“What does the word paradise mean to us, today?”
"The resting place of the righteous after death, idyllic images of a sandy beach lined with coconut trees, an all-inclusive stay at a fabulous hotel, a country where money can be hidden from the tax authorities, a drug-induced nirvana, a gated community cut off from the outside world and reality, but so reassuring for its elderly residents, etc...
We all occasionally dream of a place, a time, a state in which we would be totally liberated from all inhibitions and obstacles. We yearn for an instant, a period, or an eternity where we can fulfil our dreams and indulge our desires.
The stage will be the place where all these desires and dreams converge, along with the inevitable disappointments. How can the bliss of each individual cohabit with that of others? Isn’t our search for total serenity and absolute happiness doomed to fail? Are we looking in the right place? No matter our individual definitions of paradise, it necessarily raises the spectre of death. Death, which for some means relinquishing all earthly joy for oblivion, and for others, on the contrary, means deliverance and peace for the eternal soul. Different cultures have their own interpretation of this passage. Sad, for some, or a celebration, for others; you can shed tears over a tomb or dance around a coffin.
Welcome conjures a place of waiting, a kind of purgatory where each actor evokes his life, desires, regrets, quest, hopes, and tries to build his own little paradise. A vision of paradise inspired by John Hinde’s promotional photos of the Butlin holiday camps in Britain in the 1960s. Those picture postcards greatly influenced the young Martin Parr.
Welcome offers a funny, burlesque, poetic and sentimental view of our longing for happiness and for that little cloud from which we can look down peacefully upon the world.
But it’s doubtful whether that wispy cloud can bear the weight of our vanities...”
Piece for 6 dancers
FAMILIES – age 10 and up
Director Jean-Michel Guérin, Patrice Thibaud
Music Philippe Leygnac
Choreography Fran Espinosa, Joëlle Iffrig
Stage design Claudine Bertomeu
Costumes Isabelle Beaudouin
Lighting Alain Paradis
With Lydie Alberto, Marianne Bourg, Fran Espinosa, Philippe Leygnac, Olivier Saladin, Patrice Thibaud
Patrice Thibaud is associate artist and executive producer at Théâtre de Nîmes. Théâtre de Nîmes receives subsidies from the City of Nîmes, DRAC Occitanie – Ministry of Culture, Gard County Council and Occitanie Pyrénées Méditerranée Regional Council.
The company : Patrice Thibaud
Born in 1964 in Bordeaux, Patrice Thibaud built his career on personal encounters.
After 10 years working with theatre and music groups, he joined the National Dramatic Arts Centre of Reims in 1995 as an actor.
In 2001, he met Jérôme Deschamps and Macha Makeïeff, the creators of the comedy group, Deschiens. With them, he acted and participated in the comic operas The Abduction from the Seraglio by Mozart, and L’Étoile, by Chabrier.
In 2008, he wrote, directed and performed in COCORICO, a burlesque comedy combining pantomime and music which premiered at Théâtre National de Chaillot, in Paris. Again at Chaillot, he created JUNGLES in 2011, and performed in 2013 in José Montalvo’s Don Quichotte du Trocadéro.
Associate artist at La Comète - Scène Nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne, he directed BOBINE DE SINGES and FAIR-PLAY in 2012.
In 2015, he created FRANITO, premiering at Théâtre de Nîmes, a national centre for contemporary dance and artistic creation. In parallel to his stage career, he works in television and film. From 2004 to 2006, he appeared daily on the channel Canal+, on a show by Stéphane Bern, 20h10 Pétantes,performing mime skits. In 2012, he created Les Jeux de M. Tibo, a short series of mimed sports for the channel TV5MONDE. His cinema work includes, among others, a role in Yves Saint Laurent by Jalil Lespert and Pourquoi j’ai (pas) mangé mon père by Jamel Debbouze.
Since 2015, Patrice Thibaud has been associate artist at Théâtre de Nîmes.
WELCOME is his fifth full-length show.
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