Philippe Boesmans — Pinocchio
© Patrick Berger, artcompress
© Patrick Berger, artcompress
© Patrick Berger, artcompress
© Patrick Berger, artcompress


Since writer Carlo Collodi unleashed him from his imagination and Geppetto fashioned him from a piece of wood, the puppet Pinocchio has been constantly transformed, adapted and revisited. Now playright and director Joël Pommerat has made an opera character of him, in an ideal collaboration with composer Philippe Boesmans, whose richly coloured musical universe, seems tailor-made for the small wooden figure. He presents the character as a rude and insolent person, eschewing all sentimentality to reconnect with the harsh world that Collodi portrays in his book. Reflecting his conception of theatre as a company endeavour, Joël Pommerat entrusts all the roles in this lyrical tale to six singers in disparate costumes – cabaret fairy, circus director, bad guy – all brought to life by a director who also narrates this story that speaks to everyone, both young and old alike. (Festival Aix-en-Provence)

Premiere: July 3, 2017, Grand Théâtre de Provence
Festival d'Aix-en-Provence


Philippe Boesmans — Pinocchio UA
libretto, director: Joël Pommerat

Klangforum Wien
Fabrizio Cassol, saxophon
Tcha Limberger, violin
Philippe Turiot, accordeon
conductor: Emilio Pomàrico

3 July 2017
8 p.m.
Aix-en-Provence, Grand Théâtre de Provence Festival d’Aix-en-Provence Pinocchio UA

Philippe Boesmans — Pinocchio UA

libretto, director: Joël Pommerat

Pinocchio: Chloé Briot

Mauvais élève entraineur, ami de Pinocchio: Julie Bouliane
Directeur de petit cirque: Stéphane Degout

Le Père: Vincent Le Texier

Klangforum Wien

Fabrizio Cassol, saxophon
Tcha Limberger, violin
Philippe Turiot, accordeon

conductor: Emilio Pomàrico

7 July 2017
8 p.m.
Aix-en-Provence, Grand Théâtre de Provence Festival d’Aix-en-Provence Pinocchio

Philippe Boesmans — Pinocchio

libretto, director: Joël Pommerat

Pinocchio: Chloé Briot

Mauvais élève entraineur, ami de Pinocchio: Julie Bouliane
Directeur de petit cirque: Stéphane Degout

Le Père: Vincent Le Texier

Klangforum Wien

Fabrizio Cassol, saxophon
Tcha Limberger, violin
Philippe Turiot, accordeon

conductor: Emilio Pomàrico

9 July 2017
5 p.m.
Aix-en-Provence, Grand Théâtre de Provence Festival d’Aix-en-Provence Pinocchio

Philippe Boesmans — Pinocchio

libretto, director: Joël Pommerat

Mauvais élève entraineur, ami de Pinocchio: Julie Bouliane
Directeur de petit cirque: Stéphane Degout

Le Père: Vincent Le Texier

Klangforum Wien

Fabrizio Cassol, saxophon
Tcha Limberger, violin
Philippe Turiot, accordeon

conductor: Emilio Pomàrico

11 July 2017
8 p.m.
Aix-en-Provence, Grand Théâtre de Provence Festival d’Aix-en-Provence Pinocchio

Philippe Boesmans — Pinocchio

libretto, director: Joël Pommerat

Pinocchio: Chloé Briot

Mauvais élève entraineur, ami de Pinocchio: Julie Bouliane
Directeur de petit cirque: Stéphane Degout

Le Père: Vincent Le Texier

Klangforum Wien

Fabrizio Cassol, saxophon
Tcha Limberger, violin
Philippe Turiot, accordeon

conductor: Emilio Pomàrico

14 July 2017
8 p.m.
Aix-en-Provence, Grand Théâtre de Provence Festival d’Aix-en-Provence Pinocchio

Philippe Boesmans — Pinocchio

libretto, director: Joël Pommerat

Pinocchio: Chloé Briot

Mauvais élève entraineur, ami de Pinocchio: Julie Bouliane
Directeur de petit cirque: Stéphane Degout

Le Père: Vincent Le Texier

Klangforum Wien

Fabrizio Cassol, saxophon
Tcha Limberger, violin
Philippe Turiot, accordeon

conductor: Emilio Pomàrico

16 July 2017
5 p.m.
Aix-en-Provence, Grand Théâtre de Provence Festival d’Aix-en-Provence Pinocchio

Philippe Boesmans — Pinocchio

libretto, director: Joël Pommerat

Pinocchio: Chloé Briot

Mauvais élève entraineur, ami de Pinocchio: Julie Bouliane
Directeur de petit cirque: Stéphane Degout

Le Père: Vincent Le Texier

Klangforum Wien

Fabrizio Cassol, saxophon
Tcha Limberger, violin
Philippe Turiot, accordeon

conductor: Emilio Pomàrico

6 October 2017
8 p.m.
Dijon, Opéra de Dijon Opéra de Dijon Pinocchio

Philippe Boesmans — Pinocchio

Joël Pommerat, Libretto and staging
Éric Soyer, set design and lighting
Isabelle Deffin, costumes
Video: Renaud Rubiano

Troupe Director, Crook, Murderer: Stéphane Degout
Father, Murderer, School Master: Vincent Le Texier
Pinocchio: Chloé Briot
Cabaret Director, Judge, Crook, Murderer, Donkey Merchant: Yann Beuron
Bad Student, Cabaret Singer: Julie Boulianne
Fairy: Marie-Ève Munger

Klangforum Wien

Fabrizio Cassol, saxophon
Tcha Limberger, violin
Philippe Turiot, accordeon

conductor: Emilio Pomàrico

8 October 2017
3 p.m.
Dijon, Opéra de Dijon Opéra de Dijon Pinocchio

Philippe Boesmans — Pinocchio

Joël Pommerat, Libretto and staging
Éric Soyer, set design and lighting
Isabelle Deffin, costumes
Video: Renaud Rubiano

Troupe Director, Crook, Murderer: Stéphane Degout
Father, Murderer, School Master: Vincent Le Texier
Pinocchio: Chloé Briot
Cabaret Director, Judge, Crook, Murderer, Donkey Merchant: Yann Beuron
Bad Student, Cabaret Singer: Julie Boulianne
Fairy: Marie-Ève Munger

Klangforum Wien

Fabrizio Cassol, saxophon
Tcha Limberger, violin
Philippe Turiot, accordeon

conductor: Emilio Pomàrico

10 October 2017
8 p.m.
Dijon, Opéra de Dijon Opéra de Dijon Pinocchio

Philippe Boesmans — Pinocchio

Joël Pommerat, Libretto and staging
Éric Soyer, set design and lighting
Isabelle Deffin, costumes
Video: Renaud Rubiano

Troupe Director, Crook, Murderer: Stéphane Degout
Father, Murderer, School Master: Vincent Le Texier
Pinocchio: Chloé Briot
Cabaret Director, Judge, Crook, Murderer, Donkey Merchant: Yann Beuron
Bad Student, Cabaret Singer: Julie Boulianne
Fairy: Marie-Ève Munger

Klangforum Wien

Fabrizio Cassol, saxophon
Tcha Limberger, violin
Philippe Turiot, accordeon

conductor: Emilio Pomàrico

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