Tristesses

Tristesses (Sadness): if this name is in the plural, it is because Tristesses refers to a Scandinavian island, a crime thriller and a political phenomena. The island is an imaginary one, but only just. Anne-Cécile Vandalem uses it as the setting for a fable for our times. Martha Heiger, the leader of the Parti du Réveil Popular (Popular Awakening Party) is favorite in the forthcoming elections. She is returning to Tristesses in order to repatriate her mother’s body to the mainland. But what drove Ida to commit suicide by hanging herself next to the Danish flag? And what is her daughter really up to? Tristesses is also a Nordic thriller, and so we will not give away any of its secrets. Suffice to say, however, that its decor of isolated houses set against the night stage, and constant switching between onstage exterior and filmed interior moves Tristesses along to a rhythm worthy of the best crime series. Lastly, Tristesses invites audiences to reflect upon the rise of populism. According to Vandalem, “the saddening of nations and its peoples” is one of today’s most potent techniques for manipulating hearts and minds. But “the aesthetic power of these tears’, she adds, “is limitless”, unquantifiable, and “emotions can be the impulse, vector, or raw energy behind our decision to speak out or take action”. Indeed, this same energy won over audiences at the 2016 Festival d’Avignon. By exposing the mechanism of sadness and how it enslaves us all, the artist invites us never to succumb to it.

Odéon 6e

Place de l'Odéon Paris 75006 France

Odéon 6e

05 may – 27 may 2018 / Length 2h10

Tristesses
[Sadness]

a show by Anne-Cécile Vandalem

Das Fräulein (Kompanie)

with Vincent Cahay, Anne-Pascale Clairembourg, Epona Guillaume, Séléné Guillaume, Pierre Kissling, Vincent Lécuyer, Bernard Marbaix, Catherine Mestoussis or Zoé Kovacs, Jean-Benoît Ugeux, Anne-Cécile Vandalem, Françoise Vanhecke

Timetable

From Tuesday tu Saturday at 20h, Sunday at 15h. No performances on Sunday 20th May.

Length 2h10

Votre venue

Odéon 6e
Access

Prices

from 6€ to 40€
More info

Booking online opens March 27th. April 24th for the previews.

  • Tristesses | photo © Christophe Engels
    photo © Christophe Engels
  • Tristesses | photo © Christophe Engels
    photo © Christophe Engels
  • Tristesses | photo © Christophe Engels
    photo © Christophe Engels
  • Tristesses | photo © Phile Deprez
    photo © Phile Deprez
  • Tristesses | photo © Phile Deprez
    photo © Phile Deprez
  • Tristesses | photo © Phile Deprez
    photo © Phile Deprez

Tristesses (Sadness): if this name is in the plural, it is because Tristesses refers to a Scandinavian island, a crime thriller and a political phenomena. The island is an imaginary one, but only just. Anne-Cécile Vandalem uses it as the setting for a fable for our times. Martha Heiger, the leader of the Parti du Réveil Popular (Popular Awakening Party) is favorite in the forthcoming elections. She is returning to Tristesses in order to repatriate her mother’s body to the mainland. But what drove Ida to commit suicide by hanging herself next to the Danish flag? And what is her daughter really up to? Tristesses is also a Nordic thriller, and so we will not give away any of its secrets. Suffice to say, however, that its decor of isolated houses set against the night stage, and constant switching between onstage exterior and filmed interior moves Tristesses along to a rhythm worthy of the best crime series. Lastly, Tristesses invites audiences to reflect upon the rise of populism. According to Vandalem, “the saddening of nations and its peoples” is one of today’s most potent techniques for manipulating hearts and minds. But “the aesthetic power of these tears’, she adds, “is limitless”, unquantifiable, and “emotions can be the impulse, vector, or raw energy behind our decision to speak out or take action”. Indeed, this same energy won over audiences at the 2016 Festival d’Avignon. By exposing the mechanism of sadness and how it enslaves us all, the artist invites us never to succumb to it.

On Video

Previews

Previews Box office opening dates Prices single-price 50%
3d and 4th May / 20h
24th April
20€ / 14€ / 9€ / 7€

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

music Vincent Cahay, Pierre Kissling
scenography Ruimtevaarders
sound Jean-Pierre Urbano
lights Enrico Bagnoli
costumes Laurence Hermant
video Arié van Egmond, Fédérico D’Ambrosio
make-up Sophie Carlier

production Das Fräulein (Kompanie)
coproduction Théâtre de Liège, Le Volcan – Scène nationale du Havre, Théâtre National – Bruxelles, Théâtre de Namur – centre dramatique, Le Manège.Mons, Bonlieu scène nationale Annecy, Maison de la Culture d’Amiens, Les Théâtres – Marseille / Aix-en-Provence
coproduction as part of the Prospero's project: Théâtre national de Bretagne, Théâtre de Liège, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Göteborgs Stadsteater, Théâtre national de Croatie, World Theatre Festival Zagreb, Festival d’Athènes et d’Épidaure, Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione
with the support of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles – Service Théâtre, Wallonie-Bruxelles International, and with the help of the ESACT – École Supérieure d’Acteurs, LA HALTE – Liège, Le Boson – Bruxelles


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Excerpt

Soren Petersen (imitant le loup) : Petit cochon ? Petit cochon ? C’est moi, c’est Petersen. Petit cochon ? J’ai une question rose pour vous ! Comment s’appelle le restaurant où travaille Bob l’Éponge ? Si vous voulez, je peux vous donner un indice... C’est petit et ça a des pinces...
Petit cochon ? Je vais souffler votre maison !

Anne-Cécile Vandalem : Tristesses