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Opening Night

Adapted from John Cassavetes
Directed by Cyril Teste
Starring Isabelle Adjani, Morgan Lloyd Sicard, Frédéric Pierrot

THEATER

US Premiere
Thu, Sep 12 at 7:30pm
Fri, Sep 13 at 7:30pm
Sat, Sep 14 at 7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street, NYC

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“A striking theatrical UFO – successful, but still rich in all possibilities.”
Les Echos

Iconic French actress Isabelle Adjani makes her long-awaited New York theatrical debut with Morgan Lloyd Sicard and Frédéric Pierrot in a riveting cross-media adaption of John Cassavetes’ film Opening Night.

The not-to-be-missed launch of Crossing the Line 2019 is directed by Cyril Teste, recognized as one of France’s most exciting new voices for his signature performance-filmique technique.

In her first major return to the stage, Adjani portrays a famous actress confronting age in a brave performance that mirrors her own life. Teste creates a powerful experiment where he changes stage directions every night to dig deeper into Cassavetes’ brilliant screenplay and the actors are challenged with each performance.

75 min
In French with English supertitles
Tickets start at $45

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Adaptation: John Cassavetes’ screenplay
Stage director: Cyril Teste
Cast: Isabelle Adjani, Morgan Lloyd Sicard, Frédéric Pierrot
with the participation of Zoé Adjani
Translation: Daniel Loayza
Artistic collaborator: Valérie Six
Dramaturgical advisor: Daniel Loayza, Marion Pellissier
Scenography:  Ramy Fischler
Light designer and general stage management: Julien Boizard
Original soundtrack: Nihil Bordures
Video: Nicolas Doremus, Mehdi Toutain-Lopez
Real time video: Nicolas Doremus
Sound engineer: Thibault Lamy
Costumes: Agnès b.
Collaboration costumes: Katia Ferreira
Hair and make-up  [Kelly]: Laurence Azouvy
Olfactory illustrator: Francis Kurkdjian
Floral creation: Fabien Joly
Stage director assistant: Céline Gaudier
Scenography assistant: Nina Chalot
Stage manager [Leo]: Guillaume Allory
Sound manager: Thibault Lamy
Light and olfactive manager: Laurent Bénard
Video manager: Claire Roygnan
Executive producer: Nicolas Roux
Production manager: Julie Salles
International distributor: Julie Le Gall - Bureau Cokot
National press office: Rémi Fort / Myra
Press relation Collectif MxM: Olivier Saksik

Production Le Quai Centre Dramatique National Angers Pays de la Loire

Co-production with Collectif MxM / Les Célestins - Théâtre de Lyon / Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy / Théâtre du Gymnase - Bernardines, Marseille / Théâtre de St-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Scène nationale / Théâtre-Sénart, Scène nationale / Festival Romaeuropa / Théâtre de Namur, La Coop et Shelter Prod with the support of Taxshelter.be, ING and tax-shelter from the Belgian federal government

Co-operation with C.I.C.T. - Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris

With the support of Agnès b., Maison Francis Kurkdjian and salon Messieurs-Dames

Special thanks to Al Ruban, who was Director of Photography of John Cassavetes (including on Opening Night). The piece is based on the original script before shooting, which remained unpublished until now.

Special thanks to Anaïs Cartier, Coline Dervieux, Francine Jacob, Joël Jouanneau, Chloé Regenwetter

The first readings took place in the Villa Cavrois, as part of Monuments en movement, in partnership with Théâtre du Nord. Set building by L’Entrepool, direction Vincent.

Premiered at the Théâtre de Namur, Belgium on February 22, 2019. French premiere at CDN Le Quai, Angers on March 7, 2019. The show then went on tour.

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Opening Night’s presentation is supported by the Fondation D’entreprise Hermès within the framework of the New Settings program. Launched in 2011, New Settings supports new performing arts productions that shift borders between disciplines to create innovative art forms.

