The Avignon “off” Festival continues until Saturday July 31st. Like all cultural events, this vast gathering of live entertainment will, from Wednesday, July 21, submit to the rule of the sanitary pass. Hopefully this new measure will not discourage festival-goers as there are so many beautiful creations to discover in the 116 places of this abundant meeting.
This 2021 edition of the “off” has 1,070 proposals. So, inevitably, it is impossible to see everything. But here are, among the fifteen shows that we were able to discover, our “favorites”, in very different artistic registers.
- “Incandescences”, by Ahmed Madani: an enchanting hymn to youth
What a success is this third part of the trilogy imagined by Ahmed Madani to tell the story of the youth of working-class neighborhoods! Galvanizing, touching, funny, this sentimental and intimate chronicle, of which love is the common thread, features nine actors who confide in each other and summon their memories with communicative energy.
They are called Philippe, Virgil, Merbouha, Julie, Marie, Izabela, Ibrahima, Aboubacar, Jordan and tell each other, between reality and fiction, with a sincerity that touches the heart and cannot be forgotten. Quest for identity, discovery of sexuality, weight of traditions, relationships between men and women and acceptance to be guided by feelings, scenes and themes follow one another and the public is caught up in these testimonies where pride mingle, doubt and hope.
Ahmed Madani has the gift to collect the words of these young people and transform it into a fascinating and wonderfully staged universal story. After Illumination(s) (2013) and F (l) ammes (2018), this third part is the perfect end to a theatrical adventure that is performance-related.
“Incandescences”, text and staging by Ahmed Madani, at the Théâtre des Halles, in Avignon, until July 30, at 11 am. Break on Tuesdays. Then on tour from November 9 to 27 in Brussels, December 2 in Béziers, on 10 in Sevran, on 14 in Val-de-Reuil, on 16 in Cachan, etc. The text of the play is published by Actes Sud editions.
- “The Metamorphosis of the storks”, by Marc Arnaud: a goblet, a thousand possibilities
It is the story of a man alone in front of a cup in a semen collection room. The nurse has just explained the whole “protocol” to him, his wife is in the operating room for the ovarian puncture, in short, for him, there is nothing more than. Yes but here it is, this moment so prosaic to allow a child to be produced by in vitro fertilization (IVF) can become a source of questions. In a remarkably interpreted solo, Marc Arnaud reveals his states of mind as a father in the making and plays all the characters crossed during this adventure that is both serious and joyful, intimate and poetic.
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