Le Cercle des Illusionistes

  • 08, Mar 2014
  • Parisian theatre
  • Theatre in Paris contributor

The Théâtre de la Pépinière, a stone's throw away from the Opera Garnier, has garnered a reputation for the quality of their productions over the years. Daring and determination define the program offered at this charming venue.
Last Thursday was no exception. The theatre was packed and the sense of excitement was palpable. This is the latest play, written and directed by Alexis Michalik, one of France's most acclaimed contemporary playwrights and every local has been clamouring to see it.

To sum up the evening in a word: GREAT :-)

The play is full of surprises, with Michalik adopting many of the artistic tricks he used in the play which made him famous, Le Porteur d’Histoire (2012). A mixture of French culture, history and theatre techniques, sprinkled with a bit of magic (literally) et voilà – Le Cercle des Illusionnistes is a fantastic play that has rhythm, dynamics, laughter, love, dreams, emotions, and the type of experience that you want to absorb and never forget.
If you add to that some brilliant acting - notably Vincent Joncquez, although in fact the whole cast is superb with each actor playing between four and eight characters each - and the fact that the story partly happens in the very same district where the Pépinière theatre is located, then you have THE perfect Parisian theatre evening.
For sure, a version of the play with English surtitles would be a must-see for foreigners that wish to discover Michalik's work. Food for thought for THEATRE IN PARIS? 

Le Cercle des Illusionnistes
Après leur rencontre due à une photo trouvée dans un sac volé dans le métro, Décembre va conter à Avril l'histoire de Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin, horloger, inventeur, et magicien du XIXe siècle...
Cette histoire les mènera tous deux sous le coffre de la BNP du boulevard des Italiens, dans le théâtre disparu de Robert-Houdin, devant la roulotte d'un escamoteur, derrière les circuits du Turc mécanique, aux prémices du kinétographe, et à travers le cercle des illusionnistes.

Après le succès du Porteur d'Histoire, la nouvelle création d'Alexis Michalik. 

Author: Alexis Michalik
Actors: Jeanne Arènes, Maud Baecker, Michel Deville, Arnaud Dupont, Vincent Joncquez, Mathieu Métral
Director: Alexis Michalik
Dates: Since January 22nd, 2014
Venue: La Pépinière théâtre, Paris - Opera