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Joël Pommerat
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Joël Pommerat

List of works mentioned in Actes du Théâtre :
Au monde
Ca ira.(1) Fin de Louis
Grâce à mes yeux
Je tremble (1)
La Grande et Fabuleuse Histoire du commerce
Le Petit Chaperon rouge
Ma chambre froide
Treize Étroites Têtes
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Actes du Théâtre n°87 December 2015

Joël Pommerat was born in 1963. A playwright and director, he founded the Compagnie Louis Brouillard in 1990. Joël Pommerat is unique in that he only stages his own plays. In his view there is no hierarchy. The staging and the text are developed together during rehearsals, and that's why he refers to himself as a "performance writer."
In 1995, he created Pôles, which he considers his first fully accomplished work artistically speaking. It was also the first to be published in 2002.

In 2004, the Théâtre National de Strasbourg hosted the premiere of his play Au monde, the company's first big hit with audiences and critics. With the triolgy Au monde (2004), D’une seule main (2005) and Les Marchands (2006), Joël Pommerat rooted his plays more directly in contemporary reality and in a questioning of our representations. He began dealing with reality in its many material, concrete and imaginary aspects.

In 2006, Au monde, Les Marchands and Le Petit Chaperon rouge were restaged at the Festival d’Avignon, where Joël Pommerat also opened Je tremble (1 et 2) in 2008. He pursued his rewriting of fairy tales with Pinocchio in 2008 and Cendrillon in 2011. In 2010, he presented Cercles/Fictions in a circular set-up, which he explored again in Ma Chambre froide the following year. His last new work was La Réunification des deux Corées in 2013. He also staged Catherine Anne's Une année sans été with young actors as part of a transference project.

In the opera world Joël Pommerat has collaborated with Oscar Bianchi, adapting his play Grâce à mes yeux (Thanks to my eyes, Festival d’Aix en Provence, 2011). In 2014, he presented Au monde, with a score by Philippe Boesmans at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels.
Joël Pommerat has been awarded numerous prizes for his work. From the start he has received support from long-term partnerships with the Théâtre de Brétigny-sur-Orge and the Théâtre Paris-Villette. At the invitation of Peter Brook, he was also an artist in residence at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord from 2007 to 2010. He is currently an associate artist at the Théâtre national de Bruxelles as well as at the Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe. Since 2014 he has been a member of the Nanterre-Amandiers artists' association.
Joël Pommerat strives to create visual theater that is both intimate and spectacular. He works on the actors' presence and the audience's confusion. He has written about his artistic approach in two books: Théâtres en présence (2007) and, with Joëlle Gayot, Joël Pommerat, troubles (2010). All his work is published by Éditions Actes Sud.