All photos © Simon Gosselin

Frédéric Pierrot

Frédéric Pierrot discovered the world of entertainment in the United States when he was in his twenties. He developed an interest in music, poetry as well as literature… Upon his return to France, he decided to study drama while working as a machinist. His career was then marked by various encounters at his arrival in Paris ; his work on the other side of the camera, his curiosity about the work of acting – first with the intention of directing himself – and his participation in Christian de Tillière’s workshop. A demanding and passionate performer, he has been sought, thanks to his subtle acting mixing determination and fragility, by prestigious directors like Bertrand Tavernier, Jean-Luc Godard, Bertrand Blier, Agnès Jaoui, François Ozon, Roschy Zem, Gilles Bourdos, Maïwenn, Antoine de Caunes, as well as Ken Loach, who casted him for Land and Freedom. As far as theatre is concerned, he performed in 2005 in Botho Strauss’ Big and Little, directed by Philippe Calvario, then he played the part of Mikkel Borgen junior in Ordet, by Kaj Munk, for 2 years at the Cloître des Carmes in Avignon, then on tour, and finally at the Théâtre du Rond-Point, directed by Arthur Nauzyciel. In 2017, he was back on stage in Chekhov’s Three Sisters, directed by Simon Stone. The show was created at the Odéon Theatre, and was then performed at the Villeurbanne TNP, in Anvers, Turin and Angers.

Opening Night
THEATER
US Premiere
Thu–Sat, Sep 12–14

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Morgan Lloyd Sicard

Morgan Lloyd Sicard is a Franco-British citizen in his early thirties. He started studying drama in 2009 at the University Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle and graduated from the Montpellier National Drama Academy (ENSAD) in 2014. He has since been seen in various theatre and TV shows. On stage, he has worked under the direction of Georges Lavaudant, Evelyne Didi, André Wilms, Cyril Teste, Guillaume Vincent, Sandrine Hutinet, Olivier Werner, Jacques Allaire, among others. Meanwhile, he has been a regular guest at the Institute of language research and culture, taking part, in English, in international conferences on the work of Shakespeare. He founded in 2014, with other members of his promotion at the drama academy, the collective of performers/creators La Carte Blanche, through which he met Cyril Teste and his Collectif MxM for the creation of the show Nobody.

Opening Night
THEATER
US Premiere
Thu–Sat, Sep 12–14

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

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The CTL 2-pack includes 1 ticket to Opening Night (Thu-Sat, Sep 12-14 at 7:30pm), PLUS 1 discounted ticket to another show at FIAF of your choice: Jérôme Bel's Isadora Duncan (Wed, Sep 25 at 7:30pm), Aurélie Charon's Radio Live (Wed, Oct 2 at 7:30pm) or Olivier Tarpaga's When Birds Refused to Fly (Thu, Oct 10 at 7:30pm)

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Catherine Gallant

Catherine Gallant has been dancing, choreographing, and teaching for more than 30 years, in both traditional and alternative venues. Gallant has received funding for her work from the Harkness Foundation for Dance, LMCC/Creative Engagement, the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Trust, City Parks Foundation, Jody and John Arnhold, and NYFA. She has taught college dance courses at Boston Conservatory, Curry College, and MIT. She has been creating new works as Catherine Gallant/DANCE since 1999. Catherine is also the director and co-founder (with Patricia Adams in 1989) of Dances by Isadora, which performs, teaches, and collaborates with Duncan dancers throughout the world. She began her study of the technique of Isadora Duncan with Julia Levien, a student of Anna and Irma Duncan, in 1982. She is currently on the Duncan Archive Committee and is a regular contributor to duncanarchive.org. Catherine is currently a fulltime dance educator at PS 89 in Lower Manhattan. She and her students were featured in the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, PS DANCE! She was on the writing committee for NYC Blueprint for the Arts in dance and is on the faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL). Ms. Gallant is a graduate of Boston Conservatory and holds an MFA in dance from Temple University.

