‘It’s natural to think that Pinocchio has always existed; it is impossible to imagine the world without him.’ Italo Calvino put it well: we all know that stubborn, deceitful, but endearing puppet. In Joel Pommerat’s hands, Pinocchio becomes a rebellious boy who throws himself into the world in search of happiness, impatient and driven by his own untamable impulses. In his stage adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s original story, Pommerat avoids any moralising tone or simplistic approach. On the contrary, he underlines the modernity and richness of the original text. Following their successful cooperation on Au monde, the composer Philippe Boesmans will once again give Pommerat’s characters a voice. He will pull out all the stops to present the many layers of the Pinocchio story with all its musical aspects. Perhaps we, too, young and old, look forward to this new work just as impatiently as Pinocchio.
An old man carves a small human doll out of a piece of wood and calls it Pinocchio. A miracle takes place: the doll comes to life. Pinocchio wants an easy life; nonetheless, he follows his father’s advice and goes to school. His life, however, is no bed of roses: among other misfortunes, he meets swindlers who take his money, a callous judge who locks him up in jail without a trial, and murderers who leave him for dead. The spirit is willing, but the wood is weak. Fortunately, despite his lies, a good fairy constantly defends him. Joël Pommerat’s interpretation of the 19th-century tale follows the main outlines of Collodi’s story, while also raising profound questions about truth, the world, and both the dark and good sides of our human nature.
Set and lightingÉRIC SOYER
Le directeur de la troupe, premier escroc, deuxième meurtrier, le directeur de cirqueSTÉPHANE DEGOUT
Le père, troisième meurtrier, le maître d’écoleVINCENT LE TEXIER
Le pantinCHLOÉ BRIOT
Deuxième escroc, le directeur de cabaret, le juge, premier meurtrier, le marchand d'ânesYANN BEURON
La chanteuse de cabaret, le mauvais élèveJULIE BOULIANNE
La féeMARIE-EVE MUNGER
Stage musicFABRIZIO CASSOL (saxophone and coordination de l'improvisation), PHILIPPE THURIOT (accordéon), TCHA LIMBERGER (violon zigane)
ExtrasJILAN AL HASSAN, CHARLÈNE GIRIN, CAMILLE LUCAS, GARANCE RIVOAL, CLAUDINE SARZIER
Publisher of the scoreEDITIONS JOBERT
La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra
ProductionLA MONNAIE / DE MUNT
Co-productionFESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE, OPÉRA DE DIJON, OPÉRA NATIONAL DE BORDEAUX