Les Naufragés du Fol Espoir [Aurores]
Director: Ariane Mnouchkine
Writer: Théâtre du Soleil, Hélène Cixous
Based on: Jules Verne‘s The Survivors of the “Jonathan”
Cast: Théâtre du Soleil (Maixence Bauduin, Duccio Bellugi-Vannuccini, Sébastien Bonneau, Aline Borsari, Sébastien Brottet-Michel, Juliana Carneiro da Cunha, Olivia Corsini, Eve Doe-Bruce, Ana Amelia Dosse, Maurice Durozier, Paula Giusti, Astrid Grant, Sylvain Jailloux, Dominique Jambert, Judit Jancso, Seear Kohi, Marjolaine Larranaga y Ausin, Jean-Jacques Lemêtre, Vincent Mangado, Jean-Sébastien Merle, Alice Milléquant, Ariane Mnouchkine, Serge Nicolaï, Seietsu Onochi, Vijayan Panikkaveettil, Pauline Poignand, Samir Abdul Jabbar Saed, Armand Saribekyan, Andreas Simma, Frédérique Voruz, Shaghayegh Beheshti)
Part of: Wiener Festwochen
In 1914, a group of silent filmmakers are trying to put together a movie, shooting in the attic of café owner Félix Courage. Constantly struggling to have enough actors and to cobble the scenes together before time or money runs out, things are made even more difficult by the impending outbreak of World War One.
This play could have been fantastic, but it was too long and repetitive and it just got so incredibly boring that I really, really had to leave after two hours (meaning halfway through).
When I got to the theatre, I was immediately captured by the set-up. A mini hot-air balloon and lampions in the foyer with a distinct feel of the era this was set in to it. Then you had to walk past the dressing rooms of the actors to get to your seats and those dressing rooms were only separated from the audience with white see-through curtains. Those things immediately transported you to the time and the meta level this play is in and I loved it.
But then the actual play started and bit by bit the magic was lost. And I don’t even know why – because the set design was still wonderful and the way they shot the silent film was pretty entertaining.
But it all took too long and then they started to repeat the jokes over and over and over again and the seats were extremely uncomfortable and the whole fucking thing would have lasted four hours. So I just decided to go home during the break and call it a day.
There were good moments in the play and I would love to read some more stuff by Hélène Cixous. But this play didn’t work for me.
Summarising: The other people seemed to enjoy it.