About 2,500 years ago, Plato wrote the dialogues that would make up The Republic, a reflection on justice within man, on the organisation of political life, and on the role philosophers would play in an “ideal” city. About eleven years ago, philosopher Alain Badiou began re-reading and translating this seminal text, in order to create a modern version of it. To the original text, he added a reflection fed by the evolutions, revolutions, and interrogations political philosophy has gone through since Plato's time. This corpus, newly rewritten for the Festival d'Avignon, aims to “shine a light on Plato's modern resonance and power,” and to put the Republic at the heart of this 69th edition of the Festival. It will be read daily, all through the Festival. Thanks to directors Valérie Dréville, Didier Galas, and Grégoire Ingold, as well as to the students of the École régionale d'acteurs de Cannes, the people of Avignon will make those dialogues theirs, along with festival-goers, artists, politicians, and simple citizens, in order to share them with the audience, in a strong desire for knowledge. They will give us to hear the evolution of an idea which will be built and rebuilt thanks to everyone's participation, readers and listeners alike. The goal will be to establish true exchange, at a time when people so often talk at cross purposes. The Republic: a unique and unifying project, worthy of the issues mankind has to face in a world that seems to have lost all meaning.
After studying philosophy, Alain Badiou becomes a secondary school teacher, then a university professor in Vincennes, before joining the École Normale Supérieure Ulm. As a political activist, he is a member of the Unified Socialist Party, before creating in 1969 the Maoist Union of Communists of France Marxist-Leninist (UCFML). From 1985 to 2007, he serves as the secretary to the Organisation politique, which supports illegal immigrants. His love for the theatre leads him to work with Antoine Vitez, before writing a series of plays on his own: Ahmed le subtil (Ahmed the Subtle, 1984), Ahmed philosophe (Ahmed the Philosopher, 1995), Les Citrouilles (The Pumpkins, 1996). He has written essays about the theatre—Beckett, l'increvable désir or Éloge du théâtre—and is also a novelist and a polemicist, active in the political life of France and the world. Recognising Plato as one of his masters, he publishes in 2012 his version of Plato's Republic, the result of several years of an almost-daily work of re-reading and rewriting.
The Erac is a higher education institution created in 1990, with campuses in Cannes and Marseille, whose goal is to train actors. Graduates receive the diplôme national supérieur de comédien, in partnership with the university of Aix-Marseille, as performing arts students. The Région PACA and the State help Erac graduates find work thanks to the Fonds d'Insertion pour Jeunes Artistes Dramatiques (Funds for the Integration of Young Dramatic Artists).
A student of Antoine Vitez, Valérie Dréville has worked with Claude Régy, Anatoly Vasiliev, Alain Françon, Jean-Pierre Vincent, etc. Adept of an “adventurous” theatre, she likes encounters that culminate in collective experiments.
A student of Claude Régy, it is as an actor that Didier Galas first became interested in the concept of the mask. This led him to Japan, where he became a director. His shows are at the crossroads between visual arts, dance, and literature.
A student of Antoine Vitez, Grégoire Ingold began his career as an actor, before studying different schools of direction. He has worked for a while now on disputations, and directed about twenty shows.
Text and adaptation Alain Badiou
Direction Valérie Dréville, Didier Galas, Grégoire Ingold
Dramaturgy Michel Corvin
Preliminary work The student-actors of the Ensemble 22 of the Erac
Artistic coordinator Didier Galas
With the citizen Joanne Avateoglou, Alain Badiou, Corine Barbereau, Nadine Barriol, Mariane Benharira, Lenka Bokova, Ilona Bordji, Manon Bourbousson, Annie Brinet, Marie-Joëlle Callies, Tristan Canonge, Christine Chobriat, Corinne Derian, Philippe Dijol, Sonia Diremdjian, Thaouban Drider, Seyfora Drider, Justine Dusserre, Catherine Feldman, Anne-Marie Goulay, Claude Guintrand, Paloma Hadrot-Galaup, Marie Hurault,
Clément Istre, Marylin Langoureaux, Jonathan La Palombara, Daniel Larrieu, Bernard Lasseigne, Pascale Lebettre, Françoise Le Goff, Étiennette Lienard, Roger Marchi, Corinne Mariotte, Marie-Josée Mas, Walid Mhaidra, Alexandre Pachot, Delphine Parpeyrat, Annie Perrier, Pierre Platon, Camille Remy, Typhaine Roulland, Régine Ryckoort, Marie-Joséphine Santiago, Nadine Sehoulia, Ahlam Slama, Léna Somano, Lola Sudreau, Anamaria Tanasuc, André Textoris, Matthias Tolle, Nathalie Urset, Florence Usclat, Emmanuelle Vilain
With the students of l' Ensemble 22 of l'ERAC Valentine Basse, Julie Cardile, Sophia Chebchoub, Théo Comby Lemaitre, Gregor Daronian Kirchner, Morgan Defendente, Nina Durand-Villanova, Fabien Gaertner, Marianna Granci, Florine Mullard, Paul Pascot, Thibault Pasquier, Laurent Robert and Hermine Yollo Mingele
Production Festival d'Avignon in partnership with l'École régionale d'Acteurs de Cannes
With the support of la Fondation SNCF and SACD
With the help of CENTQUATRE-Paris
Residence at la FabricA of the Festival d'Avignon