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Avignon Festival 2007 lineup (July 6-27, 2007)
 Now in its 61st holding, the Avignon Festival 2007 opens on July 6. Over the three weeks of the festival until the 27th, the programs will be held at the Palais des Papes and approximately 20 other venues around the city.
Since 2004 the festival has operated under an associated artist system in which a different artist serves as artistic director for each year’s festival. The associate artist for the 2007 festival is Frédéric Fisbach, a French director born in 1966. In 1999, Fisbach was the recipient of the Villa Medicis Prize Japan awarded by the French Foreign Ministry (AFAA) and the Ministry of Culture) to do research in Japan, and he has since continued exchange with Japanese artists, using Japanese actors for a production of Jean-Luc Lagarce’s Nous, les Héros (Us, The Heros) and has been involved in numerous productions in Japan and France, such as directing a production of Oriza Hirata’s Tokyo Notes.
For this year’s festival he has created a production of Jean Genet’s Les Paravents (The Screens) in collaboration with the Youkiza company that specializes in Edo (17th to 19th century Tokyo) style string-operated marionette. He also presents a new production based on the work Feuillets d'Hypnos (Leaves of Hypnos) by the French poet René Char, the centennial of whose birth is celebrated this year. One of the highlights of the festival will be seeing how the audience becomes involved in Fisbach’s experimental theater production, his way of exploring a type of theater in movement, which takes fragments of Char’s metaphysical poetry and sets them in ordinary spaces in a way that transcends the framework of a theater performance.
Other works on the program include a performance and exhibition by the French playwright and poet Valère Novarina, who proposes a concept of “theatre for the ears,” from Germany VolksbuNhne and Sasha Waltz, from Italy Soci`etas Raffaello Sanzio, the dance theater work Nine Fingers by Alain Platel, Fumiyo Ikeda and the actor Benjamin Verdonck and other productions spanning a variety of genre.
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