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Associate Artists for the 62nd Avignon Theater Festival are Valérie Dréville and Roméo Castellucci (July 4 – 26, 2008)
 The 62nd Avignon Theater Festival is being held over the three weeks from July 4 to 26, 2008 with the center court of the Palais des Papes as its main venue and approximately 20 other sites and facilities around the city of Avignon.
Since 2004 the festival has run on an Associate Artist system with a different associate artists being in charge of the programming as artistic director each year. For 2008, the associate artist are the French actress Valérie Dréville, who has been a frequent performer at the festival, and director Roméo Castellucci, the leader of Italy’s Societas Raffaello Sanzio, and the festival’s program will center on works of these two artists.
Valérie Dréville is one of France’s representative theater actresses of the postwar era who has performed numerous times at the Avignon festival beginning with her performance in the late Antoine Vitez’s production of The Satin Slipper in 1987. The program will feature Rendez-vous with Antoine Vitez, an homage to Antoine Vitez, whose career included directorships at the Theatre National de Chaillot and Comedie Francaise. The schedule includes a number of events proposed by Vitez’s students, colleagues and friends with readings of previously un-produced works and talks about his philosophy and achievements.
Roméo Castellucci first appear in the Avignon Festival program in 1998, and since 2001 he has done joint works with Avignon and other major festivals around Europe and produced a 3-year series of works based on episodes from the different European cities titled Tragedia Endogonidia. In the process, Castellucci has established his own unique stage form called “Open Performance” that embodies his vision of theater as a “body” that changes over time an expresses it in installation type works of art full of vitality. He has served as Director of the Theater Division of the Venice Biennale in 2005. This time he works with Valérie Dréville to present a work based on the Divine Comédie de DANTE and three other works.
This year’s program also features a production of Hamlet by Berlin’s Schaubuhne Theatre directed by Thomas Ostermeier, a dance and music concert titled 2008 Vallee by Mathilde Monnier and Philippe Katerine and other new works by a variety of up and coming European artists.
+Festival d’Avignon
Venue: The Palais des Papes, etc., of Avignon, France
Dates: July 4 to 26, 2008