Ça ira (1) Fin de Louis
A new play written and directed by
© Elizabeth Carecchio
With Ça ira (1) Fin de Louis, presented last season at Nanterre-Amandiers, playwright and director Joël Pommerat reveals the processes of making politics and making theatre. His is a fundamentally democratic theatre, intelligible to all, that plunges the audience into the ideological turmoil of the French revolution, and takes a fresh look at the necessity of political engagement. The play is based on the major historical events of the French revolution, from the financial crisis and convening of the Estates-General by Louis XVI in 1789 to the beginnings of the counter-revolution in 1790-91. Basing their improvisations on archival texts, the creative team has been accompanied by playwright Marion Boudier and historian Guillaume Mazeau. In a radical break from the myth of a hero story, Joël Pommerat highlights the collective and improvised nature of the revolutionary process, and the multiplicity of its participants. Playing numerous roles, the fourteen actors transform the Nanterre-Amandiers stage into an agora, with the spoken word at the centre of the drama. This piece, which presents a story on a human scale, can be seen many times for its inexhaustibly rich artistic and political matter.