Joël POMMERAT, Playwright-Director
"I don't write plays, I write shows... The text is the mark the show leaves on paper. Theatre texts are not written... That's not the essence of theatre for me. Theatre is seen and heard. It moves, it makes a noise. Theatre is performance... When I make the people on stage speak, I am faced with the question of speech and words. But working on the gestures, the attitude, the movement of an actor is as important as working on the words. I reject the idea of a hierarchy between these different levels of language or expression in the theatre. Theatrical poetics is not only literary."
"Troubles" by J. GAYOT and J. POMMERAT. - Ed. Actes Sud, 2009, p. 19-21
Joël POMMERAT set up Compagnie Louis Brouillard in 1990, through which he produced his own texts, particularly at Théâtre de la Main d’Or. He produced Pôles et Treize étroites Têtes (CDN des Fédérés, 1995 and 1997), Mon Ami, Grâce à Mes Yeux or Cet Enfant (Théâtre Paris-Villette, 2001-2002 and 2006), Qu’est-ce Qu’on a Fait? (CDN de Caen, 2003), Au Monde (produced at TNS in 2004 before touring France and abroad), Le Petit Chaperon Rouge (Brétigny-sur-Orge, 2004), D’une Seule Main (Thionville, 2005), Les Marchands (TNS, 2006; Grand prix de littérature dramatique, 2007).
In 2006 and 2008 Compagnie Louis Brouillard was invited to the Festival d’Avignon to stage a number of shows and produce Je Tremble (2) there. Between the two parts of Je Tremble (1 and 2), Pommerat produced his Pinocchio in 2008, followed by two shows that earned Louis BROUILLARD two consecutive Molière des compagnies awards: Cercles/Fictions at Bouffes du Nord (2010) and Ma Chambre Froide at Ateliers Berthier. The latter also won Joël POMMERAT the 2011 Molière for best living French-speaking playwright and the Europe Theatre Prize / new realities as well as the Grand prix of the union of critics. He then produced Cinderella at Théâtre National de Bruxelles (2010); La Grande et Fabuleuse Histoire du Commerce (Comédie de Béthune, 2011); Thanks to My Eyes, an opera by Oscar Bianchi based on a booklet by POMMERAT himself, and Grâce à Mes Yeux (Aix, 2011). In 2013, after La Réunification des deux Corées, for the first time he staged a text written by another playwright: Une Année Sans été by Catherine ANNE. Compagnie Joël Pommerat is now associate artist at Théâtre National de Bruxelles and Odéon-Théâtre de L’Europe. His work is published by Actes Sud-Papiers.
Théâtre National de la Communauté Française de Belgique
Brussels - Belgium
Born 65 years ago, the Théâtre National de la Communauté française in Brussels is the first French-speaking theatre in the country. It is funded by the Ministry of Culture of the Federation Wallonia Brussels and is now directed by Jean-Louis COLINET. The number of its productions (up to ten in a season), the quality of the many associated artists, its widereaching renown (many works on tour every year), the importance that it attaches to the work of young creators, the diversity of its international artistic partners and the dialogue which it fosters with its different audiences, are the theatre’s strong points.
From 2011 to 2016, the Villes en scène/Cities on stage project, initiated by the Théâtre National with backing from the European Commission, brings together seven European theatres and festivals on the theme of living together in the city. Seven productions have crossed Europe to raise important questions in other countries and many artists, young and adult citizens, have been invited to observe our continent and to work together to invent stories of today and tomorrow.
Since 2005, the Théâtre National and KVS, the Royal Flemmish Theatre of Brussels, have been working closely together, especially through the Toernee General project. For the coming season, the two institutions have decided to propose a joint program. This programme is open to a wide and varied public and is above all based on innovative and committed drama. It is open to the realities of the world and to the major preoccupations that we meet today.
Cinderella Artistic and Technical Distribution
Text and director: Joël POMMERAT
Stage design and lights: Eric SOYER
Lighting assistant: Gwendal MALARD
Costumes: Isabelle DEFFIN
Sound: François LEYMARIE
Video: Renaud RUBIANO
Original music: Antonin LEYMARIE
Alfredo CAÑAVATE: Father of the very young girl, king
Noémie CARCAUD: Fairy, a sister
Caroline DONNELLY: Second sister, prince
Catherine MESTOUSSIS: Mother-in-law
Deborah ROUACH: Very young girl
Marcella CARRARA: Narrator’s voice
And Nicolas NORE (narrator), Julien DESMET (extra)
Assistant tour director: Philippe CARBONNEAUX
Tour general director: Emmanuel ABATE
Lighting controller: Guillaume RIZZO
Sound controller: Antoine BOURGAIN
Video controller: Grégoire CHOMEL
Stage controller: Julien DESMET, Nicolas NORE
Dresser: Nathalie WILLEMS
Production: Théâtre National de Bruxelles in coproduction with La Monnaie/De Munt.
In association with Compagnie Louis Brouillard
Cinderella is published by Éditions Actes Sud-Babel and Actes Sud-Heyoka Jeunesse, illustrations by Roxane LUMERET.
Special Thanks: Bureau Français de Taipei and INSTITUT FRANÇAIS