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Flying over the Bosphorus

Sultanahmet square, where the six minarets of the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia are silent, the three bridges of the Bosphorus, the Leander’s tower, the estuary of the Golden Horn, the Princes’ Islands… Even deserted, Istanbul radiates. You can marvel at it from a distance thanks to Panorama Istanbul, launched in May by the town hall, right at the start of the Turkish confinement. With webcams placed in 28 different places and multiple 360 ​​° photos, this site allows you to fly over the city in real time up and down, alongside the seagulls.

Rediscover a mythical love

In 1877, Pierre Loti, then naval officer on mission in Istanbul, fell in love with Aziyadé, prisoner of a harem. Ten years later, he returns to a city he no longer recognizes, in search of him. But of her only a tomb remains. This story, the writer tells it in Aziyadé and Ghost of the East, two stories brought together by Florient Azoulay and Xavier Gallais in the play The Phantom of Aziyade. A success of the last Festival “off” in Avignon that we find in a radio version, where the whisper of Xavier Gallais transports us to the East, in the thoughts of a lonely man. An intimate experience welcome in this period of theatrical restriction.

“Le Fantôme d’Aziyadé”, by Pierre Loti, five episodes to listen to on France culture.

Taste a raki

With its 45 degrees of alcohol, this anise drink called “lion’s milk” would be reserved for the most robust. Obtained from the distillation of the grapes and flavored with green anise seeds, raki is inseparable from the Istanbul identity. Under the Ottoman Empire, it is consumed in the taverns, these taverns run by Greeks and Armenians. In today’s restaurants, raki accompanies mezze and grills. To taste it, pour a third of raki and two thirds of very fresh water in a high transparent glass, avoiding the ice cubes so as not to distort the mixture. Reckless lions can tempt him “sek”.

Deceive the evil eye

On a newborn baby’s clothes, a wedding dress, the drift of airplanes, everywhere in Turkey, the nazar boncugu is affixed to protect from nazar (that envious look responsible for the worst misfortunes). The origin of this blue eye on a white and yellow background dates back to Egyptian Antiquity and the legend of Horus, the falcon-headed god, son of Osiris. Torn off by Seth, broken into six pieces, it became a symbol of protection for the living and the dead. The nazar boncugu as we know it mostly coincides with the development of glass crafts in the Aegean and Mediterranean regions in 1500 BC. AD

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Trumpeter and composer Jacques Coursil is dead

Born in Paris, in the Montmartre district of 1938, to Martinican parents, Jacques Coursil died on June 26, in Aachen (Germany), where he lived. Trumpeter, singular composer, plural actor, brilliant linguist, he will have enchanted parallel worlds as much as he escapes from radars.

Laughing philosopher, dancing voice, crazy allure – later, dreadlocks and binoculars of library mice -, Coursil wrote this text in November 1968, in issue 2 of the review Current in black and white, first version: “Everyone has a chance: it’s just a matter of being ready when it comes. » Mantra offered to him by pianist Paul Bley in New York.

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Before settling in Montmartre, his father militated in Martinique with the Communist Party, his mother sang. Parents eagerly listen to Stellio, the island’s flagship clarinetist, who puts our West Indian fowl on the jazz track. Coursil learned the trumpet at 15 years old. Has the blues overturned the century? He knows it.

In 1958, stay under the flags in West Africa. Decolonization lived hot. During the referendum, Private Coursil made the assessor. Ask us to please go and get the “no” ballots. For some educational reasons, the French soldiers had only placed the pile of “yes”. Hop, here is our poet in the hole… He comes out to be welcomed in the Senghor house: “ You see ? Any young man should be sent to a poet. He travels through Africa. On his return, he discovers Barthes, Greimas, Foucault, Lacan…

In 1965, he rallied radical civil rights activists and, trumpet in hand, joined the founders of the New Thing

1965: assassination of Malcolm X. Coursil goes to New York, works with Mingus pianist Jaki Byard, rallies radical civil rights activists and, trumpet in hand, joins the founders of New Thing: in five sets, he is one of them. Duet with Bill Dixon, diverse and varied groups with Marion Brown, Arthur Jones, Sam Rivers, Alan Silva, Sunny Murray whom he leaves to join Frank Wright, all the free movement which draws the active tomorrows, there is.

