1st Edition

Le Théâtre du Soleil The First Fifty-Five Years

By Béatrice Picon-Vallin Copyright 2020
    466 Pages 323 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    466 Pages 323 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Le Théâtre du Soleil traces the company’s history from a group of young, barely trained actors, directors, and designers struggling to match their political commitment to a creative strategy, to their grappling with the concerns of migration, separation and exile in the early decades of the twenty-first century.

    Béatrice Picon-Vallin recounts how, in the 55 years since its founding, the Théâtre du Soleil has established itself as one of the foremost names in modern theatre. Ariane Mnouchkine and her collaborators have developed a unique and ever-evolving style that combines a piercing richness of shape, color, and texture with precision choreography, innovative musical accompaniment, and multi-layered, metaphorical dreamscapes. This rich, storied history is illustrated by a wealth of spectacular rehearsal and production photos from the company's own archive and interviews with dozens of past and present members, including Mnouchkine herself.

    Judith G. Miller’s timely translation of the first comprehensive history and analysis of a remarkable, award-winning company is a compelling read for both students and teachers of Drama and Theatre Studies.

    A Word from the Author; A Word from the Translator; Opening: "For all those who have worked, or are working, with the Theatre du Soleil; Prologue: Origins; Chapter One: Destiny; Chapter Two: Collective Creation (Second Try, First Draft); Chapter Three: The Shakespeare Cycle; Chapter Four: A New Way of Writing: Creating the Great Asian Epics; Chapter Five: The House of Atreus Cycle or the Archeology of Passions; Chapter Six: The Soleil Brings in a Camera; Chapter Seven: Ten Years of Collective Creation: Between Cinema-Theatre, Documentary Theatre, and the Lyrical Epic; Transverse Perspectives: Six Thematic Illustrations; First Epilogue (2014): The Galaxy of the Soleil; Second Epilogue (2019): Returning to Asian Sources, Expanding, and Transmitting; Appendices: Chronology and Awards, Theatre Programs and Posters


    Béatrice Picon-Vallin is the former director of France's research laboratory for the Performing Arts at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and professor of Theatre History at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts (CNSAD) in Paris, France. She is currently Director Emeritus of Research at the CNRS.

    Judith G. Miller is professor of French and Francophone Theatre and collegiate professor at NYU, New York, USA and affiliate professor at NYU, Abu Dhabi.

    Judith G. Miller’s translation of this stunningly illustrated history of the artistic, theoretical and socio-political commitments driving the Théâtre du Soleil’s creations under the direction of Ariane Mnouchkine offers the most
    current and comprehensive portrait of the Soleil to date.

    - Deborah Gaensbauer, Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature