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 westGérard 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 mirrorby Fabrice Melquiot from 7 to 12 July.
Venavi, 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.