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The Blacks / Lyon

  • Grand Théâtre - Théâtre National Populaire 8 Place du Docteur Lazare Goujon Villeurbanne, RA, 69100 France (map)

[Les Nègres]

By Jean Genet

“Ever since the revelation of DEAFMAN GLANCE, those who experience a work by Robert Wilson know that they are head and body smack in the middle of our historical patrimony of the contemporary performing arts. As for Genet, no one will dispute his rightful seat at the table of 20th century classics. Hieratic and carnavelesque, The Blacks is a multi-faceted work, drawn from theater (the burlesque theater of clowns), ritual and improvisation. Wilson refuses to choose between the numerous possible readings. Without ever being didactic, he paints, gives rhythm to and minutely fine-tunes his sublime choreographies according to his unique and inimitable language. From what we have seen during the preliminary rehearsals with the actors, the BLACKS, our next window onto Wilson’s singular world, should simply be... sublime.”

— l'Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe

Associate direction by Charles Chemin
Associate set design by Stephanie Engeln
Associate light design by Xavier Baron
Costumes by Moidele Bickel
Dramaturgy by Ellen Hammer
Music by Dickie Landry

Production by l'Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe and co-production with Festival d'Automne à Paris, Théâtre National Populaire – Villeurbanne, deSingel campus des arts international – Anvers, Festival Automne en Normandie, La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand Scène Nationale 

With the Festival d'Automne à Paris and the support of the Cercle de l'Odéon and LVMH

More information and tickets here.

Earlier Event: January 10
1914 / Prague
Later Event: January 11
The Blacks / Lyon