Le Passé

  • Theater
Leonid Andreev
Julien Gosselin / Compagnie Si vous pouviez lécher mon cœur
André Markowicz
Performed by
Guillaume Bachelé, Joseph Drouet, Denis Eyriey, Carine Goron, Victoria Quesnel, Achille Reggianni, Maxence Vandevelde

Adaptation – Julien Gosselin / Compagnie Si vous pouviez lécher mon cœur

His adaptation of Elementary Particles was one of the highlights of our 2014-15 season. Today, Julien Gosselin moves away from contemporary writing to bring together on stage texts by Leonid Andreev (1871-1919). A poignant farewell to a humanity and theatre of another era.

For the first time in his dazzling career, Julien Gosselin leaves the familiar spaces of the contemporary to meet characters who do not speak like us, who do not dress like us, who live in a society that is not the one in which we live. These beings from another time emerge from the works of the Russian author Leonid Andreev. They populate plays and news gathered in a show entitled Le Passé.

From 19th-century Russia to the early 1960s in the Godard and Truffaut style, this show with both nostalgic and humorous accents tells the story of the strength of a woman’s struggle, the abyss of a love confronted with savagery, the vertigo of a theatre director deprived of his audience… Video recordings, live music, images of the present. But also painted canvases, candles, orchestra pit, costumes and ancient decors. Between modernity and theatrical academism, Le Passé reveals visionary works that touch the climax of suffering and the beauty of the world.
  • Célestins - TNP coproduction
Running time
4 : 20
Main auditorium

    from 7 to 40 €

    • Not recommended for children under 15 years old

    Translation – André Markowicz / Drama – Eddy d’Aranjo / Set designer – Lisetta Buccellato / Light designer – Nicolas Joubert / Video – Jérémie Bernaert, Pierre Martin / Sound designer – Julien Feryn / Music– Guillaume Bachelé, Maxence Vandevelde / Costume designer – Caroline Tavernier / Props – Guillaume Lepert / Technical direction – Léo Thévenon / Assistant director – Antoine Hespel

    Production: Si vous pouviez lécher mon cœur
    Coproduction: Odéon – Théâtre de l’Europe, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Le Phénix – Scène nationale de Valenciennes – Pôle européen de création, Théâtre national de Strasbourg, Théâtre du Nord – Centre dramatique national de Lille Tourcoing Hauts-de-France, Célestins – Théâtre de Lyon, Théâtre National Populaire, Maison de la Culture d’Amiens, L’Empreinte – Scène nationale Brive Tulle, Château Rouge – Scène conventionnée d’Annemasse, La Comédie de Genève, La Passerelle – Scène nationale de Saint-Brieuc, Scène nationale d’Albi, Romaeuropa

    With the support of Montévidéo, centre d’art

    “Julien Gosselin nous a offert le spectacle le plus bouleversant de la rentrée.” Les Inrockuptibles

    “Un spectacle hors du commun – excessif, bouleversant, inoubliable…” Les Échos

    Le Passé emporte le spectateur dans un typhon dévastateur d’émotions dont il ne sort pas indemne.” Le Point

    “Gosselin signe un spectacle éblouissant de maîtrise, de dialectique et de risque.” I/O Gazette