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May 2018

Cabu: Freehand theatre. Sketches from a theatre lover

15 May - 21 December
Maison Jean VIlar, 8 Rue de Mons
Avignon,
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Cabu, who was known and recognised for his illustrations in Hara-kiri, Charlie Hebdo, or the Canard Enchaîné, also used his talents as an exceptional cartoonist to sketch the world of theatre. From the 60s onwards, Cabu went to the theatre several times per week. He was a passionate theatre-goer - private and publicly funded theatres alike -  but with a particular attachment to the Comédie-Française. Cabu first went to the Festival in 1970, when it was still directed by Jean Vilar. He was a regular visitor, as testified by his sketchbooks. Year after year, Cabu was there to cast his…

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July 2018

“I am all of you listening”.
Jeanne Moreau, a life of theatre

6 July 2018 à 17h00 - 12 April 2019 à 18h00
Maison Jean VIlar, 8 Rue de Mons
Avignon,
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What would theatre be without actors, without the risks they take every night, without their shamelessness and intelligence? The passion of the audience finds its source in the characters they play and, oddly, from the start of the Festival d'Avignon, in the beauty, striking look, and presence of Jeanne Moreau. I am all of you listening explores the career of a woman who lived the history of the Festival from 1947 to 2011, beside Jean Vilar or Étienne Daho, with the words of Henrich von Kleist or Alfred de Musset, and in roles as different as Nathalie or Célestine. Even in 2014,…

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Scenographies at the Cloître des Carmes

7 July à 8h00 - 11 October à 17h00
Cloître des Carmes, Rue des Infirmières
Avignon,
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The Cloître des Carmes has been one of the magical places of the Festival d'Avignon since 1967. It hosted over 160 shows in its premises. How do the artists use this heritage setting to imagine the scenography and share their universe with the audience? Following the symposium organized by the Avignon University on June the 5th, 2018, the BnF branch at the Maison Jean Vilar proposes a selection of documents illustrating the rich aesthetic and theatrical history of the Cloître des Carmes. © Lunayka, d’après Angélica Liddell au Cloître des Carmes en 2016

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A History of the Festival d’Avignon in 72 posters

8 July à 12h00 - 13h00
Maison Jean VIlar, 8 Rue de Mons
Avignon,
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72 editions and as many posters.A history expressed every summer through a graphic, artistic, and political gesture. What do those posters tell us? What stories do they reinvent? In 45 minutes, Olivier Py, director of the Festival d'Avignon, plays at re-creating the periods, the directions, the complicities with talented graphic designers, the invitations to genius painters, the doubts about censored propositions. When the colours of France covered paper, when the turn towards the international introduced different tones and writings, when the mask became fold and the key disappeared! The history of the Festival is also that of a mineral city,…

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Reading of texts by François Esperet – Thieves

9 July à 11h00 - 12h00
Maison Jean VIlar, 8 Rue de Mons
Avignon,
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“In a prostituted Paris I often see them of an evening, the ridiculous princes of night, the beautiful stallions.” What if the beautiful according to François Esperet was born of the nauseous and the unsettling ? Four songs from a first epic poem which are as many implicit tributes to William Faulkner or to the thieves of the New Testament.   François Esperet Contemporary writer François Esperet has already lived several lives. Multiplicity doesn't scare him—he studied at the Ecole Normale, and was a police officer, a political adviser, and an orthodox deacon—but seems to anchor him in a reality…

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Reading of texts by François Esperet – Winners

10 July à 11h00 - 12h00
Maison Jean VIlar, 8 Rue de Mons
Avignon,
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“The hidden white foundation all over her face, and unmasked breasts and milky arse.” Black, black is the reality of those night workers who, in a novel/poem, leave the reader in a limbo as beautiful as it is dark.   François Esperet Contemporary writer François Esperet has already lived several lives. Multiplicity doesn't scare him—he studied at the Ecole Normale, and was a police officer, a political adviser, and an orthodox deacon—but seems to anchor him in a reality and a spirituality linked by writing, and in particular by poetry. Focusing on the intensity and absolute quality of his poems,…

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Reading of texts by François Esperet – Visions de Jacob