This, little known: in the intergalactic horde of the great Sun Ra, he finds himself “lead trumpet”. It’s not nothing. Repetition: during a sight reading of an “unbelievable” score (the free, this is only rarely what we think), the second trumpet misses a sharp sharp.

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Culture, escape and “next world” on summer radio waves

France Inter: markets, imaginary and anthropocene festival

The summer grid of France Inter, which started on Saturday 27 June, honors in its morning the poet Arthur Rimbaud, whose travel writer Sylvain Tesson will narrate the tumultuous life inseparable from his work (“A summer with… Rimbaud”, Monday through Friday at 7:55 a.m.). While the historian Fabrice d’Almeida will deliver in “Secret Archives” (Monday to Friday at 8:55 am) parts of the confidential files of the Ministry of the Armed Forces.

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Before noon, far from the Parisian studios, Antoine Ly and Aurélie Sfez meet the French in the markets and villages (“Rendez-vous place du marché”, Monday to Friday at 11 am) to take the pulse of opinion out of confinement and scrutinize new consumption habits.

On weekends, Christophe Bourseiller opens the debate on work or populism in “The world after the summer” (Saturday at 12 noon, from July 12). The reporter Giv Anquetil comes back from “the world before” and offers an audible logbook “In this world where climate change continues to accelerate” (Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m.).

Music will also be celebrating despite the cancellation of major events, with “The imaginary festival of France Inter” (Monday to Thursday, at 9 pm) which will rebroadcast the best moments of significant editions, or the series of French-language radio stations devoted to “40 years of rap” (Saturday at 9 p.m., Sunday replay at 4 p.m.), or the program “Very good trip” dedicated to Bob Marley (Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m.).

France Culture: Seine, boards and major crossings

“The Seine of our loves”: all summer long, the writer François Sureau descends the hundreds of kilometers from the river to the sea for his morning chronicle of 7:12. And a “Large travel podcast” will allow Internet users to receive every day a selection of programs on this theme.

This year, “Les Grandes Traversées” will be dedicated to such eclectic personalities as Karl Marx, Margaret Thatcher and… Brigitte Bardot, as well as more discreet but no less exciting figures, like the West Indian psychiatrist Frantz Fanon and the Russian poetess Anna Akhmatova.

As for fiction, readers keen on thrillers will discover this year the last part of the trilogy Millenium, Swedish Stieg Larsson, aired by France Culture more than seven years before for the previous ones. Anne-Sophie Picon took over this creation, abruptly interrupted in 2013 by the death of director François Christophe.

The Avignon Festival will unfold in its own way with the many “Rêve d’Avignon” events, which will start on July 6 with Girl, by Irishwoman Edna O’Brien, a novel inspired by the stories of Nigerian high school girls survivors of Boko Haram read in several voices, including that of Barbara Hendricks, live from studio 104.

Europe 1: culture, travel and Pascale Clark

From July 6, Europe 1 offers to dive into diverse and varied universes. Every Sunday at 11 am, “The great summer talks” will give the floor to personalities from culture, sport and politics.

Every evening at 8 p.m. “En Musique! Presented by Émilie Mazoyer, will bring together the best concerts of French and international artists for an “ideal festival”. Literature will also be in the spotlight on Sunday at 2 p.m. with Nicolas Carreau who will explore the works of JRR Tolkien, Victor Hugo, Françoise Sagan or Boris Vian.

Escape will also be on the program with the daily program “Et si on partait? ”, From 4 to 6 pm, presented by Philippe Gougler, surrounded by several columnists – Olivier Poels and Emmanuelle Jary for gastronomy, Nathalie Helal for heritage, as well as Jean-Bernard Carillet, from the guide Lonely Planet. And throughout the summer, Pascale Clark resumes the program “Culture Medias” at 9 am.

