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Monday, March 19, 2018

In Avignon began to work as the most luxurious theatre festival of Europe

In the French Provence — Avignon — opened one of the oldest European festivals. This year he is special, 70. However, as jubilee and the pump is not positioned fairly and fun he works from morning till night, trying to push to new horizons of contemporary theatre.

Photo: Christophe Raynaud de Lage.

Started in 1947 as a modest theatrical event around a single exhibition, Avignon festival for its 70-year history has gone through different. Takeoffs and flying, but without much of falls, the social upheaval of the late 60s, when the founder of the festival, Jean Vilaro it became bad with heart. Strike intermitant who disrupted festival of 2003, and so on and so forth. But despite political and social changes, there was always a searching — new names, aesthetics, formats festival. And in spite of that, all these years, the Avignon sounds like a synonym for the theater, as Cannes is synonymous with the cinematic.

The current intendant, Olivier, P., occupying the chair for the third year, tried in the program 70 on a forum to combine the current stars of the theatrical firmament with possible future names that today are not yet particularly known.

In the famous papal Palace at the opening of the festival will perform the comédie française, with the company of which the Dutchman Ivo van Hove staged “the Damned,” “death of the gods” by Luchino Visconti. Pole Krystian lupa will arrive with a dramatization of the novel by Thomas Bernhard “heroes ‘ Square” in the National drama theatre of Lithuania. Spanish Angelica Liddell returns to Avignon with the new show “Qué haré yo con esta espada?”, and Director Jean Bellorini, which is written as a future star, will present “the Brothers Karamazov” — Dostoevsky’s heroes learn the Boulbon quarry, where the great Peter brook played the Mahabharata.

In General, in Avignon played everywhere — in theaters, Teatrika, cathedrals, schools, museums… About 20 buildings, including monuments of architecture, transformirovalsya in the stage space with a capacity from 50 to 2000 people. Commercially available from 120 to 140 thousand tickets, and 20-30 thousands people attend the activities and events of the festival free of charge. The budget is serious — last year it amounted to 13.3 million euros.

Naturally, the big program prepared by the theater and circus satellites Avignon — Villeneuve and the Ile de pied, Ile de Bartalos. Last known to the public as the centers of circus experiment, and only here (in the variety tent, in the halls, you can see the new circus, in which, without exaggeration, the French are the strongest. About the meetings with the audience, where sometimes discussions go into creative battles, can not speak — will be required.

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