First U.S. Publication by Joel Pommerat Acclaimed French Author-Director

April 4, 2012 | By French Culture
Je tremble by Joel Pommerat

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy is pleased to announce the first U.S. publication of acclaimed French author/director Joël Pommerat (winner of Grand Prix for Dramatic Literature, Molière Award, and Associate Artist at both Odéon Theater of Europe, and National Theater of Belgium) in Theater magazine’s Summer 2012 edition.

The publication marks the first translation of his work into American English (in an original translation by Emma Laurent). The Theater magazine issue will also include an introduction by Laurent reflecting on the importance of Pommerat’s productions in the context of contemporary French theater.

The translation coincides with a residency for Pommerat at New York Theatre Workshop. Over the next 3 years (2012-14) he will, for the first time, create a theater piece in English with American actors, in collaboration with his French designers and technicians.

The project, Je tremble (3), will be developed in collaboration with New York Theatre Workshop, Compagnie Louis Brouillard, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. It will complete the trilogy begun with the acclaimed diptych, Je Tremble (1+2). Joël Pommerat’s project is part of a program called Carte Blanche initiated by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Additional co-producers and presenters will be joining this project in the coming months.

About Joël Pommerat
Author/Director, Compagnie Louis Brouillard Joël Pommerat, an inescapable fixture of the French stage, has written and directed two dozen plays. "A brilliant artist”, who, “with his Compagnie Louis Brouillard, creates these beautifully conceived productions, in which the words, the lights and the sound are all in dialogue with each other to describe a state of the world and of being" (Le Monde), founded his company in 1990 and devoted himself exclusively to staging his own writing. For Cet enfant (This Child), he received the 2006 Critics Prize for Best Work in the French Language from the Critics Syndicate. National recognition came in the same year with Au Monde, and his production at the Avignon Festival, Les Marchands (The Merchants), which won the Grand Prix for Dramatic Literature.

In 2006, Peter Brook invited him to be artist-in-residence at his Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris, where he was ensconced for three years, creating his diptych Je tremble 1 et 2, and transforming the space into a theater-in-the-round for Cercles/Fictions, for which Compagnie Louis Brouillard won the 2010 Molière Award, the Parisian equivalent of the Tony, for Best Company. He was named Associate Artist at both the Odéon Theater of Europe in Paris and the National Theater of Belgium in Brussels, where he premiered Ma chambre froide (My Cold Room), winner of the 2011 Molières for ‘Best Living Francophone Author and Best Company’ as well as the Critics’ Grand Prix. He has also created hugely popular children’s shows such as Le Petit Chaperon rouge (Little Red Riding Hood, 2006), Pinocchio (2010) and Cendrillon (Cinderella, 2011). Compagnie Louis Brouillard has tours in constant rotation across France and has played throughout Europe. Pommerat has also mounted translations of his plays in Moscow. La grande et fabuleuse histoire du commerce (The Big, Fabulous Story of Trade) premiered in France this season, and Je tremble will be published in Yale University’s Theater magazine.


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