staging and dramaturgy by marion coutris | scenography by serge noyelle
with christian mazzuchini (vladimir), grégori miege (lucky), serge noyelle (pozzo), noël vergès (estragon) and martin martinez or loïs paul (le garçon)
After its May 2013 hit, "Oh Beautiful Days," hailed as an "uncluttered pictorial of sassy liberty," Theatre NoNo marches on with Beckett's Waiting for Godot.
Staging such a classic in the carnival-like environment where NoNo Theatre is based, the production pays homage to the wild and fierce poetry that is Beckett and, for its actors, creates the despairing energy and mockery found in burlesque theatre that evokes music hall, circus and cabaret all at once. The play is a mosaic of rare, fleeting moments that are driven by the endless wait of Vladimir and Estragon, the mythic stage couple joined by the surrealist and crazy duo Pozzo and Lucky.
From old bickering clowns left by the wayside to featherless angels at the foot of the wounded and from jesters without kings who somehow move by an "undying desire" (the kind that the philosopher Alain Badiou holds dear) and the inexplicable laughter that surges from wanderlust, Waiting for Godot by NoNo Theatre is an image-rich world where words pick raw at the depths of the unconscious and the organic -- here a tree, there a road -- and where beings oscillate between triviality and pure poetry, where they stop for just a moment and wait...
Indeed, at this moment when the strangeness of theatre and society meet, we are waiting -- more than ever -- for Godot's arrival.
What the press is saying:
« NoNo Theatre at its closest to Beckett. In Marion Coutris and Serge Noyelle's staging of Waiting for Godot, a joyous distance is without a doubt shaped by their eccentric and carnival-like approach. They grasp Beckett's classic with exaltation but not with false veneration. Actor Christian Mazzuchini (Vladimir) is compulsive, optimistic, and magnificent while actor Noel Vergès (Estragon) offers an intensely wounded approach, an injured greatness. Incredibly cruel clowns, their laughter is fittingly tragic. Under the stage lights of NoNo Theatre this somber humanity burns with crazy sadness. »
Gwenola Gabellec LA PROVENCE
« The joyous acting troupe of Pointe Rouge tackles Beckett's famous play with definite success. The actors enhance a text and make it their own, plunging the spectator into a universe that reminds one somewhat of Clockwork Orange. In fact, if the play's main characters Vladimir and Estragon never saw Godot arrive, the actors at NoNo Theatre would well and truly have met him.»
Laurent Jaïs VENTILO