A series of meetings between Georges Banu and great actors at the Théâtre de la Ville.
Angela Winkler on 25th October, Yoshi Oida on 15th November, Hugues Quester on 13th December, Laurent Poitrenaud on 10th January.
On the occasion of the publication of The Actors' Travels, Georges Banu, essayist and professor emeritus of theatrical studies at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University, will lead a series of meetings at the Théâtre de la Ville, with significant figures of contemporary theatre. Angela Winkler on 25th October, Yoshi Oida on 15th November, Hugues Quester on 13th December, Laurent Poitrenaud on 10th January.
The Actors' Travels
By Georges Banu
Collection "Pratiques du Théâtre"
Published on October, 25 2012
Contemporary theatre has been developing for years under the hegemony of the stage director. From Jean Vilar to Peter Brook or Arianne Mnouchkine, stage directors have imposed their hallmarks and given birth to memorable shows. But for some years now, the figure of the actor is given more and more space to reassert itself. The actor and its "return" are the starting point of Georges Banu's essay, which invites to go through "the actors' travels" by questioning the newest practices of today works of acting: the foreign actor in his relationship with language, the actor dealing with "gender" issues and travesty, the actor and painting, the actor and the ageing issue .
To Georges Banu, the modern actor imposes his personnal presence through the role: contemplating an actor on stage enables us to meet the true artist that serves the role, exceeding it at the same time thanks to his own singular "genius", his individual investment, his own way of asserting himself. He asserts himself as a strong artistic identity, in capacity to go "beyond the role".
Thanks to his in-depth knowledge of the European theatre of these last decades and to a sense of perspective that never sacrifices the concrete aspects of the actor's work, Georges Banu's essay convokes and conjures up some of the greatest performers of our time: Gérard Philipe, Ryszard Cieslak, Sotigui Kouyaté, Yoshi Oida, André Wilms, Philippe Clévenot, Valérie Dréville, Hughes Quester, Marcel Iures…