RTL: a summer of chronicles

From July 6, the RTL antenna is punctuated by short new formats. Every morning at 6:10 a.m., an editorial department offers a thematic series. On Monday, the foreign service dives into the secret archives of the Quai d’Orsay. Tuesday is dedicated to the history of vaccines, Wednesday to sport, Thursday to economic and environmental themes. On Friday, the network of RTL correspondents will lead listeners to cafes in villages in France, passed on from generation to generation.

RTL also devotes a chronicle every Saturday at 7:20 a.m. to initiatives launched during the coronavirus crisis and supported by the Fondation de France. A little later on Saturday, at 8:22 am, in “it was the car of our holidays”, the journalist Christophe Bourroux follows the thread of the evolution of automobile brands to recount some significant eras of recent history. Also note Saturdays at 6:42 am, A book in my suitcase by Laurent Marsick, around children’s literature.

And also

France Musique inaugurates this Monday June 29 its summer grid, which will celebrate the birthdays of Isaac Stern, Beethoven, Charlie Parker and Herbie Hancock, the 1720s and 1920s, will take him on a trip to Mexico or the United States, and will even offer its own festival “Festival France Musique” every day (at noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.) by opening its studios to musicians or by going to their homes.

As of July 6, the France Info antenna is adorned with summer chronicles, several of which this year explore the “world after”, like “And now” by Alexandre Kouchner, “My city tomorrow” by Cécile Maisonneuve or “Ma vie après” by Neila Latrous.

Bernard Poirette, who left RTL for Europe 1 last year, sets up from July 13 at the microphone of the morning show of Classic Radio, which welcomes new chronicles like that of Laurence Haïm (“Direct USA”, at 8 h 25), or of the former Minister Hervé Mariton (“A summer in France”), for an unusual story of the most beautiful sites or villages to visit this summer.


Thousand, Blanco White, Brel… Back to our favorites albums


At the end of each month, we come back to recently marketed albums, which have received a positive critical reception from the Music section of the World. On the program today, recordings released between May 22 and June 19: a box set that brings together concerts by Jacques Brel in 1963 and 1966, and a filmed interview, made in 1971; Barricades, by lutenist Thomas Dunford and harpsichordist Jean Rondeau; the first album, folk and pop, of the British singer and guitarist Josh Edwards, under the name of Blanco White; the strange sound Eden of Thousand; saxophonist Barney Wilen and pianist Alain-Jean Marie as a duo at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 1993 and the collective effervescence of saxophonist Guillaume Perret’s quartet.

“Brel in Knokke – Farewell to Olympia – Brel speaks”, by Jacques Brel

A recital, given on July 23, 1963 at the casino of the Belgian seaside resort of Knokke-le-Zoute, an assembly of two concerts at the Olympia, in Paris, on October 28 and 29, 1966, and a filmed interview, return to Knokke -le-Zoute, July 8, 1971. These are the documents, restored in 2018, regularly presented by the Jacques-Brel Foundation in Brussels, created in 1981, which are collected in a box to find Jacques Brel (1929-1978) in all his strength as an interpreter.

The concert in Knokke, short, about thirty minutes, lets hear a constant vocal joy, even in the deepest emotion. The fervor of the public taking away that of Brel. Same triumph, at the Olympia, in 1966, in almost an hour, and even Brel’s impetus to give body and soul. With Brel speaks, the singer Brel, often laughing in tone, leaves on an idea in response to a question, escapes from it, returns to it. And we are swept away by this word back and forth. Sylvain Siclier

1 box of 2 CD and 2 DVD (or 1 Blu-ray) Barclay / Universal Music (released on May 22).

“Barricades”, by Thomas Dunford and Jean Rondeau

Unconventional as hell, the cover of this disc raises a long question mark. Like the album Atom Heart Mother (1970), of Pink Floyd. A photograph taken in the middle of nature presents the two musicians with a title, Barricades, whose logic cannot be overlooked. Standing in a freshly harvested field (the Baroque repertoire?), The lutenist Thomas Dunford and the harpsichordist Jean Rondeau represent the bases of a triangle whose top is marked by a tree with dense foliage (the timbre mixed with their instruments?).

