INTERVIEW. Haloed by 4 Molières, Léna Bréban is on the Off d’Avignon Competition for a enjoyable and mischievous present for younger audiences

At 10 within the morning, the small room of the Théâtre Présence Pasteur the place Superior it’s effectively stuffed. A number of youngsters, many adults. The story: two twins, a boy and a lady, surprise in regards to the world they dwell in, the place the genders are reversed. Ladies dominate right here, unthinkable {that a} man turns into, for instance, “president of the republic”. Road names are named after well-known girls, advertisers use males as objects of want to promote a automobile, males who after all babysit. Road harassment, college outcomes, vocations… On stage, with few objects and numerous punch, the 2 actors, Léna Bréban herself and Antoine Prud’homme de la Boussinière, playfully dismantle many obtained concepts and sexist clichés. In a theatrical type of half-hour, no extra, all the time adopted by a debate of the identical length, the place every one can include their reflection or their anecdote.

franceinfo Tradition : This present Superior you performed it at college, why come and current it right here, on the Off d’Avignon Competition?
Lena Breban: i actually needed to play Superior for all audiences. I’m inquisitive about what occurs right here, with the grandmothers who convey their grandchildren. We had already realized when enjoying it within the universities, in fifth grade, that the academics needed to see this present with their very own youngsters. Adults actually speak to them as a result of the identical factor has occurred to all women.

How did you give you the concept for this present for fifth graders?
It comes from a dialog with my producer: in a undertaking I needed it to be a written writer and he advised me Phew! We obtained right into a battle. After which I learn Florence Hinckel’s ebook, Superior, printed on the Ecole des loisirs and departed from there. What I discovered good in Florence Hinckel’s textual content is the humor. I used to be lacking that entrance door, and but she advised me: it’s important to have a great time speaking about this if it isn’t pretentious, giving classes, every thing I hate. Giggle and chat. Hinckel gave me the important thing.

Has this present toured many universities?
It was produced by the Espace des Arts de Saône-et-Loire, of which I’m an related artist, even filmed someplace apart from this division. It is very thrilling to go to class, however you by no means promote this system with out the dialogue that follows. It’s my method of campaigning, it’s a crucial challenge for me, elementary. My dream within the subsequent few years could be to play it within the afternoon at a faculty and at evening in entrance of a household viewers.

Do the clichés you denounce nonetheless resist dying?
There’s nonetheless work to do! Above all in regards to the representations that women have of themselves, they don’t communicate for instance, it’s the boys who communicate, that is our commentary in 220 dates. He had to consider easy methods to get the ladies to speak. They care loads about being fairly, that is what comes out. It’s insane to ask a human being to prioritize one thing over which they haven’t any management.

You who had a loopy yr, with the success that we all know of your work as you want in accordance with Shakespeare (4 Molières), did not he select a soothing trip?
It is a bit bizarre (considerate snort). The theatrical area, I’ve by no means left it. Even throughout the Shakespeare (as you want) I continued to do school dates, it was essential to me. And through confinement, going to attract little photos beneath the home windows of nursing houses (it was referred to as Cabaret beneath the balconies), it introduced me one thing that I missed terribly: that folks might come and speak to us, and see them in broad daylight. I had been very sheltered earlier than, coming from massive theaters, enjoying with massive administrators, having dinner after the present with my companions and mainly having zero contact with the general public. This lockdown jogged my memory why I do that job. Additionally, all Shakespearean actors have this want, Barbara (Schulz) likes individuals, she desires to speak.

Exactly these 4 Molières (together with one of the best actress for Barbara Schulz) have been a nice shock?
That is loopy! This Shakespeare began from a narrative of friendship with Barbara, with whom he had already performed. I liked that his work was acknowledged. Everybody might see the great thing about this girl. And Ariane Mourier (Molière within the second function), formidable, was additionally awarded and the opposite Molière… (together with Léna Bréban’s, Molière for greatest path). As a baby I bear in mind very effectively seeing the ceremony, she was obsessive about the theater, and he or she advised me that possibly someday she would obtain a Molière. It isn’t the principle factor however it’s rewarding and tremendous joyful.

The Avignon Competition, what does it signify for you?
I’m very fascinated by individuals who love the theater. I say to myself, they arrive throughout their trip time, it is costly to come back to Avignon, it’s important to search for lodging, purchase tickets… I share a ardour for theater with these individuals, there’s that after which the entire historical past of theatre. he has handed there: the Cour d’honneur, Jean Vilar… One of the crucial stunning reveals I’ve seen is right here: Bernadette by Alain Platel.

Avignon can also be numerous sweat?
Certain, now I discover myself towing, it is tremendous enjoyable, it forces you to be insanely humble. I am going from “Sure, he obtained 4 Molières” a “Hiya, at 10 within the morning we’re going to do a play about equality, for youngsters and younger individuals…”.

Does the trailer work?
It completely works! For the voice it isn’t excellent, there’s numerous noise right here, so it’s important to shout to speak to individuals and attempt to catch them. We mentioned to one another, with Antoine Prud’homme, my accomplice, that the attractive factor right here is that pageant goers inform you: inform me about your present, inform me… And abruptly we’ve got to inform them why they need to do it. come and see us. Generally we get horrible rakes. The opposite day I advised a girl, she was together with her three youngsters: Hiya, that is about equality. “Oh yeah? Properly, I do not imagine in that, I increase my youngsters that method and I do not imagine in feminism both. Have a pleasant day!”

How do you arrange your days?
I stand up early, we arrange the set, we play, we break down the set. Then we go to see reveals. Tomorrow evening I’m going to see Samuel Achache (with out drum). The opposite day I heard a lady throwing subsequent to me, I believed ah, the sphere seems to be good, so I am leaving. After which to relaxation after a really intense yr. I advised myself I used to be going to social gathering an excessive amount of in Avignon! Actually, in no way, I am dwelling at evening, quiet. After which I’ve work appointments. A musical present about Colette that I’m getting ready is being produced by the Espace des Arts in Chalon-sur-Saône.

Would you additionally prefer to take part within the In pageant?
I might like to direct in it after all. I might like to play too. However my desires aren’t of that order. I wish to work with Wajdi Mouawad, for instance, inside or exterior.

Being related to the nationwide scene of Chalon-sur-Saône, does it evolve involved with a rural territory?
In Paris we do not know the individuals we play for. In a provincial city, the general public is individuals you meet on the road or within the pharmacy, there’s a loyalty that’s created. It’s attention-grabbing to comprehend that our nation can also be made up of this viewers.

Does the reception of this present provide you with hope?
It offers me braveness, the niaque. We get nice reactions from the children, we see issues sparkle of their eyes throughout the present. I am happy with Superior, very proud. After which the youngsters, for essentially the most half, uncover the theater. If I get them to love it and ship them extra messages, nice. Theater is something however boring!

Competition Off d’Avignon
From July 7 to 23, 2022

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“As You Like”, after Shakespeare
Resumption in September on the Théâtre de la Pépinière

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