel
    Lighting design, Kélig Le Bars
    Video, Thomas Rathier
    Assistantship, Dan Artus
    With Avec Dan Artus, Servane Ducorps, Thibault Lacroix, Pauline Lorillard, Vincent Macaigne, Emmanuel Matte, Rodolphe Poulain, Thomas Rathier, Pascal Reneric and Pascal Reneric.

    A production by Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne // A coproduction by Cie Friche 22.66 ; le lieu unique, scène nationale de Nantes ; Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy et La Bâtie – Festival de Genève as part of the PACT project which benefits from FEDER with the INTERREG IV A France-Suisse program; Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers ; Théâtre de la Ville-Paris ; Festival d’Automne à Paris // In collaboration with Théâtre de la Ville-Paris ; Festival d’Automne à Paris (for performances from 1st October to 12 October) // With help from MC2: Grenoble // With the support from the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication // With support from Adami // The piece was first presented on 11th September 2014 at Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne

    First version produced by : MC2: Grenoble, Théâtre National de Chaillot-Paris, Théâtre National de Bretagne - Rennes, CDN d’Orléans–Loire–Centre, ARCADI (Action Régionale pour la Création Artistique et la Diffusion en Île-de-France), Cie Friche 22.66, CNT.

    In partnership with France Inter