Théâtre du Radeau
François Tanguy Soubresaut


With Soubresaut, François Tanguy gives us a new fresco in perpetual movement. Kafka, Labiche and Dante, Bach and Kagel will be rubbing shoulders there. In addition to a multitude of characters and situations, this continual reinvention of shapes is something we have come to expect from Théâtre du Radeau.
In 1982, François Tanguy, a distinctive figure in French theatre became the director of Théâtre du Radeau. He has been conjuring up theatrical magic with them ever since. After basing themselves on the classics, such as Molière, Shakespeare and Büchner, the company broke away from narrative and dramatic thread with its 1991 production of Chant du bouc. Since then, nine creations have brought Radeau and its audiences to an island of an extraordinary nature. It is a place where theatre is shaped in a way that we might sculpt matter of some kind. It is pulled apart into fragments and examined, in search of its form, quality of sound, or feel. It is then taken back to the workshop, where it is given a good polishing before being transformed into a gem and/or scaffolding. In Soubresaut, the stage becomes, once again, a crossroads in which moving bodies and mobile stage decors cross each other’s paths, in response to fragments of the history of theatre and the literary arts. The invitation extends to all genres: poetry, novels, diary notes, and essays. Among a whole host of others, you might hear the voices of Franz Kafka, Paul Celan, Ovid, Peter Weiss, or Eugène Labiche. Such outpourings are given free voice, and become part of the interplay between the permanent construction and deconstruction of stage and posture. Keeping the whole lot under control are the occasional nods in the direction of cinema, false playing of instruments and return journeys on makeshift slides.