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Festival d’Avignon opens (June 7 – 27, 2010)
 The associate artists of the 64th festival in 2010 are the writer Olivier Cadiot and the director Christoph Marthaler. Marthaler premieres his musical theatre piece Papperlapapp (a German word meaning “rubbish”) that examines the history of the Palais des Papes, which used to be the symbol of religious and political power in the region. The production makes use of the Palais des Papes itself for this staging. His Schutz von der Zukunft, which was inspired by a hospital used by the Nazis for experimentation of people with mental illnesses, is also presented in its French premiere. Un mage en été and Un nid pour quoi faire by Cadiot, who has frequently been working with theatre-makers and musicians, are staged by the director Ludovic Lagarde (both are premieres), and readings by the writer himself are also scheduled. Other new creations are:

Jean-Baptiste Sastre, La Tragédie du roi Richard II
Rosas, En Atendant
Guy Cassiers, De man zonder eigenschappen I (The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil)
Francois Orsoni, Baal (by Bertolt Brecht)
Christophe Feutrier, Délire à deux (Frenzy for Two or More by Eugène Ionesco)
Jean Lambert-wild, La Mort d’Adam and Comment ai-je pu tenir là-dedans?
Christophe Huysman, L’Orchestre perdu
Falk Richter / Stanislas Nordey, My Secret Garden
Gisèle Vienne, This is How You Will Disappear
Philippe Quesne / Vivarium Studio, Big Bang
Massimo Furlan, 1973
Pierre Rigal, Micro
Faustin Linyekula, Pour en finir avec Bérénice
Les ballets C de la B, Gardenia and Out of Context: For Pina
Josef Nadj / Akosh Szelevényi, Les Corbeaux

As in years past, the festival’s “La Vingt-cinquième heure” program features performances with unconventional forms and lecture-type shows, while the “Sujets à vif” program features works created through collaborations between writers and directors or choreographers. This year’s “Territoires cinématographiques du Festival d’Avignon” film program has a focus on Jean-Luc Godard, who is said to have influenced the two associate artists. Six of his six films are to be screened, ranging from the latest Film Socialisme to La Chinoise, which premiered at Avignon Festival in 1967. In the series of lectures entitled “Théâtre des idées,” issues that are raised by the performances in this year’s program such as “What is the contemporary?” “Does the exercise of power necessarily lead to the abuse of power?” “The irony of history?” and “How can we be musical?” are discussed by philosophers, anthropologists, psychoanalysts, historians, sociologists and composers.

[Festival outline]
Launched in 1947, Festival d’Avignon is one of the leading festivals in Europe in terms of the scale and number of new works premiering at it. Since 2004 it has adopted an ?associate artist? system under which a different artist is chosen every year to select the next festival’s program. In recent years, the program includes about 40 works performed 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 theatre world, as was the case with the works of Jan Fabre in 2005.
+Festival d’Avignon
Dates: July 7 – 27, 2010
Venue: Palais des Papes, etc.