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Mozart: Don Juan

Summary

Theatre
  • From Tuesday June 27th to Saturdau July 1st 2023
  • Royal Opera
  • 2h15 without intermission
Accueil Mozart: Don Juan 2023

Distribution

With the troupe of the Comédie-Française

Alexandre Pavloff Gusman, Mathurine, Don Carlos, La Violette, Don Louis, Ragotin and the Statue of the Commander

Stéphane Varupenne Sganarelle

Jennifer DeckerElvire, Charlotte, the Statue of the Commander and a specter

Laurent Lafitte Dom Juan

Adrien Simion Gusman, Pierrot, La Ramée, un pauvre, Don Alonse, M. Dimanche, La Violette et la Statue du commandeur

Emmanuel Daumas Stage director

Radha ValliSet and Costume Design

Bruno Marsol Lighting

Dominique Bataille Sound

Cécile Kretschmar Makeup and wigs

Vincent Deslandres Artistic collaboration

 

Presentation

Written by Molière to counter the ban on Tartuffe, this mythical play opens with Dom Juan fleeing Elvira, whom he has distracted from her vows of devotion to God. He constantly terrifies his faithful valet, Sganarelle, by dint of his seductions and desertions, driving a beggar to blasphemy, making a mockery of his father’s principles, and even daring to make a sacrilegious invitation to the statue of the Commander he once killed. A true cloak-and-dagger play magnified by Molière’s writing; Dom Juan was an extraordinary success at its premiere in 1665 as a “machine play”: here it is performed by the troupe of the Comédie-Française.

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Emmanuel Daumas returns to the essence of the play with this Dom Juan for five performers, set and costumes uncluttered. He returns to the theater of tréteaux, embracing the grandeur of the myth of this libertine atheist who, at the center of a world of lies and illusions, bets on life. “Molière paints a baroque reverie, a Spanish comedy, where a man in the eye of the storm of an unreal world, not always so far from our own, invents his life so that it has no limits. So harping on dogma won’t be enough to stop him. We’ll have to bring out the heavy artillery, the witchcraft and the marvellous… The machinery of theater. The illusion of Hell.”

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Programme

Comedy in five acts first performed at the Palais-Royal in Paris in 1665.

 

Performed in French without surtitles

The Royal Opera of the Château de Versailles

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