Au revoir parapluie
Creation 2007
Théâtre Vidy Lausanne (CH)

I quite liked “dear shadows”…

I could also have called it “The Flying Fishing Hooks”, “The House of Rains”, or a few other words that also belonged to the show… The struggle between “the fish hooks” and “the umbrellas” was particularly violent over the last few months, as the artists and I felt the first night approaching … “the fish hooks” were “inflamed”, “melancholic”, “strange”, “wounded”, “wild”… but the umbrella finally prevailed.


It cannot unfold in the warmth of houses… it protects us from our storms… we close it when all is over… and it never willingly turns its coat…


A rain eclipse… the umbrella…


Well, what’s the story about? It’s a story about a story (about a story about a story about a story…) that cannot be told.


It’s a very intimate story, and therefore very demure, almost wild! It belongs at the beginning, when one being loves another, and seasons waltz backwards… against the beat, against time. Right up against it.


Burning the candle at both ends, round we go again! We can do it on the merry-go-round… and also in theatre. This is what illusion makers believe.


Winding back the clock…


Back to a point where a choice can be made?


Back to a point where things can be prevented? Where harm can be avoided?


Getting old. Getting young. Laughing or dying?


At least one woman, at least one man, and at least one surprise, a stranger, a snag… two or three attempts… a pretty smile, a frown… many setbacks of course… and also… love, madness, a child, death, reason, dancing… all breathless, to the point of exhaustion?


Am I forgetting anything?


Yes! Life! Hope! Escape! whoops! Obstinacy!


So… see you in a moment.

James Thierrée
Molière 2007, regional show
  • Directed by:
  • James Thierrée

  • Performed by :
  • James Thierrée, Kaori Ito, Magnus Jakobsson, Satchie Noro, Maria Sendow

  • Costumes:
  • Victoria Thierrée, Manon Gignoux

  • Lightning:
  • Jérôme Sabre

  • Sound:
  • Thomas Delot

  • Stage managers:
  • Marc Moura, Guillaume Pissembon

  • Wardrobe and props:
  • Liliane Hérin

  • Assistant Director:
  • Sidonie Pigeon

  • Administration / Production:
  • Emmanuelle Taccard

  • Acknowledgements:
  • Marion Levy, Isabelle Sadoyan, Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre Paris Villette, Monika Schwarzl, Matthieu Bony, Chien Noir, Prelud, Marie Rossetti, Harold Guidolin , Pierre Jean Verbraeken, Antonin Maurel and Bruno Fontaine.

  • Co-productions:
  • Compagnie du Hanneton, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, La Coursive scène nationale de La Rochelle, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Le Théâtre scène nationale de Narbonne, Maison de la Culture de Nevers, Espace Jacques Prévert Aulnay-Sous-Bois, Théâtre André Malraux Rueil Malmaison, Sadlers Wells Theatre Londres in association with Crying out Loud (GB)

  • With the support of :
  • DRAC Bourgogne, Adami, Conseil Régional de Bourgogne, and the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication

Les Echos
May 24, 2007
Gilles Costaz
"Thierrée projette et explore un univers fantastique qui est en lui et a un certain air de famille avec les compositions de sa mère Victoria Chaplin. On est ainsi dans la logique illogique du rire et l'irrationnel inexplicable de l'onirisme."
les Inrocks
May 15, 2007
Hugues le Tanneur
"Une fantaisie charmeuse et hallucinée, inspirée du mythe d'Orphée, infiniment drô inquiétant."