Isadora Duncan
Jérôme Bel
DANCE
US Premiere
Wed, Sep 25

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Jérôme Bel

Jérôme Bel was born in 1964, lives in Paris. In his early pieces, Jérôme Bel applied structuralist operations to dance in order to single out the primary elements from  theatrical spectacle. His interest subsequently shifted from dance as a stage practice to the issue of the performer as a particular individual. The series of portraits of dancers (Véronique Doisneau, Cédric Andrieux, Pichet Klunchun and myself…) broaches dance through the narrative of those who practice it, emphasizes words in a dance spectacle, and stresses the issue of the singularity of the stage. Through his use of biography, Jérôme Bel politicizes his questions, aware as he is of the crisis involving the subject in contemporary society and the forms its representation takes on stage. In The show must go on, which was awarded a Bessie in 2005 and Disabled Theater, he started dealing with questions about what the theatre can be in a political sense. In offering the stage to non-traditional performers (amateurs, people with physical and mental handicaps, children in Gala), he shows a preference for the community of differences over the formatted group, and a desire to dance over choreography, and duly applies the methods of a process of emancipation through art. In 2016, he created MoMA Dance Company, performed by some of its staff members and he has also been invited to contemporary art biennials and museums, where he has put on performances and shown films.

Isadora Duncan
Jérôme Bel
DANCE
US Premiere
Wed, Sep 25

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Marie-Hélène Estienne

Writer and director Marie-Hélène Estienne first worked with Peter Brook in casting the 1974 production of Timon of Athens at the Bouffes du Nords. She subsequently joined the Centre International de Créations Théâtrales (CICT) for the creation of Ubu aux Bouffes (1977). She was Brook’s assistant on La tragédie de Carmen, Le Mahabharata, and collaborated on the stagings of The Tempest, Impressions de Pelléas, Woza Albert !, and La tragédie d’Hamlet. With Brook, she co-authored L’homme qui and Je suis un phénomène at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord. She wrote the French adaptation of Can Themba’s play Le costume and Sizwe Bansi est mort by Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona. In 2003 she wrote the French and English adaptations of Le Grand Inquisiteur (The Grand Inquisitor) based on Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov. She authored Tierno Bokar (2005) and the English adaptation of Eleven and Twelve by Amadou Hampaté Ba (2009). With Brook, she co-directed Fragments, five short pieces by Beckett, and adapted Mozart and Schikaneder’s Die Zauberflöte for the acclaimed Une flûte enchantée. She a co-creator of The Suit (2012) and The Valley of Astonishment (2013).

Why?
Peter Brook & Marie-Hélène Estienne
THEATER
US Premiere
Sat-Sun, Sep 21-22
Tue-Sun, Sep 24-29
Tue-Sun, Oct 1-6

Theatre for a New Audience

Peter Brook

Throughout his career, Peter Brook (b. 1925, London) has distinguished himself in theater, opera, cinema, and writing. He directed his first play in London in 1943 and has since directed more than 70 productions in London, Paris, and New York. His work with the Royal Shakespeare Company includes Love’s Labour’s Lost (1946), Measure for Measure (1950), Titus Andronicus (1955), King Lear (1962), Marat/Sade (1964), US (1966), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1970), and Antony and Cleopatra (1978). In 1971, he founded with Micheline Rozan the International Centre for Theatre Research in Paris and opened its permanent base in the Bouffes du Nord Theatre in 1974, where he has enjoyed great success, most recently directing The Suit (2012), The Valley of Astonishment (2014) and Battlefield (2015)—many of these in both French and English. He has directed operas at Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera House, the Bouffes du Nord, and the Aix-en-Provence Festival. Brook’s autobiography, Threads of Time, was published in 1998 and joins his other titles including The Empty Space (1968), The Shifting Point (1987), There are no Secrets (1993), Evoking (and Forgetting) Shakespeare (1999), and The Quality of Mercy (2014). His films include Moderato Cantabile (1959), Lord of the Flies (1963), Marat/Sade (1967), Tell me Lies (1967), King Lear (1969), Meetings with Remarkable Men (1976), The Mahabharata (1989), and The Tragedy of Hamlet (2002, TV).

