Mohamed El Khatib

La vie secrète des vieux

Theatre
Théâtre de la Ville – Les Abbesses
septembersept 12 – 26
Espace 1789, scène conventionnée danse – Saint-Ouen
octoberoct 8 – 9
Théâtre Cinéma de Choisy-le-Roi – Scène conventionnée d’intérêt national art et création pour la diversité linguistique
octoberoct 11
Points communs – Théâtre 95
decemberdec 18 – 19
1/2

Creation 2024

1h10

Minimum age 15 years

Prices € 8 to € 33
Subscribers € 8 to € 28

Théâtre de la Ville – Les Abbesses

Thursday september 12

20h00

Friday september 13

20h00

Saturday september 14

20h00

Monday september 16

20h00

Tuesday september 17

20h00

Wednesday september 18

20h00

Friday september 20

20h00

Saturday september 21

20h00

Sunday september 22

15h00

Tuesday september 24

20h00

Wednesday september 25

20h00

Thursday september 26

20h00

Espace 1789, scène conventionnée danse – Saint-Ouen

Tuesday october 8

20h00

Wednesday october 9

20h00

Théâtre Cinéma de Choisy-le-Roi – Scène conventionnée d’intérêt national art et création pour la diversité linguistique

Friday october 11

20h00

Points communs – Théâtre 95

Wednesday december 18

20h00

Thursday december 19

20h00

Conceived by Mohamed El Khatib. With in alternation (in progress) Annie Boisdenghien, Micheline Boussaingault, Marie-Louise Carlier, Chille Deman, Martine Devries, Jean-Pierre Dupuy, Jacqueline Juin, Jean-Paul Sidolle, Yasmine Hadj Ali. Dramaturgy and artistic coordination Camille Nauffray. Scenography and artistic collaboration Fred Hocké. Video Emmanuel Manzano. Sound design Arnaud Léger. Stage management Jonathan Douchet. Production management Gil Paon. Press Nathalie Gasser.

Production Zirlib
Coproduction (in progress) Points communs – Nouvelle scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise et du Val d’Oise ; Comédie de Genève ; Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles ; Théâtre national de Bretagne ; Tandem Scène nationale ; Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand – Scène nationale ; Théâtre Garonne – Scène européenne ; Équinoxe – Scène nationale de Châteauroux ; TnBA – Théâtre national de Bordeaux en Aquitaine ; MC2: Grenoble Scène nationale ; Festival d’Avignon ; La Coursive – Scène nationale de La Rochelle ; Espace 1789, scène conventionnée danse – Saint-Ouen ; Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines – Scène nationale ; Théâtre du Bois de l’Aune ; Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse ; Festival d’Automne à Paris 
Residency Mucem ; Le Channel, scène nationale de Calais ; CIRCA – La Chartreuse
Zirlib is subsidised by the Drac Centre-Val de Loire – ministère de la Culture and the city of Orléans 
Mohamed El Khatib is an associate artist of the Théâtre de la Ville-Paris, the Théâtre National de Bretagne and the Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles.
With the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès

The Festival d’Automne à Paris is co-producer of this show and present it as a co-realisation with the Théâtre de la Ville-Paris. 

With the support of

Mohamed El Khatib furthers his passion for documentary theatre by tackling a subject that he brings from out of the shadows, namely that of eroticism and the love lives of “oldies”. Put together in a daring yet tender way, his new piece explores this theme from the perspective of desire, thereby going against the usual connotations associated with old age. 

More often than not, we view old age through the prism of “withdrawal”: the dimming of the senses, the onset of different forms of handicap, and the gradual "de-generation" of the body. Driven by a deep conviction that our elders have much "to bring" and can "re-generate", Mohamed El Khatib explores the sphere of eroticism in their lives. The announcement of the show as one with a cast of around ten people "depending on their longevity" sets the show's humorous tone. This, of course, is only made possible via the relationship of trust that has been built up between the artist and the performers. The leitmotifs of the author-director are, amongst others, to give real people access to the stage, and to write for them, considering them not as amateurs, but as experts in their field. He seeks to make their own words dance on the fine border between reality and fiction. This new work constitutes a light-filled clearing in the middle of a forest of taboos, pitfalls and ways of thinking inherited from the past. It conjures up a magnificent landscape of love amongst the elderly. Beneath the effrontery and deep issues it tackles, an authentic, free spoken word gently flows. It is a sumptuous tribute to the inventiveness of sensuality.

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decemberdec 19

Talents Adami Theater, Mohamed El Khatib
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