Gwénaël Morin

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After studying architecture, Gwenaël Morin turned to the theatre. As a director and actor, he invented new forms while basing his experiments on the classics. He established a very personal procedure by choosing to extract problematics that were relevant to today’s society from plays that were sometimes very old.

After working as Michel Raskine’s assistant, he started to direct works by Albert Camus, Samuel Beckett, Alfred de Musset and Federico García Lorca. In 1999, he created Pareil, pas pareil, a montage of dialogues between lovers taken from films by Jean-Luc Godard, accompanied by extracts from Gerhard Richter’s writing on painting. In 2009, he launched the Théâtre Permanent, an experiment that he conducted for a year at the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers. One play is performed every evening. Didactic workshops open to all are held every morning, and every two months the repertoire changes. The goal of this approach is to make theatre accessible to all, by making it free of charge and easy to be involved in, while presenting classics of the genre, starting with Lorenzaccio, followed by Antigone, Bérénice, Tartuffe, Woyzeck and Hamlet. By revisiting these plays, Gwenaël Morin wanted to send a message: “As I stand in the mud of ‘anything’s possible’, I would like to affirm the urgency of undertaking the impossible.”


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