Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Les Ephémères

Thanks Elise for getting me tickets to one of the most amazing shows I have seen ever! Elise works for Le Théâtre du Soleil, the world renowned French theater company that performed their 7 hour show, Les Ephémères, as part of the Lincoln Center Festival, in association with the Park Avenue Armory. (Here's a link to their website , if you understand French) Les Ephémères "explores personal stories of pain and compassion in episodes that reflect our common experiences to find meaning in the mundane." The acting was so rich and nuanced and the lighting and music set the stage just right, that by the end of the show, I felt as though I knew the characters and had lived with them through the pain they endure in the story.

The audience sits on either side of the elliptical stage, but the actors literally float before your eyes on circular platforms that rotate and move across the stage as they are pushed by other members of the cast.

Their entire stage and set is a freestanding structure, like a rectangular circus tent, that can be erected in any large space. The main room in the Armory was perfect for it.

Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take pictures during the show, but here are some photos of before, where you can see the actors putting on their makeup and costumes. If you ever have the chance to see any performance by Le Théâtre du Soleil, take it.

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