Reopening of the theaters: the shows to see

► Theater

– Opening day at the Théâtre de la Ville, Paris

It will be the first to open on May 19. From 8:30 a.m., the Théâtre de la Ville will welcome the public to the Espace Cardin, where they have settled down while their historic hall is being renovated. Throughout the day, spectators will be able to attend free concerts (Henri Tournier, Farnaz Modarresifar) and rehearsals (Ambra Senatore). Also to see, until June 13, Six characters in search of an author, by Luigi Pirandello, directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota.

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Behind your eyelids, National Theater of Brittany, Rennes

A woman in her forties, on the verge of exhaustion, fearing for her cognitive faculties, is offered the help of a robot. A fable of anticipation, this creation by Pierre-Yves Chapalain, director of his own text, evokes oblivion and questions the growing role of new technologies in the meaning of our lives.

Until May 28, info. :

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What to tell men? Bastille Theater, Paris

A craftsman of documentary theater, Didier Ruiz continues his work listening to people with a unique journey. For this new play, the director, who does not believe in God, wanted to collect and make heard the words of people of faith. On stage, according to a well orchestrated ballet, cross women and men who speak in their own words about their history. Muslim, Christian, Jew, Buddhist and shaman share their quest for spirituality, different experiences but united by the same density.

From May 19 to 22, info. :

An enemy of the people, National Theater of Bordeaux-Aquitaine

Health scandal in a spa in Norway. Should we preserve the economic machine or public health? 120 years after its creation, Jean-François Sivadier takes over Ibsen’s play, a very topical tragicomedy on political compromise. With, among others, Nicolas Bouchaud and Agnès Sourdillon.

From May 19 to 22, info. :

Goldoni soap opera, National Theater of Nice

Zelinda and Lindoro have loved each other since childhood, but it will take many adventures for them to live their feelings. Carlo Goldoni, figure of the Italian theater of the XVIIe century, breaks down their story in three parts. Muriel Mayette-Holtz stages them in an ambitious creation, to be discovered in several consecutive evenings or in full.

From May 20 to 29,

Ash Nest, Theater of the Tempest, Paris

What if the world was cut in two? On the one hand, the furious anthill of Western society and on the other, a marvelous universe, with endless tales. With 16 actors on the set, Simon Falguières offers a tetralogy with a thousand embedded imaginaries. To see in full for fans of long crossings. Each piece also stands in itself.

From May 19 to 23, info. :

► Dance

– The Tree, National Theater of Chaillot, Paris

In her new creation, Carolyn Carlson launches a cry of love for nature. With nine dancers, the great choreographer, who conceives of dance as visual poetry, plunges, through the evocation of the four elements, into a deep reflection on the planet and humanity.

May 19, free, reservation on the site

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– June Events, Théâtre de l’Aquarium, Paris

In extremis, the June Events dance festival saves part of the programming for its 15th edition. Among the creations to discover: OVTR, for “we will give everything back” where the choreographer Gaëlle Bourges evokes the fate of the Parthenon friezes taken from Athens by a certain Lord Elgin and today kept in London. Also to see People United by Johanne Leighton, a piece inspired by photographs of gatherings, from celebrations to protests.

From May 19 to June 5, the whole program on:

– The Wave, MC93 from Bobigny

In this new show, created in Marseille the day before the reconfinement at the end of October, Nacera Belaza continues to dig into the original vein of her choreographic universe: a quest for plenitude beyond technique. Accompanied on stage by 4 performers, she draws her inspiration from Algerian dances. The Wave, presented as part of the Festival d’Automne, also opens the Printemps de la danse arabe, which will be held until June 29 at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris.

From May 20 to 22, info. : and

– Seine-Saint-Denis choreographic meetings

Each year, the international choreographic scene meets in Seine-Saint-Denis, in several theaters of the department (Bobigny, Pantin, Romainville, etc.). Canceled in 2020, the festival begins on the very day of the reopening of places of culture with creations and pieces never shown in France. It welcomes no less than 18 choreographers, including Mathieu Barbin, Cindy Van Acker, Daina Ashbee and Charlie Prince.

Until June 20, info. :


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