Julien Gosselin

Le Passé

Archive 2022

Adapted and staged by Julien Gosselin
Stage work, Eddy d’Aranjo
Staging assistant, Antoine Hespel
Text, Leonid Andreyev
Translation into French, André Markowicz
Featuring Guillaume Bachelé, Joseph Drouet, Denis Eyriey, Carine Goron, Victoria Quesnel, Achille Reggiani, Maxence Vandevelde
Stage design, Lisetta Buccellato
Music, Guillaume Bachelé, Maxence Vandevelde
Lights, Nicolas Joubert
Video, Jérémie Bernaert, Pierre Martin
Sound, Julien Feryn
Costumes, Caroline Tavernier, Valérie Simonneau
Accessories, Guillaume Lepert
Masks, Lisetta Buccellato, Salomé Vandendriessche
Set coordinator – creative, Léo Thévenon
Set coordinator – tour, Simon Haratyk, Guillaume Lepert
Set manager, David Ferré
Lights coordinator, Zélie Champeau
Sound coordinator, Hugo Hamman,  Jules Lotscher
Video coordinator, Céline Baril, David Dubost, Baudouin Rencurel
Costumes coordinator, Florence Tavernier
Technical interns, Pierrick Guillou, Audrey Meunier
Administration, production, broadcast, Eugénie Tesson
Tour and cultural action organized by Marion Le Strat
Administration, Olivier Poujol
Technical director, Nicolas Ahssaine
Décor and painted canvas provided by Ateliers Devineau

Produced by Si vous pouviez lécher mon cœur
Co-produced by Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe (Paris); Le phénix, scène nationale de Valenciennes – pôle européen de création; Théâtre National de Strasbourg; Théâtre du Nord, CDN Lille – Tourcoing Hauts-de-France; Célestins, Théâtre de Lyon et Théâtre National Populaire de Villeurbanne; Maison de la Culture d’Amiens – a European prodution and creation hub; L’empreinte, Scène nationale Brive-Tulle; Château Rouge, scène conventionnée à Annemasse; La Comédie de Genève; Wiesbaden Festival; La Passerelle, scène nationale de Saint-Brieuc; Scène Nationale d’Albi; Romaeuropa; Festival d’Automne à Paris
With support from Montévidéo, T2G Théâtre de Gennevilliers – centre dramatique national
With exceptional support from DGCA/Drac Hauts-de-France artistic support from  Théâtre National Coréalisation MC93 – maison de la culture de Seine-Saint-Denis (Bobigny); Festival d’Automne à Paris

Drawing upon his customary mixture blend of theatre, texts, images, and musical creation, Julien Gosselin and his company Si vous pouviez lécher mon coeur also summon up, in this unique look at the past, painted canvasses, candle-lit footlights, flats, and ancient costumes. These glass-enclosed spaces cohabit with the camera, like images from the contemporary world.

Between the prolix decorum of a bourgeois salon, winter gardens, painted landscapes, and acting for those in the pit, Julien Gosselin and his seven actors and musicians bring us a homage to disappeared art and humanity. It is a profound reverence to times which are incomprehensible today, as if seen from space, or from the future. He mixes life and theatre all together, in a way which Leonid Andreev did with so much ardour. A parallel is drawn up between humanity's forthcoming disappearance and the present-day dissolution of a certain type of theatre. It is one which puts us in contact with lost worlds, human beings no longer in existence, and languages which have changed over the course of time. It gives us the opportunity to bring the dead back to life, even if for a fleeting moment.

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