• Theater


Directed by Jöel Pommerat | By the Louis Brouillard Company

Belgium | France

  • French with Spanish subtitles
  • 100 minutes
  • +10 años

With the unique touch that only belongs to French director Joël Pommerat, this special version of Cinderella deals with topics like sadness, blame and death, without forfeiting the charm of the original fairy story.

The star of this show, Sandra, is convinced that her mother’s last words begged her to never stop thinking about her, implying that the day her daughter forgets about her will be the day she dies forever. A clock and its exasperating ticking constantly remind the young girl of this promise.

The mother’s death, which is usually overlooked in other versions of the tale by the Brothers Grimm, is at the heart of this story. Brought to the stage by French director

Joël Pommerat, the piece reveals the connection between sadness and blame, giving this fairy tale a more realistic connotation, without forfeiting its charm.

Pommerat has rewritten and restaged this story, tackling painful questions about grief and emancipation and making Cinderella a piece of theater “about death, life, and time”.

Cast and crew

Written and directed by: Joël Pommerat | Staging and lighting: Eric Soyer | Lighting assistant: Gwendal Malard | Costumes: Isabelle Deffin | Sound: François Leymarie | Video: Renaud Rubiano | Original score: Antonin Leymarie | Cast: Alfredo Cañavate; Noémie Carcaud; Caroline Donnelly; Catherine Mestoussis; Deborah
Rouach; Marcella Carrara; Nicolas Nore and Julien Desmet | Assistant directors: Pierre-Yves Le Borgne, Philippe Carbonneaux | Set and costume design: The ateliers at the Brussels National Theater | Produced by: National Theater / Brussels in a coproduction with La Monnaie / De Munt and in association with the Louis Brouillard Company | With the support of: Wallonie-Bruxelles | Production de la captation Axe Sud Réalisation Florent Trochel | With thanks to Axe Sud for the rights to the performance by the Louis Brouillard Company and to Anne de Amezaga.

Joël Pommerat

Director and playwright

A creator without boundaries

In 1990, he founded the Louis Brouillard Company, working on his own texts with this group. In 2006 and 2008, they was invited to the Avignon Festival to perform Pinocchio and later, in 2010, they premiered Cercles / Fictions at the Bouffes du Nord and Ma chambre froide, pieces for which the company won two consecutive Molière awards. For this last play, Joël Pommerat also won the 2011 Molière award for Best Living French-Speaking Writer, the Europe pour le Théâtre / Nouvelles Réalités award and the Grand Prix du Syndicat de la Presse.

He created Cendrillón in 2010 for the Brussels National Theater and, the following year, La Grande et Fabuleuse histoire du commerce and Thanks to my eyes, an opera by Oscar Bianchi based on the libretto by Pommerat called Grâce à mes yeux. In 2013, after the creation of La Réunification des deux Corées, he directed a piece by another author for the first time: Une année sans été by Catherine Anne.

Joël Pommerat is currently an associated artist at the Brussels National Theater and at L’Odéon – Théâtre de L’Europe. His plays have been published by Actes Sud-Papiers.

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