Paris, 13th June 2012

Dear friends,

News from home:

Summer is fast approaching or, at least, we hope it is, and while the Cartoucherie itself is in festival mode – with the Festival June Events and the Festival des Ecoles, which, by the way, we are happily associated with – we ourselves are back on the cinema soundstage with our faithful co-producer, Bel Air Media, and the full ‘ciné-theatre’ crew, working until July 8th to finish the film adaptation of Les Naufragés du Fol Espoir (Aurores).

You are no doubt aware that this film, which has been made possible thanks to the indispensable help of our friends at SESC Sao Paulo* and of course the undeniable support of ARTE, could not be happening without you. A large number of you have already become Great Subscribers and, as such, have already joined us in this beautiful (and necessary) common effort to produce the film. Please note that your solidarity to this cause is still very welcome! Please don’t hesitate to join us, and in doing so, gain the privilege of acquiring a special limited edition DVD especially for benefactors, revealing all the secrets of the making of the film !

While we’re busy with all this, our dear Central Asian Theatre of the Sun, the Travelling Aftaab Theatre, which since its foundation in 2005 has matured so much thanks to your faithful attention, will be performing two of its shows, both directed by Hélène Cinque, as part of the Festival Paris Quartier d’été : Ce jour-la, a collectively-devised production which you first saw in 2009 at the Théâtre de l’Aquarium, and The Miser, created in Kabul, and which has not yet been performed in Paris. These productions will run from 14th-25th July at Théâtre 13.

Another summer date for your diaries: our friends, les Lorialets, will be returning to perform Notre Commune, histoire méconnue racontée sur un char under the Cartoucherie’s plane-trees for four dates only, from 5th-8th July. Please come along and share the longest and most beautiful evenings of the year with them and with us!

News of travels:

The last performances of Les Naufragés du Fol Espoir are almost here. After 188 performances in Paris and 90 on tour, we will be celebrating the 290th performance in Edinburgh. Twenty years after our last performances in Great Britain (in Bradford in 1992 with Les Atrides), we will be performing in Scotland from 23rd to 28th August, invited for the first time by Edinburgh International Festival.

We will soon be telling you more about what is in store for the Autumn for both ourselves and for the six young and emerging theatre companies whose productions we will be hosting during the ninth Festival Premiers Pas. We’ll also have more news of Théâtre Majaz and Aftaab Theatre and their new collectively devised productions, as well as news from friends coming from Le Mans and from Argentina, news of masters of shadow theatre from Indonesia, and news of the lovely Cambodian team creating the Khmer version of Sihanouk.

See you very soon,

The Théâtre du Soleil

* SESC Serviço Social do Comércio is a Brazilian private, non-profit institution of national scope. SESC is intended to promote social welfare, cultural development, and improved quality of life for workers in business and in services, for their families and for the wider community in general.