The Other
by Françoise Gillard and Claire Richard
Directed by Françoise Gillard and Claire Richard


5 22 February 2015



2015-02-05 00:00:00 2015-02-22 00:00:00

The Other is a singular project, a call for the breaking down of barriers between the arts born of a desire for openness and encounter.

After Signature, a choreography created in 2010 with the dancer and choreographer Claire Richard, Françoise Gillard has gathered actors from the troupe of the Comédie-Française to embark them on a new dance adventure. Going beyond the boundaries of their discipline, the actors will work on movement and reinvent their relationship to the body –bodies of earth or rubber, bodies that are generous, aerial or athletic. This experience –physical and intimate– is also a way of conceiving the collective differently, of confronting one’s own otherness. In a mobile set and using video media, this fascinating and frightening “other” becomes a terrain of exploration yielding multiple perspectives –artistic, human, and societal. Through solo, duet or group performances, this atypical ballet body blows conventions wide open by embracing a delightful creative freedom.

Françoise Gillard et Claire Richard, the authors and directors
Françoise Gillard entered the Brussels Royal Conservatory in 1991, in the class of Pierre Laroche, and graduated with a first prize for performance. She joined the Comédie-Française in 1997 and became the 507th sociétaire in 2002. She notably played Roxane in Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac directed by Denis Podalydès, the title role in Molière’s Psyché directed by Véronique Vella, and sang in the Cabaret Boris Vian directed by Serge Bagdassarian. She was also Anouilh’s Antigone for Marc Paquien, Stella for Lee Breuer in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, Cassandra for Denis Marleau in Seneca’s Agamemnon, Alarica for Andrzej Seweryn in Audiberti'sLe Mal Court and created the role of “she” in Lars Norén’s Pure, directed by the author. Fond of crossing artistic languages, Françoise Gillard is interested in choreography and in 2010 performed Signature, a show inspired by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui that she created under the supervision of Claire Richard. With The Other she is continuing the collaboration with Claire Richard, a dancer and performer who, since the start of her career in 1980, has participated in productions by François Raffinot, Joëlle Bouvier and Mathilde Monnier, as well as in more than twenty of Claude Brumachon’s shows. Since 1999, she has been working on actors’ movements in theatre projects. Working regularly with Christophe Rauck, Claire Richard designed the choreography in his production of Beaumarchais’ Marriage of Figaro in the Salle Richelieu in 2007. She once again worked with the Comédiens-Français on Jean-René Lemoine’s Erzuli Dahomey, Goddess of Love directed by Éric Génovèse at the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier in 2012.

Cette création est présentée en avant-première au CENTQUATRE-PARIS les 23 et 24 janvier à 20h30.

Creative team

Conception : Françoise Gillard et Claire Richard
Sur une idée originale de : Françoise Gillard
Dramaturgie : Albena Dimitrova
Décor : Gilles Taschet
Son et vidéo : Nicolas Faguet
Lumières : Emmanuel Ferreira Dos Reis
Costumes et accessoires : Katell Lucas
Maquillages et coiffures : Catherine Bloquère

Chanson L’autre autrement et pourtant avec la participation de Bali Murphy


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En raison du renforcement des mesures de sécurité dans le cadre du plan Vigipirate « Urgence attentat », nous vous demandons de vous présenter 30 minutes avant le début de la représentation afin de faciliter le contrôle.

Nous vous rappelons également qu’un seul sac (de type sac à main, petit sac à dos) par personne est admis dans l’enceinte des trois théâtres de la Comédie-Française. Tout spectateur se présentant muni d’autres sacs (sac de courses, bagage) ou objets encombrants, se verra interdire l’entrée des bâtiments.