His next piece will be “on a japanese island” by : Ariane Mnouchkine, founder of Theatre du Soleil has done to the AFP this half-confidence at a meeting in the archipelago of dramatic arts has both nourished.
December 14, 2019 18h22
Ariane Mnouchkine will propose his next piece on a japanese island
KYOTO — the next piece will be “on a japanese island” by : Ariane Mnouchkine, founder of Theatre du Soleil has done to the AFP this half-confidence at a meeting in the archipelago of dramatic arts has both nourished.
Winner of the Kyoto Prize, a distinction awarded by the Foundation Inamori in the field of science and technology, as well as arts and philosophy, she comes to stay three months in Japan, with one goal : to soak up “the truth, the essence” of the country.
This is where it plays its next creation, a ” show about the world today, but including the random fact that it happens on a japanese island, which must be obviously fictional, but profoundly just.”
Child, this is not Japan, but China that Ariane Mnouchkine dreamed, a passion shattered by a refusal of a visa.
“I had taken a boat to a beautiful morning of April 1963 in Marseille, france, to arrive a month later in Yokohama, near Tokyo.
It is then been five and a half months in the archipelago, ” in the hating at the beginning, then gradually falling in love with the country, people, food, architecture and the theatre “.
This was not a study trip, ” it was more hippie than that, it was the time when the young people were doing this that I regret that they no longer do, that is to say, to take a backpack to go see the world.”
“The theatre, this is it !”
“Little by little I began to go to the theater in Japan and to understand that I had fallen into a treasure, in the heart of the thousand ! The chance, the time, my country had been enabled to see things that were going to feed me until my death,” she said, waving to the lavish wedding between the visual beauty and rhythm, the architecture of the rooms.
“When I saw the kabuki, the noh, the bunraku (the three forms of japanese theatre, editor’s NOTE), it is as if someone had gunned down in front of me, the sceptre of the theater, saying to myself “you see, little one, the theatre that is ! “”.
The cartridge Factory of Vincennes, the headquarters of the Théâtre du Soleil, the spectators are greeted by Ariane Mnouchkine : they eat, there sometimes spend the day, participate in the life of the troop. This is not a coincidence : it is “inspired” in the kabuki, where we are going in a kimono, where we enjoyed the ” bento “, where it launches interjections at key moments of the parts.
And the one who, at 80 years of age, in the line of fire, Jean Vilar, has been operating for over half a century for a popular theatre, to lament that the prices of the seats of the kabuki in Tokyo are now “ugly”.
This is where she says that it ” lack of a cultural policy. Because of the theatres such as the Kabukiza in Tokyo should be public theaters, this should be subsidized for people to regain possession of their theatre “.
“Greed of a certain capitalism”
This tireless advocate of the “need to practice the art at a young age” welcomes the chance to be in France, “because there are countries where a woman who makes theatre is a dead woman, because in some countries it is forbidden”. But she regrets that some areas of france have been abandoned by the culture.
“The department does not want to see large trees well trimmed and easy to control”, said the director, not the small herbs, ” no one knows what to do “. But yet, “it’s that little push that is important,” she said, pointing to the herbs in a garden in Kyoto.
What Ariane Mnouchkine feels yet, it is “a desire to do theater outside of institutional structures, to escape the labels, formats,” and, she insists, ” economic models “, she exècre and ” against which people are rebelling “, because they are everywhere, but not in the service of all, ” she says.
“I do not see where is the issue without violence, it saddens me, but, even if I believe in the movement non-violent, I don’t know how to respond to such greed, and such greed of a certain capitalism,” she said.
Hint : “the next show will probably be on it “.
Rendez-vous at the end of the year 2021 on stage.