Picture : Game of Love and Chance, staged by Philippe Calvario © Christophie Vootz A play by Marivaux, directed by Philippe Calvario.
Picture : Game of Love and Chance, staged by Philippe Calvario © Christophie Vootz
A play by Marivaux, directed by Philippe Calvario.
The Game of Love and Chance, performed for the first time in 1730, opens on a double dissimulation: wanting to test the one she must marry, Silvia exchanges her place with her servant ... without suspecting that Dorante had the same idea. From this disguise, the misunderstandings and double meanings come one after another, making this work - most often depicted as Marivaux's plays - a summit of French comic art. In this typical theatrical process of reversal of roles, it is also the revelation of the hearts that is played: unable to stifle feelings that they believe prohibited, the characters fight as Silvia says, in "a struggle between love and reason". From burlesque situations to flashes of gravity, Marivaux depicts the tension between law and desire and, while respecting the codes of « bienséance », and decorum of the time, turns around the established order, makes waves in prejudices and reverse the master-servant relationships.
The play is sublimated by the work of Philippe Calvario, who had already tackled the text in 2010. His creative staging mixes Marivaux's boldness and Serge Gainsbourg's melodies. Calvario underlines how this play is still contemporary, witnessing "the absolute quest towards a truth in feelings".