11 July à 11h00 - 12h00
Maison Jean VIlar, 8 Rue de Mons
Avignon,
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“The hidden white foundation all over her face, and unmasked breasts and milky arse.” Black, black is the reality of those night workers who, in a novel/poem, leave the reader in a limbo as beautiful as it is dark. François Esperet Contemporary writer François Esperet has already lived several lives. Multiplicity doesn't scare him—he studied at the EcoleNormale, and was a police officer, a political adviser, and an orthodox deacon—but seems to anchor him in a reality and a spirituality linked by writing, and in particular by poetry. Focusing on the intensity and absolute quality of his poems, he dives…

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The Bearded doll – How’s it going, world?

14 July à 11h00 - 12h00
Jardin de la rue Mons, 8 Rue de Mons
Avignon, France
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In a deserted camp, after the war, a young girl tells the story of her flight, of a collective rape, of the child growing inside her, of her hate, of war, and of her burgeoning love for Boy Killer. All with a child's falsely naive words, full of modest emotions. Jardin de la rue de Mons © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

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The five times i saw my father – how’s it going, world ?

15 July à 11h00 - 12h00
Jardin de la rue Mons, 8 Rue de Mons
Avignon, France
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“He's not dead yet, of course. He's alive and kicking, my father. He doesn't call, but everything seems to be going well. He's retired, he lives like people in the West live when they're retired.” Guy Régis, Jr., continues his exploration of family and absence. Commissioned by the Festival des Francophonies en Limousin. Adaptation of a short text written in residence at the Maison des auteurs of the Festival des Francophonies in Limoges, with a grant from the CNL. The five times I saw my father will be published by Gallimard in 2019. Jardin de la rue de Mons ©…

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A History of the Festival d’Avignon in 72 posters

15 July à 12h30 - 14h00
Maison Jean VIlar, 8 Rue de Mons
Avignon,
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72 editions and as many posters.A history expressed every summer through a graphic, artistic, and political gesture. What do those posters tell us? What stories do they reinvent?   In 45 minutes, Olivier Py, director of the Festival d'Avignon, plays at re-creating the periods, the directions, the complicities with talented graphic designers, the invitations to genius painters, the doubts about censored propositions. When the colours of France covered paper, when the turn towards the international introduced different tones and writings, when the mask became fold and the key disappeared! The history of the Festival is also that of a mineral…

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May your will be Kin – How’s it going world ?

16 July à 11h00 - 12h00
Jardin de la rue Mons, 8 Rue de Mons
Avignon, France
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Cette pièce est l'histoire d'une femme qui exige d'être aimée au milieu de la fureur d'une ville dont les ombres et les mirages se font chair afin de porter le désir et de rendre possible le rêve de l'amour et l'amour du rêve. L'histoire s'écrit dans une rue de Kinshasa, sur le trottoir plus précisément.   Jardin de la rue de Mons © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

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The Return of Kigali – How, its going world ?

17 July à 11h00 - 12h00
Jardin de la rue Mons, 8 Rue de Mons
Avignon, France
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Young Rwandan and European artists worked together on their relationship with the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Some of them were victims, other witnesses, some were born after, others only experienced it from afar. Dorcy Rugamba and Olivia Rosenthal translated and edited together texts by Mandali Léon Athanase, Désiré Bigirimana, Amélie Durand, Elitza Gueorguieva, Jean Delacroix Hakizimana, Aimée Ishimwe, Jean-Paul Kayumba, David Lopez, Louise Mutabazi, Natacha Muziramakenga, Élise Rida Musomandera, James Rwasa, Aimable Twiringiyimana, Cécile Umutoni. A story told by many voices.   Jardin de la rue de Mons © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

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Sisters of an Angel – How’s it going, world ?

18 July à 11h00 - 12h00
Jardin de la rue Mons, 8 Rue de Mons
Avignon, France
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Three young women aged 20 to 30 meet in a cemetery by the grave of a man they claim to have killed. They smoke, drink, play music, sing, and dance to prevent him from resting in peace. Never-ending vengeance as a means of emancipation. Winner of the Prix Inédits d'Afrique et Outremer 2018.   Jardin de la rue de Mons © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

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Ndinga’s Ball – How’s it going, world?

