Avignon Festival: Olivier Py and Hakim Bah, telling the story of the theater ... and the world

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From left to right, Olivier PY and Hakim BAH © Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon for Olivier PY - Christophe Péan for Hakim BAH

By: Pascal Paradou

32 mins

Meeting between two men who tell the story of the theater, the world but also its unsaid ... The first is director of the Festival d'Avignon and directs a


, a theatrical series in ten episodes brought up to date. between France and Guinea and stages a play that deals with police violence and racist crimes. 



Olivier Py

has been an actor, director and director of the Avignon festival since 2013 and will give way to Tiago Rodrigues in 2022. He stages

Hamlet as an imperative!

 A variation around the play by William Shakespeare in ten episodes! 

Photo taken from the play "Hamlet à Impératif" by Olivier PY © Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon

Hakim Bah

is an author and director.

He lives between France and Guinea.

His play

Pourvu que la mastication is not long,

a documented fiction on police blunders in our current societies, which is based on a real fact: that of the death of Amadou Diallo, a 23-year-old Guinean who was shot 41 times in the Bronx on February 4, 1999 by four New York police officers who were subsequently acquitted.

When his body was repatriated to Guinea, Hakim Bah was then 12 years old. 

With: Arthur Bartlett Gillette, Juan Ignacio Tula

Extract from the show "Provided that chewing is not long" by Hakim Bah Christophe Raynaud de Lage - Christophe Raynaud de Lage

And at the end of the program, find Lucie Bouteloup's column "Way of speaking": 

On the courtyard side or on the garden side?

do we swing in German or Italian style ?, why do we say shit to actors before a performance?

Today, Lucie Bouteloup offers you a special Avignon "way of speaking"!

And for the occasion, she went to meet the technical teams of the biggest theater festival in the world. 

Let the show begin!


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