Emilie Incerti Formentini dans Rendez-vous Gare de l'Est

Our heart beats for this Rendez-vous Gare de l'Est

A girl, a chair, and let the show begin. Rendez-vous gare de l’Est is a monologue written and staged by French playwright Guillaume Vincent. Outstanding actress Emilie Incerti Formentini has been playing this bipolar lady since 2012, when the show premiered at Comédie de Reims.

It’s all in the acting. This life hoping from one internment at Saint-Anne, (Paris’ renowned psychiatric hospital) to the next, the handfuls of lithium, the husband, the (literally) crazy love, the eleven square metres flat with its bathroom in the corridor.

Emily has both a sharp sens of humour and a tenacious morale. The problem with crazy people is they have those moments of rare intelligence, of supreme lucidity which makes them fascinating.

We just love this girl for walking us through a short hour of intelligence, delicacy and joy.

Rendez-vous gare de l’Est, au Théâtre du Rond-Point

Du 31 Mai au 26 Juin

Illustration © Araso

Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker Illustration

Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker: "La Nuit Transfigurée", a lesson of romanticism

What is romanticism? Is it all in the past? For Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker it starts with a naked set and the raw light of the moon. Then two men and a woman. Jules and Jim transfigured by Schönberg’s 1899 music sheet. She whispers to his hear that he’s not the child’s father.

Her vintage flowery pink dress is too small for her though it’s an extra large size. Her beauty, her knife-cut fringe, her palish skin and naked face are simply fascinating. And when her partner starts to move we’re just crazy in love.

It is magnificent, forty-five minutes of ecstatic danse flying too fast through the public’s emotion-dyed eyes. The posture of the man standing, with the girl’s thighs pressed around his face is one of the most unforgettable images ever. This is not a show. This is an Austrian lake lost somewhere in the dark.

Romanticism is this wild animal that will get you drunk if you can tame it.

Illustration © Araso

Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker – La Nuit Transfigurée au Théâtre de la Ville – Paris – Du 7 au 15 Juin 2016