Alka Balbir Angélique
Armel Cazedepats Clitandre
Michel Fau George Dandin
Philippe Girard Monsieur de Sotenville
Florent Hu Lubin
Anne-Guersande Ledoux Madame de Sotenville
Nathalie Savary Claudine
Ensemble Marguerite Louise
Gaétan Jarry Conductor
Michel Fau Director
Christian Lacroix Costumes
Emmanuel Charles Stage sets
Joël Fabing Lights
Véronique Soulier Nguyen avec la collaboration de la Maison Messaï Make-up, headdresses and wigs
Damien Lefèvre Director assistant
Jean-Philippe Pons Costumes assistant
Barthélémy Fortier et Sacha Vilmar Intern director assistants
Show in French non surtitled.
Comedy with music in three acts created in Versailles for the Grand Royal Entertainment for Louix XIV in 1668.
On 18 July 1668, Molière and the Troupe du Roi successfully performed George Dandin ou le Mari confondu (George Dandin or the Twarthed Husband) which met with great success. The comedy mixed with a pastoral sung by the Grand Divertissement Royal de Versailles was offered by Louis XIV to his court, to celebrate the peace of Aix-la Chapelle concluded with Spain.
The grating tale of a rich and obnoxious peasant who buys a young noble girl is interspersed with elegant interludes where shepherds exchange gallant words to the splendid music of Lully. Molière tells us here with his devastating humour that marriage is a bargain in which love plays no part - since Dandin, by marrying Angélique de Sotenville, has exchanged his fortune for a title - and yet the groom is determined to claim his wife's love and loyalty.
Even if the play remains immoral since evil triumphs, it says above all that one can buy everything except love... that's where it remains timeless. To set the scene for this painful, burlesque and obsessional fable, Michel Fau has chosen a baroque and nightmarish aesthetic... with the help of Gaétan Jarry and the musicians of his Ensemble Marguerite Louise.
Production C.I.C.T. - Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
Coproduction Opéra Royal / Château de Versailles Spectacles, Théâtre de Suresnes - Jean Vilar, Théâtre de Caen, Atelier Théâtre Jean Vilar - Louvain-la-Neuve, Festival de Sablé - L'Entracte, state supported theatre, Théâtre Impérial - Opéra de Compiègne
Operation financed by the Ile-de-France Region
Artistic participation of the Jeune Théâtre National
With thanks to Opéra national de Paris - Conductor Alexander Neef, Opéra National de Bordeaux
Available in the discographic collection of Château de Versailles Spectacles' label.
Friday 23rd September – 8pm, " 15 minutes with " at 7.30 (to be confirmed)
On presentation of your ticket for that evening and subject to availability.
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