In 2003, la Chartreuse is celebrating its thirtieth
Thirty years of fruitful collaboration between artists,
theatre professionals and audiences, initiating a
radically contemporary project in an exceptional site.
Thirty years to produce a creative environment in
which to foster new talent.
The residencies are the very basis of our cultural
initiative at La Chartreuse, a time for people to
meet and exchange views. Since 1991, when the Centre
national des écritures du spectacle (CNES)
was created, nearly 400 playwrights have been in residence
at La Chartreuse.
The theme residencies are designed to give playwrights
selected by the CNES a chance to work on a particular
element of writing during three months (comedy, theatre
for young audiences, melodrama, etc.). Individual
residencies are for playwrights who have obtained
a grant from an institution or organisation in France
(Ministère de la Culture, Centre national des
lettres, "Beaumarchais", etc.) or abroad.
In 2003, the following playwrights were in residence
at La Chartreuse: Thérèse André-Abdélaziz,
Pierre Astrié, Jean Cagnard, François
Chaffin, Sylvie Chenus, Nicolas Crombet, Thierry Debroux,
Valérie Deronzier, Ilias Driss, Éric
Durnez, Paul Emond, Loïc Flameng, Sarah Fourage,
Marc Frémond, Igor Futerrer, Claire Gatineau,
Marc-Michel Georges, Jean-Jacques Greneau, Sarah Kéryna,
Marie-Line Laplante, Philippe Malone, Serge Martin,
Eddy Pallaro, Antoine Pickels, Françoise Pillet,
Jeanne Poitevin, Baghera Poulin, Emmanuel Schaeffer,
Miguel Angel Sevilla, Frédéric Sonntag,
Jacky Viallon, Matéi Visniec, Dominique Wittorski,
and translators Silvia Berutti-Ronel, Gianni Poli
and Violeta Tauragiené.
Regional Itinéraire d'auteur ("PlayRoutes")
For the past six years La Chartreuse has been developing
a network of venues and places for promoting contemporary
playwriting with regional lending libraries.
Public readings by professional actors from the area,
staged by directors familiar with the plays, were
held daily over a period of a month and half in libraries
in the Gard and Vaucluse regions. The librarians have
gradually built up their collections of plays through
this "Chartreuse outside the walls". They
have also become well-informed springboards for new
playwriting and are regular participants in our activities
at the CNES.
Itinéraire d'auteur Michel Vinaver
After Yves Reynaud (1998), Daniel Lemahieu (1999),
Serge Valletti (2000), Denise Bonal (2001) and Suzanne
Lebeau (2002), La Chartreuse has chosen Michel Vinaver
as the focus of "Itinéraire" in 2003
with a special issue of Les Cahiers de Prospero entitled
"La Voie Vinaver" (no8, éditions
La Chartreuse - Centre national des écritures
du spectacle, July 1996).
Anne-Marie Lazarini directed 24 readings of Dissident,
il va sans dire, Nina, c'est autre chose, Les Travaux
et les Jours and Les Voisins in the network
of libraries in the Gard and Vaucluse regions, including
two readings of all four plays at the université
Paul-Valéry theatre in Montpellier and at La
Chartreuse (in the presence of Michel Vinaver).
La Chartreuse also hosted:
- An inter-academic seminar on plays and performances,
focusing on the work of Michel Vinaver, who attended
the event along with Christian Giriat, Alain Knapp,
Jean-Pierre Ryngaert and Alain Simon.
- Meetings between drama schools around the theme
of Vinaver's plays, with the Avignon, Grenoble and
Marseille Conservatoires, and the Aix-en-Provence
Companie de l'entraînement.
The next Itinéraire d'auteur (2004) will be
devoted to Jacques Rebotier.
The goal is to bring artists together, to break new
ground and cross disciplines.
Playwrights - Directors
In addition to confronting playwrights' needs and
directors' desires, these "arranged marriages"
have resulted in several artistic projects since 2001.
A new session took place in spring 2003.