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R & B : John Legend, love always

The world needs new love songs ? For the crooner american John Legend, who publishes his seventh studio album, Bigger Lovethere is no doubt : “My album is a declaration. It is time to give a little love, have a good time “, “he says behind his computer screen. Still confined to Los Angeles with his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, and their two children, John Legend was in the starting blocks when the epidemic of Covid-19 appeared : he had just finished his album, on which he worked for two years with producer Raphael Sadiq, and was ready to go on tour again.

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Finally, her drive, that could detonate in the current context, brings comfort and a desire to escape towards horizons more promising :Bigger Love, ” he says, is a song about resilience, the power of love, the one that helps you get through periods of very hard. I had thought of this prior to the pandemic, and I find that it has even more meaning today. “ John Legend, who had been engaged politically on his previous two albums, the collaborative Wake Up ! (2010), with the Roots, and Darkness and Light, published during the presidential campaign of 2016, performs here a volte-face.

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He no longer talks about her battle against overcrowding, the theme of his organization Free America, or the struggle of its elders for civil rights, a subject which has earned him an Oscar in 2015 in coécrivant with the rapper Common Glory, which appeared on the soundtrack to the film Selma, Ava DuVernay.

Themes lighter

On Bigger Lovethe themes are more light : a discussion on the pillow on the self-esteem, with Conversations in the Dark ; soaring romantic and erotica on Ooh Laa ; road trip sexy on Wild with the guitarist blues Gary Clark Junior ; memories of a love story gone to Remember Us. John Legend has all the air of a Al Green, who, in full swing of the movement of the Black Panthers in the early 1970s, roucoulait of its calls to the sensual to the union of the body : Let’s Stay Together, Tired of Being Alone, Love and Happiness. “I feel closer in terms of the career of Marvin Gaye, accurate John Legend. He also has sung about love, but he has written a lot of songs and political. My career has these two aspects. “

Teaming up again with Raphael Sadiq, bassist and singer, who already has to its credit several successful albums, including the famous Stone Rollin’ (2011), and with which he had registered in 2018 his Christmas album A Legendary Christmas, John Legend has also found the right balance, between his R & B, sometimes syrupy, and a soul music more adventurous : “Raphael adds his pinch of advice, ideas for each song, comments the singer and pianist. It is this that makes all the difference between a good album and a disc great, it is the contribution of a producer. “

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Benjamin Biolay : “Think of the legacy we will leave, this is the best way to miss his life.”

The French singer is the new guest of the ” Taste of M “, on the occasion of the release of his new album ” Grand Prix “.

Fecamp fishing port and city in the country

Aerial view of Fecamp with the abbey church of the Holy Trinity (Photo OT Fécamp)

Regardless of the option chosen to discover the country of Caux, we always end up butter on Fécamp. This city today 25 000 inhabitants, is nestled at the bottom of a deep valley with a flat bottom which, called the ” breach of Fécamp “, is framed by the highest cliffs in Normandy.

The cap Fagnet culminates in effect at 110 meters above the sea level. These cliffs qse lend themselves to beautiful walks are rich in flora and fauna and belong to the Natura 2000 european network.

The cliffs of the alabaster coast lends itself to beautiful walks (Photo OT Fécamp)

Going, then, to Senneville-sur-Fecamp, the sights are physical to name Hole of the dog, Door to the king and also Door to the Queen. It engaged at low tide from the docks of the pilot : caution : it is necessary to be well informed on the schedules and my coefficients of the tides !

