I dived into various artistic languages and different ways of working on stage out of intellectual and aesthetic curiosity.
Tell us about your career…
I was trained as an actor. Quickly, it became obvious to me that I was more interested in staging a play and directing actors. I first chose to stage contemporary authors like Fabrice Melquiot, and it worked out pretty well.
Then, I was advised to carry on my training with experienced directors. I have always been interested in theory and the history of theatre, so I found it clever to go further in my reflection by immersing myself in new worlds – like Yves-Noel Genod’s world, from which I learnt a lot.
Later on, I worked for five years with Krzysztof Warlikowski, first as his assistant and then as playwright. With him, work would never end, even if the play had already been performed twenty times. To him, theatre is a living thing.
I dived into various artistic languages and different ways of working on stage out of intellectual and aesthetic curiosity. Working on more than ten shows was the logical consequence of my theoretical training. One fed off the other.
interview by Patrick Beaumont
CLAIRE DUPONT, BUREAU PRÉMISSES
What makes you a committed artist ?
I live in the Hauts-de-France region for political reasons so it would be impossible not to involve my world and this region of mine in my plays. My company works together with a local high school. I received a deeply moving document telling the students’ reactions to the Andromaque’s project. One of them told how surprised he was to be considered as a « true » audience. It means everything to me and it is the true reason of my work on Racine’s Andromaque.