Saigon

With Les Hommes Approximatifs, much happens during the gaps. Whole existences can slide in there, between two gestures or words. For example, the simple observation that Saigon is now a long-forgotten name widens unfathomable distances. The lives of some were played out there, between 1956 and 1996. They have often remained discreet, silent. The mother tongue has sometimes been smothered, to the point of extinction. But History, provided we knew how to hear it, can reveal itself in the course of an intimate exchange, or a word erased from memory half a century ago. An associate artist at the Odéon, the poetic flesh of Caroline Guiela Nguyen’s shows stems from a long process of immersion and encounters, followed by onstage collective writing. This latest project groups together French and Vietnamese actors in order to bring substance to a France “which needs to tell its story beyond its own frontiers”. The play, a bouquet of voices and faces, is set in a Vietnamese restaurant, a setting for all times and places. Saigon criss-crosses stories of exiles and love taken from hundreds of shared emotions in France and Vietnam, before transforming them into theatre. As Carolina Guiela Nguyen concludes: “Our company’s major preoccupation is knowing which of the stories we bring are answers to the world we live in”.

Berthier 17e

France

Berthier 17e

12 january – 10 february 2018 / Length 3h15 with an interval

Saigon

a production by Caroline Guiela Nguyen / associate artist

les Hommes Approximatifs

with Caroline Arrouas, Dan Artus, Adeline Guillot, Thi Truc Ly Huynh, Hoàng Son Lê, Phú Hau Nguyen, My Chau Nguyen Thi, Pierric Plathier, Thi Thanh Thu Tô, Anh Tran Nghia, Hiep Tran Nghia

in French and Vietnamese subtitled in French

Timetable

From Tuesday tu Saturday at 19h30, Sunday at 15h. No performances on Sunday 14th January.

Length 3h15 with an interval

Votre venue

Berthier 17e
Access

Prices

from 8€ to 36€
More info

Booking online opens December 5th. January 2d for the previews.

Accessibility

Subtitles in English on February, Saturday 10th

  • Saigon | photo © Jean-Louis Fernandez
    photo © Jean-Louis Fernandez
  • Saigon | photo © Jean-Louis Fernandez
    photo © Jean-Louis Fernandez
  • Saigon | photo © Jean-Louis Fernandez
    photo © Jean-Louis Fernandez
  • Saigon | photo © Jean-Louis Fernandez
    photo © Jean-Louis Fernandez
  • Saigon | photo © Jean-Louis Fernandez
    photo © Jean-Louis Fernandez
  • Saigon | photo © Jean-Louis Fernandez
    photo © Jean-Louis Fernandez

With Les Hommes Approximatifs, much happens during the gaps. Whole existences can slide in there, between two gestures or words. For example, the simple observation that Saigon is now a long-forgotten name widens unfathomable distances. The lives of some were played out there, between 1956 and 1996. They have often remained discreet, silent. The mother tongue has sometimes been smothered, to the point of extinction. But History, provided we knew how to hear it, can reveal itself in the course of an intimate exchange, or a word erased from memory half a century ago. An associate artist at the Odéon, the poetic flesh of Caroline Guiela Nguyen’s shows stems from a long process of immersion and encounters, followed by onstage collective writing. This latest project groups together French and Vietnamese actors in order to bring substance to a France “which needs to tell its story beyond its own frontiers”. The play, a bouquet of voices and faces, is set in a Vietnamese restaurant, a setting for all times and places. Saigon criss-crosses stories of exiles and love taken from hundreds of shared emotions in France and Vietnam, before transforming them into theatre. As Carolina Guiela Nguyen concludes: “Our company’s major preoccupation is knowing which of the stories we bring are answers to the world we live in”.

Previews

Previews Box office opening dates Prices single-price 50%
10th and 11th January / 20h
2d January 2017
18€ / 14€

Previews at the Odéon, this is 6000 half-price seats!
From January 2017 onwards, we will be offering two half-price preview performances for long-running shows.
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Credits

artistical collaboration Claire Calvi
scenography Alice Duchange
costumes Benjamin Moreau
lights Jérémie Papin
sound creation Antoine Richard
musical composition Teddy Gauliat-Pitois, Antoine Richard
dramaturgy Jérémie Scheidler, Manon Worms
translation Duc Duy Nguyen, Thi Thanh Thu Tô
script consultant Nicolas Fleureau

production les Hommes Approximatifs, La Comédie de Valence – centre dramatique national Drôme-Ardèche
coproduction Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe, MC2 : Grenoble, Festival d’Avignon, Centre dramatique national de Normandie – Rouen, Théâtre national de Strasbourg, Centre dramatique régional de Tours –  Théâtre Olympia, La Comédie de Reims – CDN, Théâtre National de Bretagne – Rennes, Théâtre du Beauvaisis – Scène nationale de l’Oise en préfiguration, Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse

with the financial support of la Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, du Conseil départemental de la Drôme, the Institut français dans le cadre de son programme Théâtre Export
 with the support of the Institut français du Vietnam, Université de Théâtre et de Cinéma de Hô-Chi-Minh-Ville and La Chartreuse, Villeneuve lez Avignon – Centre national des écritures du spectacle
with the artistical participation of the Jeune théâtre national

#Saigon

Excerpt

Mon amour, ma vie,
J’ai marché dans Saigon sans savoir où j’allais.
Je ne me rends pas compte.
Ça n’est pas pensable.
Ne plus te voir.

Caroline Guiela Nguyen : Saigon