Memories of writers

Baudri of Bourgueil, archbishop of Dol, has aptly described these places where he stayed between 1107 and 1120 : “This place, similar to the earthly paradise, is located in a beautiful valley, between two hills, on one side are the land of culture, on the other a forest delicious. They separate the country if also, that one would think made by the hands of men, and on the same days. The shadows formed by the branches are so thick, they delight the sight, protect the earth, stop the burning rays of the sun, and defend it against the rain. The trees grow right, but not enough to prevent the walk. The sea is very close to Fécamp. A water soft and crystal clear waters the valley. There are fountains, fertile gardens filled with apple trees… “

Guy de Maupassant, a writer and a native of the pays de Caux (he was exactly born at the château of Miromesnil), it has often referred to Fécamp, in particular in his successful novel La Maison Tellier : “The house was family, he writes, very small, painted yellow, at the corner of a street behind the church of Saint-Etienne, and, through the windows we could see the basin full of ships that are unloaded, the big salt marsh called “Restraint” and, behind, the coast of the Virgin, with its old chapel all gray.”

External view of the abbey of the Holy Trinity (Photo OT Fécamp)

A Fecamp, as at Etretat nearby, the beaches are pebbly. In the city, the houses are sometimes half-timbered, more often in bricks and marl-hewn, sometimes elaborate with equipment refined flint. The roofs are of slate. This town of Seine-Maritime is home to some beautiful buildings because it can boast of having been the ducal town and city abbey. It is still today quite flirtatious, and it is good to stroll. In addition to the abbey of the Holy Trinity, one will not fail to visit the museum of fisheries. Before you see the collections, it is necessary to climb to the sixth floor, where is located the belvedere : it allows a gorgeous 360-degree views of the city, on the cliffs, the sea and the port !

At the top of the Museum of fisheries, a special lookout !
At the crossroads of several worlds

Once the first cod-fishing port of France, Fecamp has not lost this link so close, so special with the sea. Of course, the “great fishing” has ended there are over thirty years old, and its port is home to more than twenty boats dedicated exclusively to the ” fresh peach “, but past the sea and laborious, both men have practiced the “great fishing” but also worked in the shipyards or in the fish canneries ! – still takes, quite logically, an important place in the collections as rich and eclectic from the museum of fisheries.

Out in the sea aboard old ships (Photo OT Fécamp)

In addition, the new tourist vocation of the city the leads to turn to beach activities and water sports. This does not date from today. Fécamp is, very soon, open to the fashion of sea bathing came to England, sparking a craze for the resorts summer : as soon 19832, a casino was built in front of the sea in the style of the time made of wood a two-tone ochre and brown. Today, Fécamp offers a wide range of activities : fishing trips in the sea, walk on the cliffs or along the cliffs, sailing, windsurfing, sea kayaking, swimming but also pleasant sea trips on board of old ships.

However, strolling in the city as in the various sections of the museum of fisheries, it is clear that Fecamp has never been turned exclusively towards the sea and has always lived in the meeting of several worlds.

The ” Bénec “

First, its industrial past was not just in the fish canneries and shipyards, as important as they have been. It is a very different industrial as evidenced by the Benedictine palace, a building combining the styles of neo-gothic and neo-renaissance.

The benedictine palace (Photo OT Fécamp)

This palace was built at the end of the XIXᵉ century Alexandre-Prosper Le Grand. It was a dealer in liquor who had made a fortune by inventing and marketing the liqueur Benedictine, which, locally, are known colloquially as ” Bénec “. And that you moved inevitably to the end of the meal.

For a long time also, “the cattle market of Fécamp has drained the city, while the rural hinterland, while its craftsmen -goldsmiths, cabinet-makers – were working for the owners of many castles and manors as for the well-off peasants,” confirms Marie-Hélène Desjardins, curator-in-chief of the museum of the fisheries by visiting the collections dedicated to furniture and objects of daily life : the heavy cabinets finely crafted wedding, clothing, ceramics, jewelry of gold and silver exposed witnesses, for example, the customs and past of the peasantry cauchoise.

“To create this course as to reconstruct the common room, the kitchen, the cambrette, I am based on the writings of journalist Jehan The Povremoyne, and in particular on his story called” My grandmother’s country (The Pucheux, 216 pages, 15 €), ” explains Marie-Hélène Desjardins.

