Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Gerald W. Lynch Theater524 West 59th Street (Between 10th and 11th Avenues)
“Superb...a Bourgeois of a finesse, lightness, and depth we haven’t seen in a long time.”
Comédie-ballet by Molière with music by Lully
Director Denis Podalydès*
Conductor Christophe Coin
Artistic collaboration Emmanuel Bourdieu
Stage design Éric Ruf*
Lighting design Stéphanie Daniel
Costumes Christian Lacroix
Choreographer Kaori Ito
Wigs and Make Up Véronique Soulier-Nguyen, Gwendoline Quiniou
Actors Julien Campani, Isabelle Candelier, Manon Combes, Bénédicte Guilbert, Elodie Huber, Manuel Le Lièvre, Francis Leplay, Nicolas Orlando, Laurent Podalydès, Pascal Rénéric, Alexandre Steiger, Thibault Vinçon
Dancers Windy Antognelli, Flavie Hennion, Artemis Stavridis
Singers Romain Champion, Cécile Granger, Marc Labonnette, Francisco Mañalich
Musicians Ensemble la Révérence / Christophe Coin (cello); Maria Tecla Andreotti (flute); Vincent Robin (oboe); Stephan Dudermel, Louis Creach (violins), François Guerrier (harpsichord)
One of the great comedies of Western literature is shown here in a critically acclaimed production by Paris’s Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (A Magic Flute). Award-winning director Denis Podalydès goes back to the origins of this “comédie-ballet,” incorporating Lully’s music as well as dance interludes. With exquisite costumes by Christian Lacroix, this Bourgeois Gentilhomme recalls the bravura of the original version that so delighted Louis XIV at its premiere.
Far from diluting the potency of the work’s scathing social critique, this vibrant production reinvigorates its relevancy. In an “exuberant” performance (Libération), Pascal Rénéric brings tenderness to the titular gentleman, Monsieur Jourdain, a textile manufacturer who aspires to the aristocracy. As this “man of little light, who speaks nonsense on all topics and applauds only at wrong moments” attempts to acquire the tastes and manners of the elite, the farce ramps up, resulting in a “magical Baroque extravaganza” (Libération) filled with “playfulness, invention, and intelligence” (Le Figaro).
*member of the Comédie Française
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