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a midsummer night's dream

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Our staging of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" offers a theatrical vision inspired by the traditional stage, simultaneously popular, musical, accessible, and funny, while addressing current societal themes.

At the heart of the play is Love, represented by the character of Puck. Love also manifests itself through Bottom, the passionate young lovers, and the patriarchal impositions. The struggle between Oberon and Titania symbolizes the conflict between the masculine and feminine, between love that protects life and the desire for power.

Shakespeare explores the different forms of Greek love: Eros, Ludus, Agape, Mania, Philia, and Storge, and portrays humanity confronted with these powerful forces. The play is a battle that takes place within the realm of a dream, where the young lovers follow their instincts, sometimes aided by nature and Puck's magic. The artisans play an important role in this struggle, especially Bottom, who is transformed into a donkey.

The tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbe is another allegory of passionate love, which is not ridiculed but presented as a genuine tragedy. The play also explores the duality between love and death.

The staging, writing, and adaptation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is a story of transmission across three generations: from master Mario Gonzalez to his student Rafael Bianciotto, who has now become the mentor of the young Lucas Rastoll. Under their guidance, Shakespeare's work is refreshed with an adaptation that blends tradition and modernity.

The actors use masks, puppets, and clown noses within a contemporary set. The magical forest resonates with the enchanting music of Jean-Luc Priano. The show offers an explosive performance that is tenderly tragic and terribly comical, taking the audience on a suspended journey.

Athenians, fairies, and elves meet in a magical forest, accompanied by the enchanting, slightly rock 'n' roll music of Jean-Luc Priano. The audience can rest assured that the fantastical universe of the show pays homage to the work of William Shakespeare with an explosive performance that is both tenderly tragic and terribly comical. They embark on a suspended journey from which they do not emerge unscathed."

1h30 - Show for all audiences, suitable for ages 10 and up

A co-production of Compagnie Reine Mer and Zéfiro Théâtre

Supported by Communauté d'agglomération Rochefort Océan, la Ville de Rochefort, la Mairie de Rueil-Malmaison, Rueil Culture Loisir, la Spedidam et le FONPEPS

directed by

Rafael Bianciotto et Mario Gonzalez

adaptation and translation

Lucas Rastoll-Mamalia et Rafael Bianciotto

assistant of the director

Romane Migliorelli

with

Elvira Barboza

Alice Bié

Benjamin Farfallini

Louise Ferry

Juliette Marcelat

Lucas Rastoll-Mamalia

Jean-Luc Priano

music composition and set design

Jean-Luc Priano

costumes

Laetitia Pasquet

masks design

Etienne Champion et Alaric Chagnard

puppets design

Ombline de Benque

RESIDENCIES

• September to December 2021: Research in Rueil-Malmaison, France

• March 2021: Research Residency at La Boîte, Rochefort-sur-Mer, France

• October 2021: Writing, Translation, and Adaptation Residency in Paris, France

• November 2021: First Reading in Rueil-Malmaison, France

• February 2022: Residency at Théâtre André Malraux, Rueil-Malmaison, France

• March 2022: Creation Residency at l'Athénée, Rueil-Malmaison, France

• March 2023: Rehearsal Residency at l'Athénée, Rueil-Malmaison, France

PERFORMANCES

• march 25, 2022, l'Athénée, Rueil-Malmaison, France

• march 9, 10 and 11, 2023, l'Athénée, Rueil-Malmaison, France

CONTACT

Distribution / Production

Rafael Bianciotto

zefiroreine@free.fr 

+33 676 282 834

Distribution assistant

Lucas Rastoll-Mamalia

zefiroreine@free.fr 

+33 767 436 535 

 

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