À vif

Written and adapted by Lars Norén


September October 2020
Available soon


À vif

2020-09-01 00:00:00 2020-10-31 00:00:00

Available soon

Lars Norén is reuniting with the Troupe, which he has already written plays for twice. Here he honours the philosopher Simone Weil, whose work has been his constant companion. He takes this dark star whose life, dedicated to the search for truth, was as brief as her thinking is dazzling, associating her with two of her contemporaries Georges Bataille and Simone de Beauvoir, all the better to question the idea of democracy and freedom.

“I have a very happy memory of directing Poussière [Dust] at the Comédie-Française. I have a great respect for this theatre and its history, which is always very present. It could be a heavy burden to rehearse within its walls, but nothing weighs on you thanks to all the people who work there.

I met Françoise Gillard during the production of Pur, and Dominique Blanc and Hervé Pierre when working on Poussière. I chose them for À vif [On Edge] before I even wrote the play. They are wonderful actors. I immediately thought of Françoise for Simone Weil. In Dominique I see things that she still hasn’t explored or done before. As for Hervé, he is not afraid, he can act anything. I think about them when I write, I am aware of them. Of course the character is primary but it is a great advantage to write while knowing the actors so as to really be sincere. I am more focused on the different facets of their characters and, as always, I will continue to write during rehearsals, up to the premiere. The play changes because of the actors, we work together.

I have wanted to write about Simone Weil for a long time. She has been with me since I was 12 years old, when my literature teacher gave me Gravity and Grace to read. It left its mark on me. Of course, I didn’t understand everything, but I was gripped by the beauty and depth of her words. I have read it over and over again throughout my life.
I believe that making her voice heard, along with the strength of her writing and ideas, is essential at this time. Coming back to her definition of democracy and commitment, to the concepts of people, work and freedom. Expressing her relationship to Truth and Beauty. To the spiritual life too. Her political vision and uncompromising commitment to workers are incredibly illuminating in our world where extreme ideas are increasingly finding fertile ground.
At this point in time, I don’t know what the atmosphere of my play will be like. My characters have faces and bodies, and the three actors I have chosen are amazing. The play will be created from the confrontation of the traces of Simone Weil in my memory with their being. I am waiting to hear all these voices, which to a large extent will murmur the lines to me.” LARS NORÉN





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