Why?
Peter Brook & Marie-Hélène Estienne
THEATER
US Premiere
Sat-Sun, Sep 21-22
Tue-Sun, Sep 24-29
Tue-Sun, Oct 1-6

Theatre for a New Audience

Fanny de Chaillé

After studying aesthetics at the Sorbonne, Fanny de Chaillé worked with Daniel Larrieu at the Centre choréorgraphique national in Tours, France. There she collaborated with Rachid Ouramdane and worked under the direction of Gwenaël Morin. She also participated in projects by the artists Thomas Hirschhorn and Pierre Huyghe. Since 1995, she has presented both installations and performances, including Karaokurt (1996), La Pierre de causette (1997), Le Robert (2000), Le Voyage d’hiver (2001), and Wake up (2003). Beginning in 2003, she developed works for the theater including Underwear, pour une politique du défilé (2003); Ta ta ta (2005); AMÉRIQUE (2006); Gonzo Conférence, and À nous deux (2007). With Grégoire Monsaingeon, she founded the musical duo “Les velourses” and together they presented Mmeellooddyy Nneellssoonn at the Théâtre de la Cité in Paris. In 2013, she created the project La Clairière for the Nouveau Festival du Centre Pompidou. Her most recent work includes Le Groupe (2014), based on the writings of Hugo von Hoffmannsthal; Chut (2015), an homage to Buster Keaton; and expanding her collaboration Pierre Alferi with Les Grands (2017).

The Disorder of Discourse
THEATER
US Premiere
Tue, Sep 17 & Wed, Sep 18

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Isabelle Yasmine Adjani

Isabelle Yasmine Adjani is one of France’s greatest actresses and enjoys international recognition. Born in Paris to an Algerian father and a German mother, she started performing at an early age. At 17, she was asked to join the Comédie Française—making her the youngest actress ever to attend the prestigious institution. Adjani is the only French actress who has been awarded five Césars (France’s version of the Oscars), winning best actress for her performances in Possession (Andrzej Zulawski, 1981), One Deadly Summer (Jean Becker, 1983), Camille Claudel (Bruno Nuytten, 1988), Queen Margot (Patrice Chéreau, 1994), La journée de la jupe (Jean-Paul Lilienfeld, 2009). She received two Oscar nominations for her performances in The story of Adele H. (François Truffaut, 1975) and Camille Claudel, and has won two best actress awards at the Cannes Film Festival for her remarkable performances in Possession and Quartet (James Ivory, 1981). Her most recent movie, The world is yours (Romain Gavras, 2018), was shown as part of the Directors’ Fortnight 2018 in Cannes. Adjani is a brand ambassador for L’Oréal Monde.

Opening Night
THEATER
US Premiere
Thu–Sat, Sep 12–14

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Cyril Teste

Cyril Teste first developed an interest in visual arts before turning to theater and attending the Cannes Regional School of Acting, then the Paris National Drama Academy. He co-founded Collectif MxM, a creative and changeable core of artists and technicians, with light designer Julien Boizard and composer Nihil Bordures in 2000, eventually becoming its artistic director. As a director, he has worked with authors focused on the concept of immediacy, whose works break theatrical codes and give way to images, including Patrick Bouvet and Falk Richter, who had a decisive influence on his work. Since 2011, Teste and Collectif MxM have been working on the concept of filmic performance (shooting, editing, calibrating, and mixing in real time, before the very eyes of the audience). Teste has produced three such works: Patio (2011), based on On n’est pas là pour disparaître by Olivia Rosenthal; Park (2012); and Nobody (2015).

Opening Night
THEATER
US Premiere
Thu–Sat, Sep 12–14

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Get the Crossing the Line 2-Pack & Save!

The CTL 2-pack includes 1 ticket to Opening Night (Thu-Sat, Sep 12-14 at 7:30pm), PLUS 1 discounted ticket to another show at FIAF of your choice: Jérôme Bel's Isadora Duncan (Wed, Sep 25 at 7:30pm), Aurélie Charon's Radio Live (Wed, Oct 2 at 7:30pm) or Olivier Tarpaga's When Birds Refused to Fly (Thu, Oct 10 at 7:30pm)

Steps to purchase:

  • Click on the Buy Ticket button on the Opening Night event page. This will take you to the Ticketmaster ticket page.
  • Click on the displayed ticket price. Additional ticket options will display.
  • Select the 2-pack ticket option and place your order.
  • Email boxoffice@fiaf.org with your Ticketmaster order confirmation number, and the name and date of your preferred second show.

