The collapse of the Greek economy prompted Py to include among the five works that he directs on the program the play
Py writes and directs, about a son searching for his father, and three other works.
Other productions on the program include Fatal Blow
, in a production by Belgium’s Alain Platel based on the concept of musicians from the Congo playing Baroque music; Archive
choreographed by Israeli Arkaidi Zaides and using scenes of violence filmed Palestinians in the Occupied Territories; the duo dance piece Sujets À Vif / Strawberry Cream Puff
by the overseas-based Japanese dancer Kaori Ito and the actor and singer Olivier Martin-Salvan. There is also much interest centered on a contemporary version of Shakespeare’s Othello
titled Othello, Variation for Three Actors
and an adaptation of German film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s film The Marriage of Maria Braun
staged with the same title by German director Thomas Ostermeier
Launched in 1947 in the small city of Avignon in southern France, the Avignon Festival (Festival d’Avignon) is one of the leading festivals in Europe in terms of the scale and number of new works premiering at it. The festival was founded by actor and director Jean Vilar. From 2004, it was headed by two directors, Hortense Archambault and Vincent Baudriller
. The festival adopts an “associate artist” system under which a different artist is chosen every year to participate in the selection of the next festival's program. From 2014, Olivier Py has been appointed director.
In recent years, the program includes about 35 to 40 works for which some 300 performances are given at some 20 venues around the city, with the central court of the Palais des Papes and the Carrière de Boulbon quarry as two of the main venues. Visitors during the festival total about 100,000 each year, a number roughly equal to the city's population. The European press regularly publishes feature articles about the Avignon Festival with daily critiques of the performances that at times spark large-scale debates in the theater world, as was the case with the works of Jan Fabre in 2005.