NAC French Theatre

2019-2020 SEASON

Mathieu Rivard

Brigitte HAENTJENS Artistic director

A Helping Hand

The upheavals that typify our modern era are frequently listed. Are they more radical than in the past? Of course, all the restraints that seemed to curb violence—political, social, domestic—appear to have failed. Violence insinuates itself into everyday life, becomes commonplace, infiltrates conversations and relationships. Isolation and insecurity make us vulnerable, more fragile and perhaps more submissive. One sometimes has the feeling of being subjected to barbarism, buffeted by the waves of a system that was nevertheless forged by humans.

Artists, like everyone else, are looking for answers. They examine the past, they mine history to find material as much to deepen our understanding as to spark hope. And in the present, they question civil and political society as well as more intimate structures: the family, the group, the couple. They are driven by the desire to find the light in the darkness, even in the obscurantism in which we live today. As if we had to die in order to be reborn. As if we had to stand up, to come together as a community in order to find a more just, more fraternal path.

The artistic concepts we are so proud to present to you are impressively imaginative in their forms and styles. Without pretension, they reflect the concerns of our society and express, from very different perspectives, beauty and hope. They are a helping hand toward a more just, more humane society.

Brigitte Haentjens

Artistic Director

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