Heavy cabinets ornate

In fact, at the museum of fisheries of Fécamp, the story of the journalist and the museum experience stick closely. Discover allows you to admire the heavy cabinets of normandy to the beautiful cornices, arched, all cleverly engineered, with recurring themes, such as the doves, in the case of cabinets of marriage. “The more there was of sculpted flowers, often of roses, plus the price of the cabinet was high, gliding Marie-Hélène Desjardins, noting that the” marriage of love was an ideal “home farmers,” even if the marriage of interest was commonly practiced “. “Traditionally, resumes the curator-in-chief, the woman was holding the purse strings in the country of Caux. The silver coin offered by the mother-in-law to daughter-in-law on the day of the wedding was the symbol. However, it was not possible to speak of matriarchy “.

Fécamp in practice

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*Tourist Office of Fécamp :

*Tourism Office of Seine Maritime :


*church-abbey of Fécamp :

*Benedictine palace in Fecamp :

*Museum of fisheries in Fécamp :

-hiking walking and cycling

*rent an electric bike to Fecamp :

-housing, restore :

*Hotel du grand pavois in Fecamp, 15, quay of the Viscounty.

-Restaurant Chez Nounoute 3, place Nicolas Selle in Fécamp :

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In the pays de Caux, the renaissance, the manoir du Catel

For all of these works, the manoir du Catel has obtained, in 2013, the Grand Trophy of the most beautiful restoration of a historical monument. A little 22-minute film released in 2019 tells the story of this restoration. To see it, click on the following link :

If this restoration is exemplary, Frédéric Toussaint, however, is not the end of his troubles or … of its investments. Paving the ground floor of stone slabs will involve, for example, to mobilize a budget of 50 000 € !

Special attention to children with visual impairment

Large efforts are also underway in the building that is on the other side of the courtyard closed by walls, in order to ” make it suitable for the reception of visitors and in particular school children, among which special attention will be paid to children with visual impairment “, explains Frédéric Toussaint. This building on the ground floor has the look of a common, such as are found in castles. Originally, he had not, however, out buildings : “at this location, was initially a second mansion, also flanked by two towers, which was the dwelling of the abbot of Fécamp “, explains Frédéric Toussaint. This second manor house has disappeared over the centuries.

Moats returned

Outside of the manor today, that changes ! This year, the staves have, for the first time, been returned to their original location. Certainly, they are three times less deep than it used to be, but when the drawbridge will be returned, the manoir du Catel will once again become what it was : an island fortified in the campaign.

In front of the mansion, at the top of the meadow that rises in a gentle slope up to the curtain formed by hedgerows of trees, a theatre was built. Usually, it is used during the festival of Words and Wonders, dedicated to the oral literature and storytelling. The third edition to be held in July 2020, has been postponed because of the pandemic of sars coronavirus. Still because of this pandemic, the mansion will not be open to the public this summer as it usually is. Frédéric Toussaint provides, however, that the Manoir du Catel will open to the public for the european Heritage Days 2020 (19-20 September). The program of the european Heritage Days : guided tours, guided walks, and also performance of the play “Dear Odon” of Nicolas Wapler in the Theatre. The entry will be free.

The 750 years of the Manoir du Catel will be celebrated, them, during the european Heritage Days 2021.


A verb that is alive and well for the resumption of performances

In the heart of Paris, the life seems to have resumed its course. The sidewalks are full of bystanders, the terraces of cafes are full. In this agitation, the metal bars lowered and red letters out, the theatres of the grands boulevards wait, inert, such vessels asleep.

At the end of the day, the 22 June, a crowd has formed in front of one of them. Microphones and cameras do not lose a crumb of the event : spectators entering the Theatre Antoine. They are the first for more than three months. The same morning, the limit of a gauge to 50 % of the rooms have been lifted, but many seats remain condemned for some health precautions.

As the lights fade, Jacques Weber made his entrance by the orchestra, in the middle of the public without sulking the pleasure of the reunion. The comedian indulges greedily in an exercise that he likes : reading his favorite authors, Hugo and Flaubert in the head. He tried to roll of words, jumped from one sentence to the other, while the applause and laughter wake up the walls that way.

