With the troupe of la Comédie-Française
Alexandre Pavloff Gusman, Mathurine, Don Carlos, La Violette, Don Louis, Ragotin et la Statue du commandeur
Stéphane Varupenne Sganarelle
Jennifer Decker Elvire, Charlotte, la Statue du commandeur et un spectre
Laurent Lafitte Dom Juan
Adrien Simion Gusman, Pierrot, La Ramée, un pauvre, Don Alonse, M. Dimanche, La Violette et la Statue du commandeur
Cast may change
Radha Valli Scenography and costumes
Bruno Marsol Lighting
Dominique Bataille Sound
Cécile Kretschmar Make-up and wigs
Vincent Deslandres Artistic collaboration
Spectacle en français non surtitré
Comedy in five acts created at the Palais-Royal in Paris in 1665.
Written by Molière to counter the ban on Tartuffe, this mythical play opens with Dom Juan fleeing Elvira, whom he has distracted from her vows of devotion to God. He constantly terrifies his faithful valet, Sganarelle, by dint of his seductions and desertions, driving a beggar to blasphemy, making a mockery of his father's principles, and even daring to make a sacrilegious invitation to the statue of the Commander he once killed. A true cloak-and-dagger play magnified by Molière's writing; Dom Juan was an extraordinary success at its premiere in 1665 as a "machine play": here it is performed by the troupe of the Comédie-Française.
Emmanuel Daumas returns to the essence of the play with this Dom Juan for five performers, in pared-down set and costumes. He returns to the theatre of trestles and embraces all the grandeur of the myth of the libertine atheist who, at the centre of a world of lies and illusions, makes a bet on life. "Molière paints a baroque reverie, a Spanish comedy, where a man in the eye of the storm of an unreal world, not always so far from ours, invents his life so that it has no limits. So, repeating the dogma will not be enough to stop him. The heavy artillery of witchcraft and the marvellous will have to be brought out... Theatre machinery. The Illusion of Hell.”
A Comédie-Française, Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier production
Show created créé on 29 January 2022 at Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier
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