Prima nazionale

RomaEuropa Festival 2018

Caroline Guiela Nguyen • les Hommes Approximatifs

Saigon

Sat 29 Sep | 20:00 | Petrassi hall
Sun 30 Sep | 17:00 | Petrassi hall
Marie-Antoinette is a Vietnamese woman who reached France in 1954. Written on the sign of her restaurant is ‘SAIGON’. This is the name of some 979 restaurants in the country but also that of her homeland. Here we come to speak Vietnamese or to sing songs that mourn long lost and forgotten loves in their homeland. In the restaurant are artificial flowers and neon lights, the altar dedicated to ancestors and a depiction of the Virgin Mary hanging on a wall.
This is where Caroline Guiela Nguyen, the acclaimed young director of the French scene takes us together with her company, les Hommes Approximatifs. 11 actors on stage (French, French of Vietnamese origin, and Vietnamese) embody the invented voices of men and women marked by history and geography. Each meeting is helpful in sharing landscapes, faces, songs and languages that no longer exist anywhere but in their memory and the place they have built to keep it alive.
This is how Saigon investigates the post-colonial identity with poetry and delicacy when its roots become a distant memory incarnated in an ethnic restaurant, suspended between today’s France and 1950s Saigon, forever detached from reality.

direction
Caroline Guiela Nguyen Artistic
collaboration
Claire Calvi Set Alice Duchange
costumes 
Benjamin Moreau
lights 
Jérémie Papin
sound 
Antoine Richard
musical composition 
Teddy Gauliat-Pitois, Antoine Richard
dramaturgy
Jérémie Scheidler, Manon Worms
translations 
Duc Duy Nguyen, Thi Thanh Thu Tô
script advisor
Nicolas Fleureau
with
Caroline Arrouas, Dan Artus, Adeline Guillot, Thi Truc Ly Huynh, Hoàng Son Lê, Phú Hau Nguyen, My Chau Nguyen Thi, Pierric Plathier, Thi Thanh Thu Tô, Anh Tran Nghia, Hiep Tran Nghia
Sat 29 Sep | 20:00 | Petrassi hall
Sun 30 Sep | 17:00 | Petrassi hall
tickets starting from € 19.00 to 30.00
USEFUL INFO

Duration 3 h 20′ with one intermission (20′)