Ariane Mnouchkine

This page links to the following chapter in Actor Training edited by Alison Hodge

Ariane Mnouchkine and the Théâtre du Soleil: theatricalising history; the theatre as metaphor; the actor as signifier

Helen E. Richardson

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One of the best sources for anyone wanting more on the Théâtre du Soleil is Le Bac Soleil – an online resource for everything about the Théâtre du Soleil from interviews, to history and rehearsal notes, to photos and video clips.

The Company’s own website.

Audio-visual material:

An excerpt from Tambours Sur La Digue (the Flood Drummers) by Hélène Cixous. Directed by Ariane Mnouchkine for the stage in 1999. The transposition to film was made in 2002 and is available on DVD.

An excerpt from the 1997 stage production Et Soudain des Nuits D’Éveil (and Suddenly, Nights of Awakening). A collective work in collaboration with Hélène Cixous.

Scene from a mask and performance workshop led by Mnouchkine with members of the Company in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2005; the documentary is available on DVD.

An excerpt showing Theatre du Soleil actors preparing for the 2009 production of Les Éphémères.

An excerpt of opening of sequence of the company’s production of Richard II (premiered in 1981).

An excerpt from the production of Les Atrides in performance.


Théâtre du Soleil Workshop in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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