Theater, opera, dance, circus, humor … The beautiful scenes of the start of the 2021 school year

By Sandrine Blanchard, Rosita Boisseau, Fabienne Darge, Marie-Aude Roux and Brigitte Salino

Posted on September 18, 2021 at 12:44 a.m. – Updated on September 18, 2021 at 5:21 a.m.

From the resumption of Fly at the Bouffes du Nord to a new creation of The Cherry Orchard at the Comédie-Française, through the Lost illusions revisited by Pauline Bayle and the new show by Nicolas Bouchaud; from Verdi to Rossi; From the multidisciplinary Actoral festival to shows by comedians Bérengère Krief and Haroun, here is our selection of scenic events not to be missed this fall.

“La Mouche”, by Christian Hecq and Valérie Lesort

Christine Murillo in

It was the unidentified flying and theatrical object that caused a lot of talk at the start of 2020. The Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord is offering new life to Fly, where we find the offbeat, tinkered, vintage and wacky scenic universe of the couple formed by the puppeteer and director Valérie Lesort, and the extraordinary actor Christian Hecq. The highlight of the show is his transformation, on sight, into a dipterous creature, the pinnacle of his art as an acrobatic and hyper expressive actor.

The show was awarded by three Molières in June 2020: visual creation, actor in a public theater show for Christian Hecq and actress in a public theater show for Christine Murillo.

Bouffes du Nord Theater, Paris 10e, until September 25.
Read also: A very human “Fly” at the Bouffes du Nord

“Das Weinen (Das Wähnen)” and “No idea”, by Christoph Marthaler

The Swiss director Christoph Marthaler and his world unlike any other had become rare in Paris in recent years. Here they are back thanks to the Autumn Festival, where the master presents two creations.

Das Weinen (Das Wähnen), choral and musical comedy, is inspired by the visual artist and performer Dieter Roth (1930-1998), who became known for his sculptures using perishable materials. In No idea, Marthaler wonders how to approach the phenomenon of lacuna in the theater, in the company of her faithful actor Graham Valentine and cellist Martin Zeller. Lightness and absurd humor in perspective.

Nanterre-Amandiers Theater (Hauts-de-Seine), from October 6 to 10 (Fall festival).
City Theater-Les Abbesses, Paris 18e, from 1er to November 14 (Fall festival).

“Lost Illusions”, by Pauline Bayle

Jenna Thiam (left) and Charlotte Van Bervesselès (right), in “Lost Illusions”, by Pauline Bayle, in Albi (Tarn), January 7, 2021.

Each generation has its Lost illusions. The Théâtre de la Bastille presents those of thirty-year-olds who are not cold in their eyes: they throw themselves into Honoré de Balzac’s novel as one throws oneself into a ring, with the desire to experience and understand what he is so is ambition in a France torn between the provinces and Paris, magnetized by money and success.

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