“We dreamed of this moment since the 14th of march, welcomes Jean-Marc Dumontet, owner of the theatre in which, as soon as the curtain fell on this unique representation, closes its doors again. We had to reopen, if only for the symbol, but we can’t restart the season now.

Consultations poetic in the Theatre of the City

In another register, two steps from the Champs-Élysées, the words have also come back to the place that was their own. On the set of Space-Cardin where the City Theatre was home for the rehabilitation of his room, the word resonates with an acuity burning. The scaffold The witches of Salemthe last piece played here before, abrupt withdrawal in march, has not moved. It is the setting for Hold Lyricsthe show staged by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, the director of the place, as soon as the announcement of a possible resumption of the representations. Hold Lyrics draws its material from reports of the 6 000 consultations poetic conducted over the phone during and after the containment by the actors in the Theatre of the City and a quarantine of the other, recruited for the occasion, with men and women of all ages, teens, children, confined, sick, bereaved, caregivers…

The actors have taken the pulse of humanity as projected in a race outside the norm. This evening, re-opening, in front of an assembly of dispersed and hidden, they weave the scraps of life, is available in the texts and poems that they have offered to their “patients” instead of a balm. Words cascading in three tables an hour, like to drink this emptiness and this silence before. “The theatres had never closed, even during the war, remember Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota. We could not resume as if nothing had happened. We needed a ritual and thus came the idea of a Vigil : we must remember that it is happened something terrible, but also to celebrate life.

The public responds to this

In a few days, the team of the theatre has prepared this artistic marathon of 48 hours. “It’s like a renewal after the mourning that we experienced at the closing of the theatres, entrust Julie, a young actress of the troupe. Be in front of a room half filled is strange, but we play for those who are there and we feel the force of their presence, their listening. “At the end of the room, two spectators in the front row jump out of their seats and fill their frenetic applause the absences that surround each block of chairs, half of which remained to be ordered. “What a thrill to find the actors, enthuses one of them. I also wanted to show them my solidarity.

As the night advances, the universe intersect – Ionesco, Dante — and the public eve, irreducible, until the dawn. “I wasn’t worried, I knew that people would come, ensures Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, who is surprised that his theater is one of the few to open its doors for the summer. For three months, the actors were silent, the great characters, Hamlet, Antigone, also… A society can not live without this word there. We have to be there. “To protect a flame fragile and flickering but alive and well.


A few shows in July

At the théâtre de la Colline, in Paris.
Coast, of Wajdi Mouawad, from 7 to 18 July.

At the théâtre de Belleville in Paris.
Hedda, Lena Paugam, from 24 June to 5 July.
A life of Gerard in the west
Gérard Potter and François Beaune, 8 July to 27 September.

The théâtre de la Ville, in Paris.
The Separableby Fabrice Melquiot’s 1er as of July 4,.
Alice goes through the mirror
by Fabrice Melquiot from 7 to 12 July.
, Rodrigue Norman, from 7 to 11 July.
Udo, completely is
, the company’s Shoemaking from July 16 to 19.
I have too many friendsDavid Lescot from July 22 to 30.


Simon Abkarian, Alex Lutz and Dominique Blanc in honor

Not public, not to direct, but the winners anyway : the health concerns have transformed Molière 2020 in a special edition, broadcast Tuesday evening, June 23, on France 2, after having been pre-recorded on four days in front of a handful of appointed.

→ TO READ. Molière : the theatre festival

The ceremony, which annually awards the prize of the most prestigious theater in France, was a two-time to meet the social distancing, at a time when almost all of the scenes, already in the end of the season and still subject to a restriction gauge, are stopped.

It is the room “Electra shallows “ Simon Abkarian, who was at the shows at the Théâtre du Soleil and Ariane Mnouchkine, who won the Molière of the public theatre, is the Molière of the stage (in the public theatre) and the Molière of the French songwriter living. “Without artists, life would be mortifying. And the theatre is like the original sin, it reproduces, and he shall rise “commented Mr. Abkarian.

