Sébastien Kheroufi

Par les villages

Theatre
Centre Pompidou
decemberdec 13 – 22
Théâtre des Quartiers d'Ivry
januaryjan 22 – 26
1/3

3h20

Minimum age 14 years

Prices € 8 to € 24
Subscribers € 8 to € 16

Centre Pompidou

Friday december 13

20h00

Saturday december 14

20h00

Sunday december 15

17h00

Thursday december 19

20h00

Friday december 20

20h00

Saturday december 21

20h00

Sunday december 22

17h00

Théâtre des Quartiers d'Ivry

Wednesday january 22

20h00

Thursday january 23

20h00

Friday january 24

20h00

Saturday january 25

18h00

Sunday january 26

16h00

Directed by Sébastien Kheroufi. Text Peter Handke. German translation Georges-Arthur Goldschmidt – Éditions Gallimard. Assistant director Laure Marion. With Amine Adjina, Anne Alvaro, Casey, Hayet Darwich, Ulysse Dutilloy-Liégeois, Benjamin Grangier, Reda Kateb, Gwenaëlle Martin (casting to be finalised). Collaboration on the dramaturgy Félix Dutilloy-Liégeois. Stage management Malounine Buard. Set design Zoé Pautet. Costumes Cloé Robin. Lighting design Enzo Cescatti. Sound design Matéo Esnault. Photographs Léo Aupetit. With the artistic collaboration of Laurent Sauvage. With the exceptional participation of the residents of Ivry-sur-Seine. With the support and kindness of the author Peter Handke.

Production Compagnie La Tendre Lenteur ; Théâtre des Quartiers d’Ivry—CDN du Val- de-Marne as part of the association with Sébastien Kheroufi
Coproduction Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou ; Théâtre de Corbeil-Essonnes – Grand Paris Sud ; Centre d’art et de culture – Espace culturel Robert Doisneau – Ville de Meudon ; Festival d’Automne à Paris 
Set construction Ateliers du Théâtre Gérard Philipe – CDN de Saint-Denis
With the support of the Drac Île-de-France – ministère de la Culture ; Ateliers Médicis ; L’Azimut ; Fonds de dotation Porosus ; ENSATT's professional integration programme ; Fonds d’insertion pour Jeunes Comédiens·nes de l’ESAD – PSPBB et du ministère de la Culture as part of the CulturePro programme ; Les Aventurier·e·s ; Cromot –Maison d’artistes et de production ; Jeune théâtre national ; Bergers en Scène d’Ivry association
This project is a 2023 recipient of the Fonds régional pour les talents émergents - FoRTE, financed by the Île-de-France Region
The company La Tendre Lenteur is assisted by the Tapioca office

The Centre Pompidou and the Festival d'Automne à Paris are co-producers of this re-creation, and are presenting it in co-realisation with the Théâtre des Quartiers d'Ivry - CDN du Val-de-Marne.

Sébastien Kheroufi discovered Peter Handke's Par les villages at the onset of his artistic career. It evokes a writer's return to his native village. Amidst the twilight setting in which one universe declines in favour of another, the voices of the “offended and humiliated” break their silence.

Some leave the village, others remain. A brother leaves for the city. He becomes a writer. The other brother and sister stay, finding employment as a manual labourer and a saleswoman. One day, the writer returns to the village, he has inherited the family home. However, between yesterday and today, and between the brother who returns and the brother and sister who never left, a painful, abyss-like wound opens up. In this show, director Sébastien Kheroufi, in close collaboration with Peter Handke, transposes the Austrian author's village into a housing estate in the suburbs of a French city. In the 1960s, fruit trees, and fields of wheat and vegetables still grew here. As we bear witness to the social and geographical divide, and the opposing trajectories within the same family, our entire contemporary history unfurls before us, expressed via our innermost lives.

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