Je suis un pays
Comédie burlesque et tragique de notre jeunesse passée
Je suis un pays, the latest show from the indefatigable Vincent Macaigne, stems from a text dating back to his youth. He uses it as a means to tackle our era... head-on.
The ever-resourceful Vincent Macaigne pursues the momentum he seems to have initiated with En manque, that of revisiting the past in order to tackle the future. Indeed, the point of departure for Je suis un pays is that of a text entitled Friche 22.66. He wrote it twenty years ago, and then directed it during his studies at the Conservatoire, before using it as the name for his company. Somewhere between the fairy-tale and epic drama, he uses this text as the driving force behind a “burlesque and tragical comedy of our forgotten youth”. Shifting between horror film, gothic revery and mythological saga, and amidst the dreams of the past and the nightmare of the future (and vice-versa), he confronts his post-adolescent illusions with today’s world. Stirring up the different registers with ample doses of communicative energy, itself the product of despair and revolt in equal measure, Vincent Macaigne builds up the portrait of a whole generation and of an era torn between increasingly unpalatable levels of immobility and dissatisfaction. Activating the dialectical framework that forms the basis of his work - intimate and political, individual and collective, resignation and contestation, obscurity and light -, Je suis un pays turns the stage into a powerful machine capable of overturning society, shaking it out of its golden slumber. But this machine is also an invitation for the theatre itself to make its way into theatre. Integrated into the show is Voilà ce que jamais je ne te dirai, an immersion-based performance during which a second group of spectators will be invited onto the stage.
Written, directed, visual and set design by Vincent Macaigne
With Sharif Andoura, Thomas Blanchard, Candice Bouchet, Thibaut Evrard, Pauline Lorillard, Blandine Madec, Rodolphe Poulain, and Hedi Zada
Stage design, Julien Peissel
Lighting, Jean Huleu
Props, Lucie Basclet
Assistant director, Salou Sadras
Administration Compagnie Friche 22.66, Altermachine, Camille Hakim-Hashemi, Elisabeth Le Coënt
A production by Cie friche 22.66 Théâtre de Vidy // Co-produced by Nanterre-Amandiers, centre dramatique national ; Théâtre de la Ville ; Grande Halle de la Villette ; and Paris Festival d’Automne à Paris ; Théâtre National de Bretagne/Rennes ; La Colline - théâtre national ; Paris Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg ; Théâtre national de Strasbourg ; Holland Festival Amsterdam ; La Filature ;Scène nationale – Mulhouse ; TANDEM scène nationale Arras-Douai ; Le Parvis Scène Nationale Tarbes-Pyrénées ; CDN Orléans/Loiret/Centre ; and Bonlieu Scène nationale, Annecy // Touring assistance provided by Pro Helvetia - Fondation suisse pour la culture // Compagnie Friche 22.66 receives support from DGCA - Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (FR) as a national Company. // With thanks to Théâtre de la Ville, Paris ; Le Parvis Scène Nationale Tarbes-Pyrénées ; and Théâtre Ouvert – Centre National des Dramaturgies Contemporaines // First performed on the 14th September 2017 at Théâtre de Vidy, Lausanne
Partnership with France Inter