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Victor ou Les Enfants au pouvoir

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 Théâtre de la Ville
From 6 to 24 March 2012
  • Tuesday 6 March 2012 - 20h30
  • Wednesday 7 March 2012 - 20h30
  • Thursday 8 March 2012 - 20h30
  • Friday 9 March 2012 - 20h30
  • Saturday 10 March 2012 - 20h30
  • Tuesday 13 March 2012 - 20h30
  • Wednesday 14 March 2012 - 20h30
  • Thursday 15 March 2012 - 20h30
  • Friday 16 March 2012 - 20h30
  • Saturday 17 March 2012 - 20h30
  • Sunday 18 March 2012 - 15h00
  • Tuesday 20 March 2012 - 20h30
  • Wednesday 21 March 2012 - 20h30
  • Thursday 22 March 2012 - 20h30
  • Friday 23 March 2012 - 20h30
  • Saturday 24 March 2012 - 15h00

length: 1H50

Roger Vitrac Author
Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota Director

Victor ou Les Enfants au pouvoir  creation

It is a masterpiece of Surrealism in which Roger Vitrac invented a theatre of the fantastic that heralded Ionesco, the absurd, and all our contemporary drama.

Victor, a child who is far too mature for his age, celebrates his ninth birthday with his family. What can be more normal, save that  he “norm” is something this family directly out of a Feydeau play does not know about: a self-satisfied upper middle-class, with deception everywhere. But here, the burlesque bursts into a violent fit of angry, rebellious laughter. That is why Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota wished to stage the play  which was first produced (it was to be expected) under Antonin Artaud’s direction in 1928. It took place the same year as The Threepenny Opera in Berlin, and a year after Frritz Lang’s Metropolis was released :
Roger Vitrac, the author, joined Dadaïsm, was close to André Breton and the Surrealists, witnessed and followed the great movements of the early 20ieth century.He extracted from them a theatre of the fantastic rooted in reality, where  the subconscious,
and the dream hold an important place. Victor is not only“polymorphously perverse”child, according to Freud. But in his desire for freedom,the wish to live his own life, including his sex life, he proves deeply subversive. He stands for the refusal to conform, the rebellion against the laws established by a society of which, between the lady noisily breaking winds, the stunned general, the tyrannical parents, Roger Vitrac producess, without really dealing with a socio- political background, a terrifying and ludicrous image. he pictures a society which is unsettled by the appetites of the rising generation,a generation  it fears and would rather ignore.
Victor starts a fight to the death, and many people die in this play ,but itsmain theme is  the death of childhood. For whatever happens,one is bound to get old. One cannot live one’s childhood again, it  is a part of the self which vanishes, maybe forever.

Colette Godard


directed by
Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota
assistant director
Christophe Lemaire
scenography & lights
Yves Collet
scenography assistant
Federica Mugnai
Jefferson Lembeye
Corinne Baudelot
make up
Catherine Nicolas
Clémentine Aguettant
literary adviser littéraire
Marie-Amélie Robilliard

Thomas Durand  // VICTOR, nine years old
Élodie Bouchez  // ÉMILIE PAUMELLE, Victor's mother
Serge Maggiani  // CHARLES PAUMELLE, Victor's father
Hugues Quester  // ANTOINE MAGNEAU, Esther's father
Valérie  Dashwood // THÉRÈSE MAGNEAU, Esther's mother
Sarah  Karbasnikoff // LILI, Paumelle's maid
Anne Kaempf // ESTHER, six years old
Laurence Roy /  Madame Ida Mortemart

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Théâtre de la Ville
directeur Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota
16 quai de Gesvres 75180 Paris Cedex 04
2 place du Châtelet 75004 Paris
tél. adm. 01 48 87 54 42

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entrepreneur de spectacles:
Licence 1 : 1-1051016
Licence 2 : 2-1051017
Licence 3 : 3-1051015
mentions légales   credits : Atelier 144