Cyril Teste

Cyril Teste first developed an interest in visual arts before turning to theater and attending the Cannes Regional School of Acting, then the Paris National Drama Academy. He co-founded Collectif MxM, a creative and changeable core of artists and technicians, with light designer Julien Boizard and composer Nihil Bordures in 2000, eventually becoming its artistic director. As a director, he has worked with authors focused on the concept of immediacy, whose works break theatrical codes and give way to images, including Patrick Bouvet and Falk Richter, who had a decisive influence on his work. Since 2011, Teste and Collectif MxM have been working on the concept of filmic performance (shooting, editing, calibrating, and mixing in real time, before the very eyes of the audience). Teste has produced three such works: Patio (2011), based on On n’est pas là pour disparaître by Olivia Rosenthal; Park (2012); and Nobody (2015).

Opening Night
THEATER
US Premiere
Thu–Sat, Sep 12–14

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Morgan Lloyd Sicard

Morgan Lloyd Sicard is a Franco-British citizen in his early thirties. He started studying drama in 2009 at the University Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle and graduated from the Montpellier National Drama Academy (ENSAD) in 2014. He has since been seen in various theatre and TV shows. On stage, he has worked under the direction of Georges Lavaudant, Evelyne Didi, André Wilms, Cyril Teste, Guillaume Vincent, Sandrine Hutinet, Olivier Werner, Jacques Allaire, among others. Meanwhile, he has been a regular guest at the Institute of language research and culture, taking part, in English, in international conferences on the work of Shakespeare. He founded in 2014, with other members of his promotion at the drama academy, the collective of performers/creators La Carte Blanche, through which he met Cyril Teste and his Collectif MxM for the creation of the show Nobody.

Opening Night
THEATER
US Premiere
Thu–Sat, Sep 12–14

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Isabelle Yasmine Adjani

Isabelle Yasmine Adjani is one of France’s greatest actresses and enjoys international recognition. Born in Paris to an Algerian father and a German mother, she started performing at an early age. At 17, she was asked to join the Comédie Française—making her the youngest actress ever to attend the prestigious institution. Adjani is the only French actress who has been awarded five Césars (France’s version of the Oscars), winning best actress for her performances in Possession (Andrzej Zulawski, 1981), One Deadly Summer (Jean Becker, 1983), Camille Claudel (Bruno Nuytten, 1988), Queen Margot (Patrice Chéreau, 1994), La journée de la jupe (Jean-Paul Lilienfeld, 2009). She received two Oscar nominations for her performances in The story of Adele H. (François Truffaut, 1975) and Camille Claudel, and has won two best actress awards at the Cannes Film Festival for her remarkable performances in Possession and Quartet (James Ivory, 1981). Her most recent movie, The world is yours (Romain Gavras, 2018), was shown as part of the Directors’ Fortnight 2018 in Cannes. Adjani is a brand ambassador for L’Oréal Monde.

Opening Night
THEATER
US Premiere
Thu–Sat, Sep 12–14

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Frédéric Pierrot

Frédéric Pierrot discovered the world of entertainment in the United States when he was in his twenties. He developed an interest in music, poetry as well as literature… Upon his return to France, he decided to study drama while working as a machinist. His career was then marked by various encounters at his arrival in Paris ; his work on the other side of the camera, his curiosity about the work of acting – first with the intention of directing himself – and his participation in Christian de Tillière’s workshop. A demanding and passionate performer, he has been sought, thanks to his subtle acting mixing determination and fragility, by prestigious directors like Bertrand Tavernier, Jean-Luc Godard, Bertrand Blier, Agnès Jaoui, François Ozon, Roschy Zem, Gilles Bourdos, Maïwenn, Antoine de Caunes, as well as Ken Loach, who casted him for Land and Freedom. As far as theatre is concerned, he performed in 2005 in Botho Strauss’ Big and Little, directed by Philippe Calvario, then he played the part of Mikkel Borgen junior in Ordet, by Kaj Munk, for 2 years at the Cloître des Carmes in Avignon, then on tour, and finally at the Théâtre du Rond-Point, directed by Arthur Nauzyciel. In 2017, he was back on stage in Chekhov’s Three Sisters, directed by Simon Stone. The show was created at the Odéon Theatre, and was then performed at the Villeurbanne TNP, in Anvers, Turin and Angers.

Opening Night
THEATER
US Premiere
Thu–Sat, Sep 12–14

FIAF Florence Gould Hall