Offenbach and Hervé

Operetta Théâtre Marigny
Sat 19 January 2019
15.00
Théâtre Marigny, Paris
Sat 19 January 2019
20.30
Théâtre Marigny, Paris
Sun 20 January 2019
11.00
Théâtre Marigny, Paris
Sun 20 January 2019
17.00
Théâtre Marigny, Paris
It might be hard to believe that one-act operas and operettas represent almost two-thirds of the repertory of French musical theatre in the Romantic period, so rarely are they performed nowadays. These pieces, intended for the use of small theatres with often limited financial resources, were subject to the proscriptions of a law of 1807: no more than two or three characters on stage, no chorus, no ballet . . . But Hervé and Offenbach – past masters in the art of getting round prohibitive regulations – managed to make the most of these limitations by getting the audience to imagine what they could not show. Two tenors on stage, accompanied by no more than a piano, play by turns the roles of Fignolet – the ‘Crazy Composer’ in person – and his servant Séraphin, then the beggars Patachon, ‘Blind from birth’, and Giraffier, ‘Blinded by accident’, who quarrel over the best position on a bridge . . . This incredibly amusing and inventive repertory never fails to involve its spectators, so that auditorium and stage combine to celebrate in unison the ‘esprit de Paris’, halfway between bawdy comedy and surrealistic situations. Performance in French
Giraffier / Séraphin Flannan Obé Patachon / Fignolet Raphaël Brémard Christophe Manien piano Lola Kirchner directions, scenes and costumes Cyril Monteil light design
Production Bru Zane France Joint realisation Théâtre Marigny In collaboration with La Ferme du Buisson (Marne-la-Vallée) / La Clef des Chants / Aida 38 - Agence Iséroise de Diffusion Artistique / Grange Dîmière - Théâtre de Fresnes With the support of Arcadi Île-de-France Based on the idea of the Palazzetto Bru Zane Drawing © BnF