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Entertainment: In the Vosges, the Théâtre du Peuple de Bussang offers two versions of Hamlet on the same

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scene on the scene of the theater of the people of Bussang, two versions of Hamlet are presented, the original, and following a Another, more contemporary.

  Dans les Vosges, le Théâtre du Peuple de Bussang propose deux versions d'Hamlet sur la même scène © supplied by Franceinfo

a black and white perspective opening onto the Bussang forest (Vosges) which is discovered when the Burusie Breastlie court in the middle of gigantic skulls: at the Théâtre du Peuple, Director Simon Delétang offers a Saturday Hamlet "in its original purity", before presenting its contemporary version, Hamlet-Machine, of the German playwright Heiner Müller.

On stage, the characters dressed in black move elegantly among large white cubes that move according to the scenes; A staging playing with the shadows and the light which returns "to the quintessence of contemporary decor" and pays homage to that of Antoine Vitez in 1983, scenographed by Yanis Kokkos, explains Simon Delétang. The scenography "leaves a lot of room to the actors", adds Anthony Poupard, professional actor who interprets Laërtes, and the decor "gives great freedom to imagine the place, to play with space" for Salomé Janus, amateur actress playing a country girl.

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When suddenly the living arises: a wolf dog furtively crosses the scene before each appearance of the spectrum, ghost of the murdered king and father of Hamlet who asks him to avenge him , played by the amateur actor Jean-Claude Luçon. An original choice of Simon Delétang who wanted "a stealthy animal", recalling the decor of the Vosges forest. He "creates a surprise effect that we can have in front of an appearance".

In front of the spectrum, a hamlet plagued by mourning and the revolt which "shatters an old world" appears. "In five acts, Shakespeare confronts this young man with all questions, all the anxieties and all the possible joys," enthuses his interpreter Loïc Corbery, of the French comedy, who rendomits the role in Hamlet-Machine then for his only On stage, Hamlet, apart.

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"Find the meaning of the contemporary text"

From August 12, after the play by Shakespeare, the troupe of 15 actors mixing professionals and amateurs - one of the specifics of the Théâtre du Peuple - will go back on stage to play its contemporary version, Hamlet -Machine, from the German playwright Heiner Müller (1929-1995), a text of nine pages of "Deconstruction" of Hamlet. Simon Delétang had long wanted to mount this work written in 1977, "founder" for him and that he knows by heart, this "kind of poem where there are no more characters".

He wanted to present the two following in order to "offer spectators to stay in the evening for an experience where they will be accomplices with the actors of a new reading of the work". After the greetings, the decor will be slightly modified and Simon Delétang will present Müller's work in a prologue of about fifteen minutes.

then the actors "in everyday outfit" will all be on stage around the skulls of Shakespeare's play, for a representation of 1:10 am which will be a rehearsal in front of the public in which they will break the theater codes by sometimes speaking At the same time, in microphones, even by changing role according to the desires of the director also present on stage. "Playing both helps find the meaning of the contemporary text, which may be less readable at first reading," said Salomé Janus, for whom playing the two pieces in a row is a way "to accompany people to what 'is the contemporary appropriation of the great myths ".

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Simon Delétang also chose to feminize the supporting roles at Shakespeare, where there are only two female roles originally, to "give their place to amateur actresses": a choice that announces Hamlet-Machine where women take Their revenge and where "Ophélie destroys the framework imposed by men".

On Sundays August 21 and 28 and Saturday September 3, Loïc Corbery will conclude this "poetic journey" by his only on stage created in 2019, Hamlet, apart, a montage of texts on and around the work, "a reverie Around the character that everyone believes to know ".

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Théâtre du Peuple de Bussang

- Hamlet, de Shakespeare (03:30 with Entchors), from July 30 to September 3 at 3:00 p.m. Thursday to Sunday.

- Hamlet -Machine, from Heiner Müller, from August 12 to September 3 at 8:00 p.m. Thursday to Sunday.

- Hamlet, apart, alone on stage by Loïc Corbery, Sundays August 21 and 28 and Saturday September 3 at 12:00 p.m. (Duration: 01:30).

Prices: from 8 to 40 euros.

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