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December 10, 2022
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Raoul, dream-like performance at National Theatre

A child-prodigy of the theatre world, James Thiérrée, presents, this weekend, in Bucharest, his latest creation, “Raoul”, which collected accolades on the world’s most prestigious stages, from the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York to the Barbican Centre in London. Inspired from the circus world, the show combines chamber music, illusionism, pantomime and theatre, projecting an oneiric world, woven by a single man, confronted with his own madness. The performance will be presented on three consecutive nights at the Bucharest National Theatre, tonight, Saturday and Sunday, starting 8pm.

The show’s presentation in Bucharest marks a premiere in Central and Eastern Europe and the last stop after a successful world tour.

“Raoul” is not a simple tale, but a surrealist explosion of confetti by which James Thiérrée creates a dream-like, enchanted world. We will encounter fantasy creatures, such as a giant fish, a metallic beetle and a dying jellyfish. Raoul has a relation of familiarity or authority with every one of these.

James Thiérrée is an actor, director, dancer and acrobat. He was brought up in the midst of circus performances, as the son of Victoria (sister to Geraldine Chaplin) and Jean-Baptiste Thiérrée, the founders of the Bonjour Circus. He made his debut in the circus arena aged four, as a “bibelot” to be used in various acts. His first performance, “La Symphonie du hanneton”, combined theatre with juggling acts, acrobatics, lyrical singing and music. The show toured the world and won the prestigious Adami award in 2005, as well as four Molière awards in 2006 (for Public Theatrical Performance, Direc­tor, Theatrical Breakthrough and Costumes, designed by his mother, Victoria Chaplin Thiérrée). Two more shows followed, confirming his status as total performance prodigy, “La Veillée des abysses”, in 2003, and “Au revoir parapluie”, in 2007.

All the four shows signed by James Thiérrée have been performed on some of the world’s greatest stages, from the Sadlers Wells in London to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York and were met with excellent reviews. “Raoul” is his latest creation, a mixture of contemporary circus, music and poetry. The show made its debut at the Barbican Centre in London in October 2009 and has been presented, before, at the Maison de la Danse in Lyon, Théatre de la Ville in Paris, the UCLA in Los Angeles and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.

The show “Raoul” is brought to Bucharest by the French Embassy to Romania and the French Institute in Bucharest, in partnership with Orange Romania and Samsung Mobile.

Tickets are on sale in Orange shops and in the Eventim.ro network, as well as at the Bucharest National Theatre’s box-office.

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