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17 Oct '22

ITA on screen: Le Tartuffe ou l’Hypocrite

Comédie-Française / Ivo van Hove
ITA on screen: Le Tartuffe ou l’Hypocrite
17 Oct '22
Comédie-Française / Ivo van Hove

After the success of the ITALive livestreams, we are expanding the offer with ITA on screen. Registrations of livestreams on the big screen in one of ITA's halls.

Celebrating Molière in his house with a work that has never performed by the Troupe seems unimaginable, yet with Le Tartuffe ou l’Hypocrite Ivo van Hove has us discover the original version, which was banned after the first performance in 1664.

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Run time 1 hour and 45 minutes, no intermission
Genre theatre
Language French, with English subtitles

ITA on screen

After the success of the ITALive livestreams, we are expanding the offer with ITA on screen. Registrations of livestreams on the big screen in one of ITA's halls. In February, during Brandhaarden festival, Who Killed My Father and The End of Eddy were shown in the Rabozaal. This fall, in addition to Ibsen House by the ITA ensemble / Simon Stonewe will also be showing Mist by Nederlands Dans Theater 1 / Damien Jalet / Kohei Nawa / Rahi Rezvani, Le Tartuffe ou l'Hypocrite by Comédie-Française / Ivo van Hove and La Reprise. Histoire(s) du théâtre (I) by IIPM / NTGent / Milo Rau.

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ITA on screen: Le Tartuffe ou l’Hypocrite


It has been reconstructed by means of ‘theatrical genetics’, carried out by historian Georges Forestier, who explains that this Tartuffe was censored by Louis XIV as he could not be the champion of Catholic orthodoxy and, on the other hand, allow his favourite actor/author to perform this satire of false piety in his Parisian theatre. The play we have known ever since, Le Tartuffe ou l’Imposteur, is a modified version dating from 1669, with a gentler pace and extended to five acts, whereas the first one comprised only three acts. This production marks Ivo van Hove’s reunion with the Troupe, which he worked with for his stagings of Les Damnés and Électre/Oreste, but it is also a reunion with Molière, whose Le Misanthrope and L’Avare he has already staged, but whom he is directing for the first time in France.
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He has chosen this energetic, if not to say frenzied version of the play, which focuses on the crisis Tartuffe sets off when he enters the life of a rich family that is falling apart. It focuses on Tartuffe’s passionate relationship with the rich Orgon’s young second wife, the conflict between father and son and the opposition between Cléante’s progressive and libertine vision of the world and the conservative one espoused by Orgon and his mother. Ivo van Hove does not forget that Tartuffe is a beggar who “is attributed the role of saviour and man of piety by Orgon, who finds in him a confidant and a spiritual master” so much so that, in order to “seal this unique bond, he decides to make Tartuffe his sole heir. The bomb explodes. Like many of Molière’s comedies, Tartuffe is a social drama.” Ivo van Hove

Credits


censored version of 1664 reconstructed by Georges Forestier
with the complicity of Isabelle Grellet
directed by Ivo van Hove
dramaturgy Koen Tachelet
scenography and light Jan Versweyveld
costumes An D'Huys
original music Alexandre Desplat
musical collaboration Solrey
sound Pierre Routin
video Renaud Rubiano
make-up Claire Cohen
assistant direction Laurent Delvert
assistant scenography Jordan Vincent
assistant light François Thouret
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with Claude Mathieu, Denis Podalydès, Loïc Corbery, Christophe Montenez, Dominique Blanc, Julien Frison, Marina Hands

and the actors from The Comédie-Française Academy Vianney Arcel, Robin Azéma, Jérémy Berthoud, Héloïse Cholley, Fanny Jouffroy, Emma Laristan

with the support of la Fondation pour la Comédie-Française

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