A black and white perspective that opens to the forest of Bussang (Vosges) discovered when the Court buries Ophelia in the middle of huge skulls: at the Théâtre du Peuple, the director Simon Delétang offers Hamlet from Saturday “in original purity”before presenting its contemporary version, Hamlet-Machine, by the German playwright Heiner Müller.
On stage, characters dressed in black elegantly move between large white cubes that move according to the scenery; a game that plays with shadows and returning light “the quintessence of contemporary decor” and pays tribute to Antoine Vitez in 1983, scenographed by Yanis Kokkos, explains Simon Delétang. The scene “leaves a lot of room for the actors”adds Anthony Poupard, professional actor who interprets Laërtes, and the decoration “gives great freedom to imagine the place, to play with the space” for Salomé Janus, an amateur actress who plays a peasant girl.
When the living suddenly appears: a wolf dog that secretly crosses the stage before each appearance of the Spectre, the ghost of the murdered king and Hamlet’s father who asks him to avenge him, played by the amateur actor Jean-Claude Luçon. An original selection of Simon Delétang’s preference “a beast of the night, stealthy”, reminiscent of the decoration of the Vosges forest. she “Creates an effect of surprise that one can before an appearance”.
In front of the Spectre, a Hamlet can be seen consumed by mourning and rebellion “came to crush an old world“. “In five acts, Shakespeare confronts this young man with all the questions, all the worries and all the possible joys”inspired his interpreter Loïc Corbery, of the Comédie Française, who took the role again in Hamlet-Machine then for his only on stage, Hamlet, except.
From August 12, after Shakespeare’s play, the troupe of 15 actors who mix professionals and amateurs – one of the specifics of the People’s Theater – will return to the stage to play his contemporary version, Hamlet-machine, in German playwright Heiner Müller (1929). -1995), a nine-page text by “to build” in Hamlet. Simon Delétang wanted to mount this work written in 1977 for a long time, “founder” for him and that he knows by heart, this “the kind of poem where there are no more characters”.
He insisted on presenting the two in succession so that “offering the audience to stay the night for an experience where they become accomplices of the actors in a new reading of the work”. After the greetings, the decoration will change slightly and Simon Delétang will present Müller’s work in a fifteen-minute introduction.
Then the actors “in everyday clothes” everyone is on stage around the skeletons of Shakespeare’s play, for a 1:10 performance that is a rehearsal in front of the public where they break the theater codes by sometimes speaking all at the same time, to microphones, even changing the role according to the wishes of the director who is also on stage. “Playing with both helps to find the meaning of a contemporary text, which may not be very readable at first reading”highlights Salomé Janus, for whom the production of two consecutive plays is a method “to bring people together into the contemporary use of great myths”.
Simon Delétang also chose to make the supporting roles of Shakespeare, where there were originally only two female roles, female, to “give their place to amateur artists” : a choice that informs the Hamlet-Machine of which women take revenge and where “Ophélie destroys the framework imposed by men”.
On Sundays August 21 and 28 and Saturday September 3, Loïc Corbery will conclude this “poetic journey” with his only stage production of 2019, Hamlet, à part, a montage of texts in and around work, “a reflection of the character that everyone they know thinks”.
People’s Theater of Bussang
– Hamlet, by Shakespeare (3:30 am with intermission), from July 30 to September 3 at 3:00 pm from Thursday to Sunday.
– Hamlet-machineby Heiner Müller, from August 12 to September 3 at 8 pm from Thursday to Sunday.
– Hamlet, out, alone on the stage of Loïc Corbery, Sunday August 21 and 28 and Saturday September 3 at 12:00 (duration: 1:30).
Prices: from 8 to 40 euros.