- Fabrice Melquiot
- Arnaud Meunier
- Performed by
- Rachida Brakni, Philippe Torreton, Maurin Ollès, Vincent Garanger, Frédérico Semedo, Bénédicte Mbemba, Riad Gahmi, Nathalie Matter
For his newest creation, Arnaud Meunier brings Rachida Brakni and Philippe Torreton together on stage. A comic and desperate epic loosely based on Virgil’s Aeneid
Legend has it that Aeneas fled the ruined city of Troy, carrying his blinded and paralysed father Anchises on his back. In J’ai Pris Mon Père Sur Mes Epaules – I carried my father on my shoulders – the character bearing the name Aeneas is no mythological hero. He is a modern man, accompanying his father Roch, who is gravely ill, along the road to exile. Heading for Western Europe, this epic leads them, after a series of travails, into the heart of Portugal.
“This voyage is not a pilgrimage” as the writer Fabrice Melquiot points out. “It is a flight towards an unknown land, an unknown language, an unknown self.” Embracing at once the intimate and the political, this contemporary saga ridicules the absurdity of the current era, with its fears, its introspection and its temptation to retreat into individualism. At a time of much futile debate on the subject of identity, Arnaud Meunier’s work brings a poetic existence into play: the joy to be found in reinventing oneself by going beyond one’s own culture and origins.