Tous des oiseaux
Wajdi Mouawad has returned to the fiery force of his sweeping theatrical epics with a powerful tragedy that is unleashed in the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The fiery force of Wajdi Mouawad’s sweeping theatrical epics is back with a vengeance! The impossible destiny of two lovers, she an Arab, he an Israeli, caught in the vortex of endless war. Incredibly powerful, a tragedy unleashed in the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Secrets reverberate, the truth explodes, intimacy is shattered by world events.
Do our past and our origins define our identity? From New York to Jerusalem by way of Berlin, from love at first sight to a terrorist attack, from screams to bursts of laughter, the writer has created a gripping gaze that is embedded in the inextricable chaos of the Middle East. With its jumble of languages, it features an international, high-calibre cast, performers who have the blood of the characters in their bones. With Tous des oiseaux, Mouawad brings to light the frontiers of the inexpressible, the painful impossibility or reconciling sworn enemies, leaving us inconsolable.
Produced by La Colline – théâtre national
Written and directed by Wajdi Mouawad
Performed by Jalal Altawil + Jérémie Galiana + Nelly Lawson + Victor de Oliveira + Leora Rivlin + Judith Rosmair + Darya Sheizaf + Rafael Tabor + Raphael Weinstock
Direction Assistant Valérie Nègre
Dramaturgy Charlotte Farcet
Artistic Advisor François Ismert
Historic Advisor Natalie Zemon Davis
Original Music Eleni Karaindrou
Set Design Emmanuel Clolus
Lighting Design Éric Champoux
Sound Design Michel Maurer
Costume Design Emmanuelle Thomas
Make-up and Hair Cécile Kretschmar
Translation Uli Menke (into German) + Linda Gaboriau (into English) + Jalal Altawil (into Arabic) + Eli Bijaoui (into Hebrew)
Costume Design Assistant Isabelle Flosi
Text Assistant Audrey Mikondo
Surtitles preparation and operation Uli Menke
Manager Stefan McKenzie Main + Frédéric Gourdin
Stage Manager Christian Ménauge
Sound Manager Sylvère Caton
Video Manager Igor Minosa + Ludovic Rivalan
Lighting Manager Gilles Thomain
Lighting Technician Olivier Mage
Stage Carpenters Yann Leguern + Harry Toi + Franck Bozzolo
Dresser Isabelle Flosi
Props Isabelle Imbert
Set Construction atelier de La Colline – théâtre national
Original Music recorded at Sierra recordings (Athens)
The text of Tous des oiseaux is published by Actes Sud-Papiers / Leméac.
Presented by La Presse+ with the support of The Cole Foundation + Institut Français (Paris) + Service de coopération et d’action culturelle du Consulat général de France à Québec in association with Place des Arts + Carrefour international de théâtre (Québec)
Written by Diane Jean
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Premiered at La Colline – théâtre national, Paris, on November 17, 2017
With the support of
Wajdi Mouawad (Paris)
La Colline - théâtre national
Ever since his début, Wajdi Mouawad has been soberly presenting human and historical truths. In works devoid of didacticism, life prevails despite wars, despite men and women carried off by military conflicts. Human, all too human.
His first plays were presented in Montreal, the city where he developed as an artist, and featured characters and stories inspired by his childhood in Lebanon. His saga play Littoral dealt with the quest for origins and established his reputation as an outstanding playwright and director. His first collaboration with the FTA in 1997 led to Incendies, which was turned into a film by Denis Villeneuve. The FTA then presented his play Rêves, followed by the quadrilogy Le sang des promesses in 2010, which included Littoral, Incendies, Forêts and Ciels, an unforgettable event that deeply moved festivalgoers.
Wajdi Mouawad was artistic director of the Théâtre français at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa from 2007 to 2012, and in 2009 became the associate artist of the 63rd edition of the Avignon Festival. His most recent cycle, Domestique, focuses on the theme of family. It began with Seuls in 2008, Sœurs in 2014 (presented at the Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui in 2015), and will be followed in the years to come with Frères with Robert Lepage, Père and Mère. Since 2016 he has been the director of the La Colline-théâtre national in Paris. After Tous des oiseaux in 2017, which received the Grand Prix bestowed by the Association professionnelle de la critique de théâtre, de musique et de danse, he created Notre innocence at La Colline and in 2018 a solo piece entitled Inflammation du verbe vivre. Fauves and Mort prématurée d’un chanteur dans la force de l’âge, created in collaboration with Arthur H, will be presented in 2019. His plays and novels have been translated and published in some twenty languages.