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Players, Mao II, The Names, Julien Gosselin, 2018 © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

A production structure

The Festival d’Avignon is recognised for its capacity to produce and co-produce shows, thus helping companies finalise their production budgets and setting up tours. It supports the creation of new projects and helps companies in their dealings with co-producers, but also with local, national, and international authorities. With many international shows programmed at the Festival (65% in 2020), the production department of the Festival d’Avignon works in close collaboration with international teams to present those productions in their original language with French surtitles, focusing on the quality of the translation and surtitling, often commissioned specifically for the Festival.

Every year, the Festival co-produces over half the shows of its programme (60% in 2020). It can also lend material support thanks to LaFabricA and its workshops. Several residencies take place there over the winter and spring, some of which also include set building or engineering help to find technical solutions to artistic wishes. La FabricA welcomes artists for a total of over one hundred days of residencies every year.

La FabricA : A place for residencies, creation and artistic actions

An executive producer

In addition to its work as a co-producer, the Festival d’Avignon produces its own shows, working as an executive producer for some of them. In that regard, the Festival is responsible for the financial and technical aspects of the production, serving as the employer of all artists, collaborators, and technicians working on the show. It also makes its Avignon workshops available for set building. Moreover, it also serves as a tour manager in France and abroad.

Shows currently on tour: Love Triumphant, Friendship

- Love Triumphant, written and directed by Olivier Py (2019)

- The Odyssey, by Homer, created by Blandine Savetier (2019)

- Friendship, directed by Irène Bonnaud (2019)

- Macbeth philosopher, by William Shakespeare, created by Olivier Py and Enzo Verdet with the Centre pénitentiaire Avignon-Le Pontet (2019)

- Pure Present, written and directed by Olivier Py (2018)

- Ladies, Gentlemen and the reste of the world, created by David Bobée (2018)

- Antigone, by Sophocles, created by Olivier Py with the Centre pénitentiaire Avignon-Le Pontet (2018)

- A Lad’s Word, by Nadjette Boughalem with the Maison Pour Tous Champfleury (2018)

- The Parisians, written and directed by Olivier Py (2017)

- Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, created by Olivier Py with the Centre pénitentiaire Avignon-Le Pontet (2017)

- We’ll have everything, created by Christiane Taubira and Anne-Laure Liégeois (2017)

- Prometheus Bound, by Aeschylus, translated and directed by Olivier Py (2016)

-Straight to the Heart, choreography by Thierry Thieû Niang (2016)

- The Sky, the Night, and the Glorious Stone, created by La Piccola Familia (2016)

- King Lear, by William Shakespeare, translated and directed by  Olivier Py (2015)

- Plato’s Republic, adaptated by Alain Badiou, read by Valérie Dréville, Didier Galas, Grégoire Ingold (2015)

- The Prince of Homburg, by Heinrich von Kleist, directed by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti (2014)

- Orlando or Impatience, written and directed by Olivier Py (2014)

- The Girl, the Devil and the Mill, based on the brothers Grimm, written and directed by Olivier Py (2014)

- Cour d'honneur, directed by Jérôme Bel (2013)

- Walk about the Villages, written by Peter Handke, directed by Stanislas Nordey (2013)

- Ultimate track, directed by Séverine Chavrier (2012)

- At Least I Will Have Left a Beautiful Corpse, based on William Shakespeare, directed by Vincent Macaigne (2011)

- Miss Julie, by August Strindberg, directed by Frédéric Fisbach (2011)

- My Secret Garden, written by Falk Richter and Stanislas Nordey (2010)

- The Tragedy of King Richard II, by William Shakespeare, directed by Jean-Baptiste Sastre (2010)

- Papperlapapp, directed by Christoph Marthaler and Anna Viebrock (2010)

- Angelo, the Tyrant of Padua, by Victor Hugo, directed by Christophe Honoré (2009)

- The War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness, directed by Amos Gitai (2009)

- Break of Noon, by Paul Claudel, directed by Gaël Baron, Nicolas Bouchaud, Charlotte Clamens, Valérie Dréville, and Jean-François Sivadier (2008)

- The Silence of the Communists, by Vittorio Foa, Miriam Mafai, and Alfredo Reichlin, directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent (2007)

- Cruda, vuelta y vuelta, al punto, chamuscada, directed by Rodrigo García (2007)

- Paso Doble, directed by Miquel Barceló and Josef Nadj (2006)

Emmanuelle Poyard, Production and Booking Manager

Anne-Mathilde Di Tomaso, Director of Production

Providing exposure and lending its reputation

If the Festival d’Avignon welcomes tens of thousands of lovers of the performing arts every year, it counts among its spectators many French and international professionals attracted by the many productions and creations on offer, the international reputation of the event, but also by the chance it provides to meet other professionals, to talk about issues pertaining to the performing arts, and to acquire knowledge and skills. About 12% of our audience are professionals eager to discover our creations for their own programming needs. This is amplified by the large media coverage of the Festival (600 journalists every year, for a total of 3,000 reports and articles).

Being programmed at the Festival d’Avignon (which covers the exploitation and housing costs for invited companies) leads to a tenfold increase in the number of tour dates for a show. The shows seen at the Festival then travel the world, playing a part in the circulation of ideas and aesthetics, and in the economy of a sector. On average, two years after their appearance at the Festival d’Avignon (with its 100,000 spectators), the shows of any given edition put together have been seen by 500,000 spectators in over 300 cities. In other words, 1 festivalgoer means 2 spectators one year later and 5 two years later!

The house of performing arts professionals

The Institut supérieur des techniques du spectacle (ISTS) and the Festival d’Avignon welcome the House of performing arts professionals in the Cloître Saint-Louis every year.

Along with professional institutions, social organisations, and national resources centres, they pool their resources and make their locations and skills available to all to offer a cultural public service open to all performing arts professionals. Many questions are tackled every year: the economy of the performing arts, education, research, the audience, environmental and social responsibility, etc.

The House of performing arts professionals provides work spaces as well as public debates, panels, and training sessions. It provides a wide range of services and unique information (one-on-one meetings with experts and advisors, presentations of individual projects, panels, document resources in the information centre, training modules for professionals, etc.).

- a convivial space in partnership with the Hôtel du Cloître Saint-Louis,
- priority booking of work and public panel rooms,
- technical equipment adapted to professional events (broadband Wi-Fi, video projectors, sound systems, etc.),
- a common space of work and resources,
- reception service,
- communication about their events and services on the website of the Festival d’Avignon,
- Guide of the performing arts professional published by the ISTS and the Festival d’Avignon,
- institutional exposure for their missions and activities in our communication documents.

The house of performing arts professionals