Playwrights - Puppeteers
These encounters initiated in 1999 have inspired a
renewal of dramatic forms. Nearly all of the projects
hatched here have resulted in productions. In 2003,
playwrights Gilles Aufray, Jean Cagnard, François
Chaffin, Nicolas Crombet, Éric Durnez, Philippe
Malone, Philippe Minyana, Nathalie Papin and Matéi
Visniec took part in an exchange with puppeteers Sylvie
Baillon, Claire Dancoisne, Claire Latarget, Guillaume
Lecamus, Alain Lecucq, Massimo Schuster and Pascal
La Chartreuse provides training in theatre praxis
for amateurs and professionals (secondary school theatre
programme with workshops for students and teachers,
and workshops for drama school students).
In 2003 Sylvie Chenus and Françoise Pillet
led workshops for teachers; David Lescot worked with
acting students from the regional drama school in
Cannes; Anne-Laure Liégeois and Sylvie Chenus
conducted a training course with the circus school
from Châlons-en-Champagne; lastly, Alain Gautré
and Catherine Zambon led a "clowns and writing"
workshop (approved by AFDAS).
With Les Cahiers de Prospero and the "Itinéraire
d'auteur" collection, the CNES has pursued its
publishing activities begun in 1991 with the aim of
reporting on the state of theatre production and promoting
Les Cahiers de Prospero
Every issue is devoted to a playwright, who chooses
a theme approved by La Chartreuse such as "short
forms", "transmission", etc. Viewpoints
and questions that reach beyond the world of theatre
are thus approached through a playwright's original
voice and subjective choices. By broadening the field
of exploration to the world of philosophy, poetry
and politics, Les Cahiers de Prospero opens the debate
on cross-disciplinarity in the arts and contributes
to further reflection about writing.
''Itinéraire d'auteur'' collection
The "Itinéraire d'auteur" collection
follows a playwright's artistic career and retraces
his writing experiences in an attempt to shed light
on his work in a biographical, anecdotal and analytical
way, and to explore the deep inner structure of his
writing through interviews conducted by someone who
is a playwright and friend. Since 1998 there have
been six issues, on Yves Reynaud (1998), Daniel Besnehard
(1998), Daniel Lemahieu (1999), Serge Valletti (1999),
Denise Bonal (2001), and Suzanne Lebeau (2002).
This year Françoise du Chaxel puts together
issue no 7 on the late Jean Audureau, featuring interviews
with his close relations and directors of his plays,
personal accounts, correspondence with his family,
Hubert Gignoux, Jean-Louis Barrault, Jean Vauthier,
Patrice Chéreau, etc., poems from his youth,
unpublished work, analyses of his plays, reviews,
a photo album and excerpts from his plays.
An "Itinéraire d'auteur" devoted
to Jacques Rebotier is being prepared for 2004.
The purpose of these meetings for theatre professionals
is to showcase projects in a pre-production phase,
and to initiate exchanges between creative talent
(playwrights, directors, set designers, actors), producers
and presenters interested in promoting contemporary
theatre. They strive to foster new styles of writing/writers,
to examine aesthetic choices, to promote future productions,
and to be a springboard for "risky" projects.
With few exceptions, the projects all find producers
through the contacts developed at the Contemporaines
On 7, 8 and 9 November 2003, the 9th Contemporaines
meeting hosted a dozen projects initiated by theatre
Rencontres d'été (Summer Sessions)
The Rencontres d'été are a spectacular
manifestation of the theatre work that takes place
throughout the year at La Chartreuse. They are a showcase
for new writing styles, new connections to the stage
and audiences, cross-disciplinary experimentation
in the arts ranging from painting and sculpture to
philosophy and poetry. By staging readings and innovative
playwriting the Rencontres d'été have
been a springboard for theatre companies that have
dared to show work to general audiences and professionals
by playwrights such as Christine Angot, Alain Béhar,
Jean Cagnard, Christian Caro, Normand Chaurette, Daniel
Danis, Emmanuel Darley, Didier-Georges Gabily, Laurent
Gaudé, Hervé Guibert, Christophe Huysman,
Suzanne Joubert, Patrick Kermann, Fabienne Mounier
and others. Over the years the Rencontres d'été
developed their own personality parallel to the Avignon
Festival. A closer collaboration in the future between
the two is in the offing.
La Chartreuse is also a library for contemporary
theatre (6000 plays), a specialised bookshop (over
8000 books in the field of contemporary theatre),
the Répertoire des auteurs dramatiques français
contemporains (available online at www.chartreuse.org),
readings in people's homes, meetings with playwrights
in residence, reading committees, etc.
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