D'après Miguel de Cervantes

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Gwenaël Morin

France / Created in 2024

A loose adaptation of Cervantes’s epic, this new version of Quixote launches an assault on literature to reflect on today’s utopias. 

Quichotte, Gwenaël Morin, rehearsal photos, Jeanne Balibar and Gwenaël Morin,2024 © Christophe Raynaud de Lage


Whether he is staging Sophocles’s tragedies in the middle of the countryside under the pouring rain or playing Shakespeare at breakneck speed, Gwenaël Morin’s intense shows feel like they are being invented on the spot. From Don Quixote—the hidalgo who wanted to live like a knight in a novel—the director has retained the fierce desire to test theatre against real life. He tackles Cervantès’s masterwork with the promise to turn it upside down, accompanied by a whimsical team: Jeanne Balibar as the picaresque heroine, Marie-Noëlle as her horse, Thierry Dupont as Sancho Panza, and himself in the role of the donkey... Far from being a simple escape, literature becomes a means to create meaning amid the chaos. Démonter les remparts pour finir le pont is an unprecedented collaboration with Gwenaël Morin who, starting in 2023 and for four years, will be creating a play based on the repertoire and in relation to the guest language of each edition. 

Este Quijote de nuevo cuño, versión libre de la novela épica de Cervantes, se lanza al asalto de la literatura para pensar las utopías actuales. 


With Jeanne Balibar, Thierry Dupont, Marie-Noëlle, Gwenaël Morin
Text Miguel de Cervantes
Adaptation, direction and set design Gwenaël Morin
Light design Philippe Gladieux
Translation Louis Viardot
Assistant director Léo Martin
Voice work Myriam Djemour
General and light Manager Loïc Even
Stage Manager Jules Guittier
Production and distribution Lison Bellanger, Emmanuelle Ossena, Charlotte Pesle Beal (Epoc productions)


Executive production Compagnie Gwenaël Morin - Théâtre Permanent
Coproduction Festival d'Avignon, La Villette (Paris), Théâtre national de Bordeaux en Aquitaine, Bonlieu Scène nationale d'Annecy, Théâtre Garonne Scène européenne (Toulouse), Les Célestins Théâtre de Lyon, L'Oiseau Mouche (Roubaix), Théâtre du Bois de l'Aune (Aix-en-Provence), Théâtre Sorano Scène conventionnée (Toulouse), Théâtre Saint-Gervais (Geneva), Malraux Scène nationale Chambéry Savoie
With support from Ministère de la Culture Drac Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Ensatt
Residencies Théâtre national de Bordeaux en Aquitaine, La Ménagerie de verre (Paris), La Villette (Paris), Festival d'Avignon, Maison Jean Vilar (Avignon)
La compagnie Gwenaël Morin - Théâtre Permanent is supported by Drac Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.
L'Oiseau Mouche Roubaix is in executive production for Thierry Dupont.

Don Quichotte by Miguel de Cervantes, translated by Jean-Raymond Fanlo, is published by Le Livre de Poche.

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