After theater "Route du Levant" and "Shadows on Moliere," the author goes a monologue of his own on the "granddaddy of all Generous."
Banish your mind immediately audible allusion in the title to The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensley! And enter rather the pure soul by the door of the tiny chapel of Saint
Léger join the flock of thirty came to hear the sermon of John Calvin. Dressed in black dress with reflective tape, bonnet and white collar rigor, Olivier Laurence, its exact replica goatee, you deliver, and the mixture contained his dead baby, the key to judge knowingly. While at the temple not far from Saint-Gravis, his colleague José Lillo call on a Grand Inquisitor, Dominique Ziegler present here an authentic theologian - his life, his problems, his writings, his faith in God. To be instructive lesson that we do not appreciate the naturalistic imperative, which has the effect of crack now and recant his heresy original?
Boiling the author had left and director in January on a Route du Levant interviewing Islamist commitment of young French. Dominique Ziegler found the chapel Saint-Léger, probing the complex figure of John Calvin. Having ordered his scooter and adjusted its reflective glasses, he spoke to us on Calvin, a monologue, third creation of a season started in Alexandrine with Shadows on Moliere.
Why this frantic pace in your recent works?
I have always been prolific. I have things to tell, and if the pace of Grant makers followed that of my creativity, I would produce much more! That said, my text on Calvin is not new. For the 500th anniversary of his birth, in 2009, the Theater Saint-Gravis had passed me control of a piece for four hands with Nicolas Bury. I first dragged its feet, but my many readings opened my fascinating world. I needed to write a summary, to settle the crowd learned things, adopting the views of Calvin. When Fury read programmed monologue starring Olivier Laurence, public acceptance has prompted us to dig, history to face a founding figure but unrecognized Geneva.
How are we going to topical jihadist to the historical personality of Calvin?
Easy! The two pieces are impregnated with extremist religion. At the time of Calvin, Geneva was a theocracy to approach the current Iranian model. Today obscures what happened staggering. But as with the ayatollahs, the policy then was absolute submission to the spiritual. Witches were burned, one banished for adultery, one beheaded, it was inflicting all kinds of cruelties in the name of a repressive discipline endorsed by the political authorities despite inevitable frictions.
What does it feel even in his city the influence of Calvin?
The people of Geneva are not the most hilarious of the world is known. Psychologically, it also recognizes the leg of Calvin in his propensity unsaid - which notably led to bank secrecy or "Panama Papers". Economically, we can consider Calvinism as the cradle of capitalism. The doctrine of double predestination states that God already knows in advance if so and so be damned or saved. Faced with an unknown that accommodates everyone in the same boat, we have the freedom to give thanks to the Lord at every moment, in a private report, without any intermediary. This devotion suffers no day off, no game, no party, and no access lazy. Between egalitarianism and barbarism, contradictions and dialectics at work in the writings of Calvin reflect, I hope, in the monologue that I attributed to him.
This show he demands to be presented in a church?
This artistically unusual project for me, more austere and more without means so far, is kind of animistic in nature. I would, by the pagan ceremony of a Black Mass, recall the spirit of Calvin in Geneva! This is how I see the theater: it is there use reflective elements of the past to illuminate the present. But Calvin is the supreme ancestor, without whom it would not Geneva. He saved the city the military powers that surrounded it, he gave him the intellectual foundation of a Protestant Rome, it was open to foreigners ... One wonders if, without it, we would have had the Societies Nations, colleges, health facilities and so on. More broadly, I am struck by how little we made great historical figures that marked Geneva: Caesar, Rousseau, Dunant or Lenin! Moreover, I will soon harness myself to a play about Lenin...