Premature death of a popular singer in his prime

show by Arthur H and Wajdi Mouawad

from 13 November to 29 December 2019 - Main Theater

from Wednesday to Saturday at 8:30 pm on Tuesday 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3:30 except Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 December

Thus it looks like a space shuttle trying to reach the moon: a single degree of error at launch would cause it to pass thousands of kilometres from its destination and here it is thrown into the sidereal darkness towards the most improbable fate. If this is true of ships, it is also true of dreams and ideas, of men and their existence.

Wajdi Mouawad

Archibald is a popular singer in his late 40’s. He enjoys both the appreciation of the public and respect from the music industry. He also benefits from visibility in most official medias. But just a little less than he used to. He thus, is a singer, on the verge of bitterness, struggling not to give in. When reflecting on his long career, the idea of a celebration sometimes crosses his mind, but his ex-manager has a better idea.  

Born from the minds of singer Arthur H and playwright Wajdi Mouawad, this tale is one of anguish: how can we free ourselves from this gaze of the world which determines even if it means seeing everything fall apart? Necessarily, this play will be written as a tragicomedy, as inescapably any misadventure undergone by an artist contains a highly comical element.

artistic team

a show by Arthur H et Wajdi Mouawad

with Marie‑Josée Bastien, Gilles David, Arthur Higelin, Isabelle Lafon, Jocelyn Lagarrigue, Patrick Le Mauff, Sara Llorca

Staging assistant Valérie Nègre

dramaturg Charlotte Farcet

music Arthur H

artistic advisor François Ismert

scenography Emmanuel Clolus

lighting Éric Champoux

costumes Emmanuelle Thomas

hair and make-up Cécile Kretschmar

sound designer Michel Maurer

Photo © Sebastiao Salgado - Enterrement à Attilio, Chimborazo, Equateur, 1982
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