The Thousand and One Nights
Adapted and staged by Guillaume Vincent
will be presented at Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe in Paris
November 6 – December 8, 2019
with English surtitles on Saturdays
duration : 2h50 with interval
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King Shahryar, after killing his adulterous wife, decides he will marry a different virgin every night, only to have her killed the following morning. Scheherazade offers herself as a bride. She succeeds in stopping the King’s madness by telling him stories, leaving them unfinished at daybreak. The King, curious to know the end and fascinated by her storytelling talent, spares her life.
The Thousand and One Nights contains a myriad of interwoven stories dealing with the transforming power of language, desire, and love. It forged a fantasized vision of The Orient, with its sensual and exotic imagery. But it also deals with violence and exile. And today Bagdad, Basra, Mossoul, Cairo, all the cities of The Nights, are associated with images of war and revolutions, building up new fantasies in the Western world.
The show is like a journey between reality and the magical worlds of The Nights, exploring both the sheer beauty of its tales and the complexity of its contemporary resonance, through poetry, music, singing and dancing.
Alann Baillet, Florian Baron, Moustafa Benaïbout, Lucie Ben Dû, Hanaa Bouab, Andréa El Azan, Emilie Incerti Formentini, Florence Janas, Kyoko Takenaka, Makita Samba, Charles-Henri Wolff
26 and 27 September 2019 – Théâtre de Lorient – Centre Dramatique National
3 and 4 October 2019 – Le Cratère Scène nationale d’Alès
9 and 10 October 2019 – Le Parvis – scène nationale de Tarbes
16 and 17 October 2019 – Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy
6 November – 8 December 2019 – Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe – PARIS
13 and 14 December 2019 – Maison de la Culture d’Amiens
19 et 20 December 2019 – Malraux – scène nationale de Chambéry Savoie
7 and 8 January 2020 – La Comédie de Valence CDN
15 and 16 January 2020 – CDN de Besançon Franche-Comté
21 and 22 January 2020 – La Filature-Scène nationale-Mulhouse
26 and 27 January 2020 – Scène nationale de Châteauroux
4 – 8 February 2020 – Théâtre du Nord – CDN Lille Tourcoing
12 – 14 February 2020 – Théâtre de Caen
25 and 26 February 2020 – Scène nationale d’Albi
3 – 7 March 2020 – TNB-Centre Européen Théâtral et Chorégraphique – Rennes
19 – 21 March 2020 – La Criée – CDN – Marseille
25 and 26 March 2020 – Le Quartz – Scène nationale de Brest
16 and 17 June – Festival d’Anjou
is an author and stage director who graduated from the famous TNS school in Strasbourg. He has staged many classics by Marivaux, Virginia Woolf or Wedekind but also contemporary authors such as Lagarce or Fassbinder. He has staged several of his own plays : Rendez-vous gare de l’Est (2012), La Nuit tombe… (2012), both published, and Les Métamorphoses (2016), inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphosis.
He has staged operas, such as Mimi, scènes de la vie de Bohème (2014) inspired by La Bohème by Puccini, or The Second Woman (2011), adapted from the film Opening nights by Cassavetes and Curlew River by Britten (2016).
His work has been presented in the most renown venues such as Les Bouffes du Nord in Paris, where he presented Love me tender adapted from Carver’s short stories in 2018, or at La Colline – national theatre in Paris, TNS in Strasbourg and at the Avignon Festival, and also internationally in Canada, The US, Lituania, Italy, Lebanon.
His last show Songes et Métamorphoses has toured throughout France and at Odeon-Theatre de l’Europe in Paris in April 2017.
His new show, The Thousand and One Nights, will be at Odeon-Theatre de l’Europe November 6 – December 8 2019.
He is the director of the MidiMinuit Cie.