Association Loi 1901
12 rue Frédéric Petit
80 000 Amiens
4416 Louis B. Mayer, Laval (Québec)
H7P OG1 Canada
0805 080 426
Crédit photos Maxence Papavéracées
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When we create, we willingly put ourselves facing something that we don’t know yet. Facing a new object, we have no choice but to learn again how to learn. Our work is to extract the precise form of this precise object. This is what our discipline (theater, but art in general) demands us. It takes time, patience, humility. But then, when we make it, we find ourselves full of hopes and powers. And then we know, precisely because we have made it, that every one of us carries an infinity of other possible worlds.
“Putting an end to the idea that we are representation makers or show makers, for a room full of voyeurs who would look at a final object; an object that they would consider as “beautiful” and offered to their admiration.”
Claude Régy in Espaces Perdus (Lost Spaces)
[ so, this has to be a manifesto ]
The company was born on the impulse of Charlotte Le Bras, so as to make her first “shared creation” cycle as a director. This cycle was composed of “F…. Country !” (theatrical adaptation of the book by Younes Amrani and Stéphane Beaud, sociologist) and followed by “Words of Youth”, a participative project in social sciences and theater.
The team members meet during auditions.
The play “F…. Country” is created in France (in the Hauts-de-France area, where the company is located) and during the Avignon OFF Festival (at the “Nouveau Ring”). Jean-Louis Estany meets Charlotte and offers the company to become associated artist at La Maison du Théâtre, in Amiens.
“F…. Country” tours in the Hauts-de-France area and in Paris (La Maison des Métallos). “Words of Youth” takes place with 3 groups of volunteers, in different social centers and theaters. The project gives birth to 3 participative plays.
Arthur becomes a member of Les Papavéracées. He takes over a part in “F… Country” (the play tours in the “Région En Scène Festival” and in the Avignon OFF Festival, at “Présence Pasteur”, with the help of the “Hauts-de-France Région”) and he begins the new creation with the company. They start working on “A Woman” with the book by Annie Ernaux.
It’s the world pandemia. The creation of the play “A Woman” is rescheduled and finally canceled.
We cannot perform in front of an audience, but we can work and create. We start our second “shared creation” with CHILDHOOD(S) followed by “Words of Childhoods”.
We organize an “Intense Time” at La Maison du Théâtre, in Amiens. OUr companionship with them is coming to an end and we want to celebrate what we did together. We perform our 3 plays and it’s incredible.
We keep working on “CHILDHOOD(S)” that becomes “CHILDHOOD(S) [ so, this has to be a manifesto]”. We will create the play during the Avignon OFF festival at LaScierie (theater and Third Place). For this festival issue, we also organize an “Ephemaral Popular University”, a meeting about “Third Places and Third Theater”. We also decide to make it an “Ecological Avignon” and we won’t use any poster or flyer.
Papavéracées Productions, in coproduction with la Maison du Théâtre d'Amiens, with the support of la DRAC Hauts-de-France, la région Hauts-de-France, le conseil départemental de la Somme, Amiens Métropole (ongoing production)
Created in 2023