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26th October 2011

Paris, 26th October 2011

Dear friends,

Welcome to our latest newsletter – we’ve an update about our own tour to the other side of the world as well as news of theatre from the other side of the world coming to us here at the Cartoucherie.

We look forward to seeing you at forthcoming performances by…

From Afghanistan…the travelling Aftaab Theatre…

The travelling Aftaab Theatre was both joyfully and enthusiastically received at the Festival des Francophonies in the Limousin and the Sens Interdits Festival – and we’re so proud of them! From what audiences have told us, their performances have left a lasting imprint on those who saw the production.

Aftaab are now back in Paris – and will, very shortly, present their production of Sophocles/Oedipus Tyrannus, after Hölderlin, by Heiner Müller and directed by Matthias Langhoff with the collaboration of Shaghayegh Beheshti. The production runs from 15th to 27th November 2011 at the Théâtre du Chaudron.

Booking for this production is now open and you can book your tickets on 01 43 74 24 08. Don’t delay in booking your tickets because this production, created last June at ENSATT, and warmly received at last summer’s Avignon Festival, has a short run of only 14 performances and the Théâtre du Chaudron’s capacity is just 140 seats!

And, from Cambodia, the Phare Ponleu Selpak School of Arts…

Another great event is the restaging, in Khmer, of The Terrible but Unfinished Story of Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia (L’Histoire terrible mais inachevée de Norodom Sihanouk, roi du Cambodge) by Hélène Cixous. Created in Lyons and hosted by our friends the Théâtre des Célestins, as part of the Sens Interdits Festival, the ‘First Epoch’ of this play, directed by Georges Bigot and Delphine Cottu and with a cast made up of thirty young artists from the Phare Ponleu Selpak School of Arts in Battambang, will see the light of day on our own stage on 23rd November. It will run until 4th December 2011 – for just twelve special performances !

So reach for your telephones! Booking is now open for this special production which sees Sihanouk return to our theatre after twenty-five years. And especially for the festive season, these same Khmer friends will also present a circus show for all the family brought to you by the Collectif clowns d’ailleurs et d’ici.

From Denmark…the Odin Teatret

From 8th to 19th February, yet another exciting event – Eugenio Barba is returning to our theatre with the Odin Teatret and their new production La Vie chronique. You will perhaps remember their previous tours here – Mythos and Ode to progress in 2000, and Andersen’s Dream et Salt in 2005. Keep checking back for an update coming soon outlining the full programme of a fortnight of performances, discussions and workshops with this great master of theatre who is also our very great friend.

And from Brazil…news of our Naufragés du Fol Espoir…

We have now finished the first leg of our Brazilian tour – Sao Paulo, hosted by our friends at SESC – it has been a time of great joy and emotion. Our set is now making its way to Rio de Janeiro where we will perform from 8th-19th November. We will then travel to Porto Alegre to perfom as part of the Porto Alegre Em Cena Festival from 5th-11th December 2011. Finally, our caravan will cross the Andes arriving in Santiago in Chili in time for us to perform as part of the Santiago a Mil, from 4th-22nd January 2012.

We hope to see you very soon,

The Théâtre du Soleil

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