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The Avignon Festival, a major theater event, begins this Thursday, with an “Off” as usual plethoric. Marguerite Duras, Angela Davis, Alexis Michalik… Our first selection of the best shows, before other recommendations to come.

“A dam against the Pacific”, by Marguerite Duras

“Un barrage contre le Pacifique” by Marguerite Duras, adapted, directed and performed by Anne Consigny.

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In his adaptation and staging ofA dam against the Pacific, by Marguerite Duras (1950), Anne Consigny embodies all the characters in this largely autobiographical novel of dampness, failure and despair. A widowed mother persists in surviving in Indochina when she has been sold an uncultivable concession. Her two children, Joseph, 20, and Suzanne, 16, gently accompany her in her violence and incipient madness, when a rich Indochinese falls in love with Suzanne and tries to buy her… Alone on stage in her light dress and fluid, Anne Consigny gives soul and grace to this terrible story of colonists and colonies, of lost lives and heartbreaking disillusions. She embodies the mother and the daughter as the two sides of the same difficulty of being a woman. But without complaint, with stubborn strength. She who had already superbly played Duras alongside Emmanuelle Riva in Savannah Bay possesses its haunting secrets. She dances her characters. – F.B

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