|Genre / City||Theatre / Paris|
|Dates||28 April at 16:00, 28 April at 20:30, 29 April at 16:00, 30 April at 20:30|
|Venue||At Ellipse Theatre “DAENDO”, Shizuoka Performing Arts Park|
|Language||In French with Japanese subtitles|
|Directed by||Claude RÉGY|
|Produced by||Les Ateliers Contemporains|
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Now aged 94 and a great treasure of French theatre, Claude RÉGY has forged a strong relationship with SPAC through his two appearances in its World Theatre Festival Shizuoka — in 2010 with his one-man play Ode Maritime based on a 1909 Portuguese poem; and in 2013 through his collaboration with SPAC actors on Interior by the Belgian Nobel laureate playwright Maurice MAETERLINCK.
This time, for what he’s said will be his final work, RÉGY presents the one-man play Rêve et folie (Dream and Derangement) that he premiered at the Théâtre des Amandiers in Nanterre, outside Paris, in 2016. Based on works by the great Austrian Expressionism poet Georg TRAKL who died, aged 27, of a cocaine overdose in 1914, the play sees a shaman-like figure appear motionless on a stage lit like dusk falling over the sea. There, in a sonorous voice, the character recites excerpts from TRAKL’s poems, which are filled with magical musicality despite their profound melancholy. In that pale light, a rare ethereal harmony is sure to be conjured between the stage and audiences in RÉGY’s favorite, cozy Ellipse theatre “DAENDO” at SPAC’s countryside base amid green hills outside the city.
Now aged 94, the French director-performer Claude RÉGY is one of the most important artists of the modern theatre era. Since embarking on his career in 1952, as a freelance director he has staged works by many great contemporary playwrights such as Marguerite DURAS, Harold PINTER and Jon FOSSE, creating his unique worlds around them one after another. Since 1981, he has also taught at the blue-riband Conservatoire de Paris. There, he has continued to inspire generations of young directors and actors, while his stagings of Jon FOSSE’s 1999 play Quelqu’un va venir, and also Sarah KANE’s 4.48 Psychosis (2002) starring Isabelle HUPPERT were also huge talking points among theatregoers. Finally in 2010, RÉGY eventually came to Japan to present his masterpiece — a sensational solo performance of Fernando PESSOA’s Ode Maritime — at SPAC’s World Theatre Festival Shizuoka. After taking that chance, and succeeding, he returned in 2013 to collaborate with SPAC’s actors on Interior, a new play by the Belgian author Maurice MAETERLINCK that toured to Austria, Belgium and France in 2014 before revisiting Japan, and also South Korea, the next year. This time, for his third and (he says) final offering to SPAC, audiences here are set to be treated to another one-man play, titled Rêve et folie (Dream and Derangement), that RÉGY premiered in France in 2016. And whether it’s a dream or just a mad fantasy, it’s to be hoped this isn’t really the last we’ll see here of this true icon of the modern stage.
Directed by Claude RÉGY
Written by Georg TRAKL
French text by Jean-Claude SCHNEIDER and Marc PETIT in “Crépuscule et déclin” (Editions Gallimard)
Performed by Yann BOUDAUD
Produced by Les Ateliers Contemporains – Claude RÉGY
Supported by Institut Français
Cooperated by Kyoto Performing Arts Center at Kyoto University of Art and Design
Due to artistic reasons, latecomers will not be allowed to enter.