Saigon


Caroline Guiela Nguyen . Les Hommes Approximatifs . Valence . France I Ho-Chi Minh-City, Vietnam

Melodrama in cinemascope format

A turquoise, violet and pink shimmering space that takes up the whole stage: the Saigon Restaurant, which unites the stories of two decades and two places: Saigon and Paris, in the 1950 and in the 1990s. Against a soundtrack of Vietnamese pop songs and French chansons, it’s not just time periods that overlap here, but also the paths of eleven people, some of whom are at home in France, some in Vietnam. Some of them aren’t even sure where their home is themselves anymore. In a restaurant in 1956, we meet a French soldier who is only unwillingly leaving the former colony of Indochina and promises his Vietnamese girlfriend heaven on earth so that she’ll follow him to Paris. A French officer’s wife is facing the impossible task of explaining the loss of her son to Marie-Antoinette, a Vietnamese woman. Then in 1996, the Vietnamese in exile are allowed to return home for the first time – but do they really still belong there? Caroline Guiela Nguyen, daughter of a Vietnamese immigrant to France, creates a heart-breaking play about moving personal stories and historical facts and about the feeling of really belonging somewhere else entirely.  

“With its tender, unique charm, the performance immediately created a buzz of excitement.” Le Monde, 10.7.2017

Les Hommes Approximatifs

Script . Direction Caroline Guiela Nguyen With Caroline Arrouas . Dan Artus . Adeline Guillot . Thi Truc Ly Huynh . Hoang Son Lê . Phu Hau Nguyen . My Chau Nguyen Thi . Pierric Plathier . Thi Thanh Thu Tô . Anh Tran Nghia . Hiep Tran Nghia Artistic Collaboration Claire Calvi Scenography Alice Duchange Costumes Benjamin Moreau Light Jérémie Papin  Sound- and Music Design Antoine Richard Composition Teddy Gauliat-Pitois Dramaturgy and Surtitles Jérémie Scheidler . Manon Worms Translation Duc Duy Nguyen . Thi Thanh Thu Tô Assistance Sound Design Orane Duclos  Wigs and Mask Christelle Paillard Technical Manager Jérôme Masson . Serge Ugolini Production Les Hommes Approximatifs On Behalf of La Comédie de Valence . CDN Drôme-Ardèche Co-production Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe .  MC2: Grenoble . Festival d'Avignon . CDN de Normandie – Rouen . Théâtre National de Strasbourg . CDN de Tours – Théâtre Olympia . Comédie de Reims, CDN . Théâtre National de Bretagne – Centre européen théâtral et chorégraphique . Théâtre du Beauvaisis, scène nationale de l'Oise en préfiguration . Théâtre de La Croix Rousse Lyon

With the support of Institut français and Ministère de la Culture et Communication / DGCA
Supported by Veolia


Staatstheater Grosses Haus


07.06. - 08.06. 19:00 Uhr

Admission Advance booking 24/18 Euro . Evening box office 26/20 Euro
Concessions Advance booking 12/9 Euro . Evening box office 13/10 Euro
Introduction 08.06. 18.30 Uhr . Louis-Spohr-Saal
Duration 3h . an interval
Language French and Vietnamese with German and English surtitles

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