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The Game of Love and Chance

The Game of Love and Chance

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".

Philippe Calvario was trained as an actor at the Parisian school cours Florent, following the classes of Valérie Nègre, Philippe Joiris and Isabelle Nanty.

In 1996, he started his own theater company, and has since produced and directed more than thirty shows in theater and opera. At the Nanterre’s Student Festival, he directed Noëlle Renaude’s Ma solange, comment t’écrire mon désastre in 1997, and Et maintenant le silence ? (1998/99). These two creations were staged again at théâtre du Ranelagh and théâtre de la Bastille. Calvario’s work was noticed in that context by Jean-Pierre Vincent, the director of the théâtre Nanterre- Amandiers, who then proposed him to direct Shakespeare’s Cymbeline in 2000. The show was staged during the Festival d’Automne in Paris. He started up a collaboration with Peter Brook’s theater les Bouffes du Nord, with Chekov’s Cherry Orchard in 2000, followed up with Bernard-Marie Koltès, Roberto Zucco (2004) and Big and small by Botho Strauss (2005).

In 2004, he directed his first opera, The Love for three oranges by Prokofiev, for the Lyrical Art Festival of Aix-en- Provence, the national Theater of Luxemburg, and Madrid’s Teatro Real, right before staging the world premiere of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America for the Théâtre du Châtelet (music by Peter Etvös, cast including Barbara Hendricks, Julia Migenes…). He directed in 2008 Belshazzar, an oratorio by Haendel, at the Haale Opera during the Haendel Festival. In 2009, he created Iphigénie en Tauride (Iphigenia in Tauris) by Gluck at Hamburg’s Staatsoper, with a world-class cast: Toby Spence, Christopher Maltman, Krassimira Stoyanova… He also directed two concerts for Julia Migénès (Alter ego, and Franz Schubert’s Lieder), as well as a Casino de Paris show starring Dita Von Teese. His production of Shakespeare Richard III, with Philippe Torreton (2005), was staged at Nanterre’s Théâtre des Amandiers, where he also created Electra by Sophocles, starring, among others, Jane Birkin, in 2006. In 2008-2009 he created Juste la fin du monde by Jean- Luc Lagarce at the National Drama Theater of Ljubljana, as well as Parasites by Marius Von Mayenburg, yet again at the Théâtre des Amandiers in Nanterre. In 2010, he started up acollaboration with the Athénée-Louis Jouvet theater, in Paris, where he directed La visite inopportune by Copi (starring among others Michel Fau and Marianne James), as well as in 2012 Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra Van Kant, starring Maruschka Detmers in the main part. In 2015, he directed Marie Tudor at the Théâtre de la Pépinière, with 12 actors, among which Cristiana Reali in the main part.

Philippe Calvario has been the artistic advisor to Patrice Chéreau for Phedra by Racine. They selected and read together material from Hervé Guibert in Le Mausolée des Amants (The Lovers’s Mausoleum) (2005), that went touring in the whole of France including the Odéon – Théâtre de l’Europe and the Opéra Comique.

 

Play by Marivaux
Director: Philippe Calvario
Compagnie Saudade, France

* French with Chinese subtitles
* About 90 minutes, no intermission
25.03.2017 20:00 - 26.03.2017 15:00
Ticket prices

 

Guangzhou Opera house

1 Zhujiang Xilu

Tianhe district, Guangzhou, Guangdong

 

Phone : 020-38392888

 

Play by Marivaux
Director: Philippe Calvario
Compagnie Saudade, France

* French with Chinese subtitles
* About 90 minutes, no intermission
03.04.2017 19:00 - 04.04.2017 19:00
Ticketing: http://ticket.hrbgtheatre.org/ - 0451 5897 1866
Ticket Prices
‎¥‎280 ¥‎180 ¥‎120 ¥80

 

Harbin Grand Theatre
Songbei district, Harbin, Heilongjiang

 

Phone : 0451-87751222

 

Play by Marivaux
Director: Philippe Calvario
Compagnie Saudade, France

* French with Chinese subtitles
* About 90 minutes, no intermission
17.03.2017 19:30 - 18.03.2017 19:30
Ticketing: http://www.sddjy.org/ - 0531-55707333

 

Shandong Grand Theatre
Huaiyin district, Jinan, Shandong

 

Phone : 0531-55707333

 

Play by Marivaux
Director: Philippe Calvario
Compagnie Saudade, France

* French with Chinese subtitles
* About 90 minutes, no intermission
21.03.2017 19:30 - 22.03.2017 19:30
Ticket prices
¥50 ¥180 ¥280 ¥380
Buying tickets in English : https://en.damai.cn/event/tickets_116336/

 

Shanghai Grand Theater
Huangpu district, Shanghai, Shanghai

 

Phone : (8621)6386 8686

 

Play by Marivaux
Director: Philippe Calvario
Compagnie Saudade, France

* French with Chinese subtitles
* About 90 minutes, no intermission
31.03.2017 - 31.03.2017

 

Tianjin Grand Theater

Pingjiang Dao

Hexi district, Tianjin, Tianjin

 

Phone : 022-83882000,83882008

 

 

 

     

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