19 July à 11h00 - 12h00
Jardin de la rue Mons, 8 Rue de Mons
Avignon, France
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Written in 1987, a year before the death of its author, this short story in dialogue form takes place in the streets of Kinshasa on 30 June 1960, the day the Congo became independent. Dance, beer, happiness, and impatience... In a few hours' time, Ndinga, for now a houseboy, will have become a man.   Jardin de la rue de Mons © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

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Paroles de Gonz’ (A Lad’s Word)

21 July à 18h00 - 19h00
Maison Jean VIlar, 8 Rue de Mons
Avignon,
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Paroles de Gonz' is about those words men use when they have been taught not to be a gonzesse, a chick, but a gonz, a lad, a man, a warrior. By bringing together paroles and the slang term gonz, NadjetteBoughalem knew exactly what she was looking for: to collapse two realities which rarely cohabit, but also preconceived ideas which no longer work. The need for words is impossible to satisfy... In the Champfleuryneighbourhood where she used to work as a community organizer, the director brought many inhabitants to the theatre. Through what she calls an urban and contemporary practice, Paroles de Gonz' has therefore been a space where each…

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Paroles de Gonz’ (A Lad’s Word)

22 July à 11h00 - 12h00
Maison Jean VIlar, 8 Rue de Mons
Avignon,
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Paroles de Gonz' is about those words men use when they have been taught not to be a gonzesse, a chick, but a gonz, a lad, a man, a warrior. By bringing together paroles and the slang term gonz, NadjetteBoughalem knew exactly what she was looking for: to collapse two realities which rarely cohabit, but also preconceived ideas which no longer work. The need for words is impossible to satisfy... In the Champfleuryneighbourhood where she used to work as a community organizer, the director brought many inhabitants to the theatre. Through what she calls an urban and contemporary practice, Paroles de Gonz' has therefore been a space where each…

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Paroles de Gonz’ (A Lad’s Word)

22 July à 15h00 - 16h00
Maison Jean VIlar, 8 Rue de Mons
Avignon,
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Paroles de Gonz' is about those words men use when they have been taught not to be a gonzesse, a chick, but a gonz, a lad, a man, a warrior. By bringing together paroles and the slang term gonz, NadjetteBoughalem knew exactly what she was looking for: to collapse two realities which rarely cohabit, but also preconceived ideas which no longer work. The need for words is impossible to satisfy... In the Champfleuryneighbourhood where she used to work as a community organizer, the director brought many inhabitants to the theatre. Through what she calls an urban and contemporary practice, Paroles de Gonz' has therefore been a space where each…

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Actor’s writings

22 July à 18h00
Jardin de la rue Mons, 8 Rue de Mons
Avignon, France
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Dans l'écrin enchanteur du jardin de la rue de Mons, dix jeunes comédiens répètent en public et en musique l'adaptation radiophonique de La Chute de la maison, pièce mise en scène par Samuel Achache et Jeanne Candel dans le cadre des Talents Adami Paroles d'acteurs.   Écrits d'acteurs © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

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A History of the Festival d’Avignon in 72 posters

23 July à 12h00 - 13h00
Maison Jean VIlar, 8 Rue de Mons
Avignon,
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72 editions and as many posters.A history expressed every summer through a graphic, artistic, and political gesture. What do those posters tell us? What stories do they reinvent?   In 45 minutes, Olivier Py, director of the Festival d'Avignon, plays at re-creating the periods, the directions, the complicities with talented graphic designers, the invitations to genius painters, the doubts about censored propositions. When the colours of France covered paper, when the turn towards the international introduced different tones and writings, when the mask became fold and the key disappeared! The history of the Festival is also that of a mineral…

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Actor’s writings

23 July à 18h00
Jardin de la rue Mons, 8 Rue de Mons
Avignon, France
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Dans l'écrin enchanteur du jardin de la rue de Mons, dix jeunes comédiens répètent en public et en musique l'adaptation radiophonique de La Chute de la maison, pièce mise en scène par Samuel Achache et Jeanne Candel dans le cadre des Talents Adami Paroles d'acteurs. Écrits d'acteurs © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

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