“The Fly “, success at the Bouffes du Nord, which was attended by the couple Macron in January before being exfiltré of the theater due to an event, has been awarded three Molières also, including those of the best actors and actresses in the audience, the Belgian Christian Hecq and artist Valérie Lesort, who have also signed the implementation stage.

Social distancing, which are held evenings and masks

The ceremony 19 awards as well as the dance numbers, singing and music have been recorded at the Théâtre du Châtelet for four days. The whole was mixed and then adding a “best of “ the strong moments of Molières since their creation in 1987, with a tribute to the comedian Guy Bedos.

At each session, a handful of appointed, in suits and evening gowns, came to the dropper, filmed by cameramen hidden, and settled in the floor of the hall of 2,000 seats.

Among them, Alexis Michalik, the genius of the French theater, which won the Molière of the best director in the private theatre for “A love story “Niels Arestrup, best actor in the private sector, Alex Lutz (Moliere’s comedy), Pierre Richard (Molière’s the only one in the scene) or even the grande dame of the Comédie-Française Dominique Blanc (best actress in a supporting role).

On the illuminated scene, the journalist for France 2 Marie-Sophie Lacarrau acts as a mistress of ceremony, accompanied in turn by the president of the Molières and owner of the parisian theatres Jean-Marc Dumontet, of the actor Jean-Pierre Darroussin or actresses Audrey Fleurot and Isabelle Carré.

Winners disconcerted

If the suspense is there, the winners a little disconcerted don’t really know how to react, since they have been asked to… stay in their place, the announcement of their name. Ovationnés by their colleagues, they stand up and hands them the microphone – with a disinfecting wipe – for a brief intervention.

“The artists are excited, even without the decorum. They are taken by surprise because normally this is something that you share with a whole room that shudders “, “says Dumontet who had insisted that the ceremony be held for “putting the theatre honour “. And then, in the face of restrictions, some prefer to laugh : “We all played our debut in front of four people “says Alex Lutz. “And there we said, oh it’s so good, in fact, when the room is filled ! “


And the winners are :

♦ Molière theatre audience : Electra shallows, Simon Abkarian, directed by Simon Abkarian, a Company which is of 5 Wheels

♦ Molière theatre private : Mary hens – governess in George SandGérard Savoisien, directed by Arnaud Denis, the Théâtre du Petit Montparnasse

♦ Molière, the stage director of a show of public theater : Simon Abkarian (Electra shallows)

♦ Molière, the stage director of a theatre show, private : Alexis Michalik (A love story)

♦ Molière of the actress in a show of public theater : Christine Murillo (The Fly)

♦ Moliere of the actor in a spectacle of public theater : Christian Hecq (The Fly)

♦ Molière of the actress in a private performance : Béatrice Agenin (Mary hens)

♦ Moliere of the actor of a private performance : Niels Arestrup (Red)

♦ Molière Alone on stage : Mr Xwith Pierre Richard, Mathilda May, directed by Mathilda May, Théâtre de l’atelier

♦ Moliere of the actor in a supporting role : Jean Franco (Higher than the sky)

♦ Molière of the actress in a supporting role : Dominic White (Angels in America)

♦ Female revelation : Élodie Leading (Is it that I have a mouth of Arletty ?)

♦ Revelation male : Brice Hillairet (The Mousetrap)

♦ Molière comedy : “The hectic life of Brigitte Tornado “by Camille Kohler, directed by Éléonore Joncquez, Theatre Tristan Bernard

♦ Molière of humor : Alex Lutz, Alex Lutz and Tom Dingler, directed by Tom Dingler

♦ Molière of the French songwriter living : Simon Abkarian (Electra shallows)

♦ Molière in visual creation : The Fly

♦ Molière of musical : Is it that I have a mouth of Arletty ? Eric Drank and Élodie Leading, directing Johanna Boyé, the Théâtre du Petit Montparnasse

♦ Molière’s young audience : The little mermaidaccording to Hans Christian Andersen, directed by Géraldine Martineau, Studio-Théâtre of the Comédie-Française