No emancipation can happen without the use of language, that most precious of common goods. When the fight for ideas becomes poetry, when turns of phrase draw the attention and scansion hits the audience in the heart, the orator has won. Of course, one must act—rights require more than words to defend them—but the non-violent power of public speech, when it is rich and beautiful, is enough to strengthen dignity and equality. Placed by Christiane Taubira in a place beloved by the greatest writers and turned into a series by Anne-Laure Liégeois; actors, inhabitants of Avignon, and the students of the Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique give voice to texts originally said or published during the most noble of fights. Articles, poems, essays, fiction—writing takes many forms when men and women, scholars or politicians, philosophers or lawyers, have a goal in mind: the inscription into law of a new liberty. Someone steps in front of others to speak. Auditoriums, amphitheatres, tribunes, or stages: politics and theatre take place in the same locations. The Ceccano garden, this public place, once again becomes the stage and agora where unfolds the story of the fight through words, a struggle which has more often than not determined the very organisation of society.
Texts (TBC) Hannah Arendt, Antonin Artaud, Bertolt Brecht, Albert Camus, Aimé Césaire, Léon-Gontran Damas, Mahmoud Darwich, Charlotte Delbo, Marguerite Duras, Asli Erdogan, Frantz Fanon, Jean Genet, Victor Hugo, Jean Jaurès, Alphonse de Lamartine, Pablo Neruda, Marie Nimier, Olivier Py, Rainer Maria Rilke, Bertrand Russell, Georges Séféris, Nina Simone, Virginia Woolf... Conception Christiane Taubira, Anne-Laure Liégeois Dramaturgy and setting game Anne-Laure Liégeois Assistantship Camille Kolski, Roxane Isnard
With theater-loving citizens and students of the Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique And Sophie Bourel, Olivier Dutilloy, Paul Pascot, Nelson-Rafaell Madel
Production Festival d'Avignon With the support of Fondation SNCF, sponsor of the theatrical serie in the jardin Ceccano, SACD, Fijad In collaboration with the Bibliothèque Ceccano Workshops at FabricA du Festival d'Avignon