Théâtre du soleil ariane mnouchkine

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Mnouchkine’s “Moliere” for French Television

Among the astonishing new works they developed was the life of Moliere, later made into a five hour series for French TV. I was lucky enough to buy a copy in when I was in Paris , and it remains the prize of my video shelf. Each scene is luxurious in detail, from the opening school lessons above a pig stable taught by a dissolute Jesuit, to the forced marriage of a drunken and beribboned young girl to a withered and ancient nobleman, to the parade of golden canal boats, gifts of the Veneitan prince, across the snow-covered mountains to float in the fountains of Versailles. It is a great film about great theater. They fail big, but they succeed big. A slice of foie gras on excellent bread with a glass of wine and a bowl of leek soup is perhaps more important to my life than a new car. Vive la France!

Le Théâtre du Soleil is a Parisian avant-garde stage ensemble founded by Ariane Mnouchkine, Philippe Léotard and fellow students of the L'École.
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The latter has conjured up a piece which pieces together fragments of a far-reaching epic spanning two hundred years of history in his native land. Humanists, above all, the duty of the artist to reflect the era they live in is a conviction shared by them both. Mysterious and beautiful. An Indian girl from Canada. An Aboriginal. There is splendour in her regard, it draws us in irresistibly; it is the regard of an empress..

After twenty-four years the French media have now grown accustomed to the idea of Mnouchkine as a director, even though this acceptance seems in most cases restricted to Mnouchkine personally rather than to the idea of women directors in general - there remain very few prominent female directors in the French theatre. The focus of much media attention has now switched from astonishment at the fact of a female director to a recurrent questioning of what are perceived to be contradictions and paradoxes in Mnouchkine's work and position within the company, implying that her role as director within a collective is a betrayal of her egalitarian principles. However, the perception of these contradictions depends on a point of view which ignores or even deliberately rejects the special structure of the company. Many of the implied attacks on Mnouchkine and her role betray hidden assumptions which rely on traditional male-dominated concepts of power. To understand Mnouchkine's role it is necessary to appreciate how very radical the structure of the Theatre du Soleil is and the threat it can be seen to pose to conventional authority. One of the ways in which the French media make the position of Mnouchkine unfairly controversial and misleadingly problematic is to focus any discussion of the company almost exclusively on her role. This reinforces the impression that she is a dictator and a Svengali who has single-handedly created both the company and the people in it.


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