"Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme" New York, July 20-24
One of the great comedies of Western literature is shown here in a critically acclaimed production by Paris’s Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (The Magic Flute). Award-winning director Denis Podalydès goes back to the origins of this “comédie-ballet,” incorporating Lully’s music as well as dance interludes. With exquisite costumes by Christian Lacroix, this Bourgeois Gentilhomme recalls the bravura of the original version that so delighted Louis XIV at its premiere.
Far from diluting the potency of the work’s scathing social critique, this vibrant production reinvigorates its relevancy. In an “exuberant” performance (Libération), Pascal Rénéric brings tenderness to the titular gentleman, Monsieur Jourdain, a textile manufacturer who aspires to the aristocracy. As this “man of little light, who speaks nonsense on all topics and applauds only at wrong moments” attempts to acquire the tastes and manners of the elite, the farce ramps up, resulting in a “magical Baroque extravaganza” (Libération) filled with “playfulness, invention, and intelligence” (Le Figaro).
“Superb...a Bourgeois of a finesse, lightness, and depth we haven’t seen in a long time.”
Jul 20 - 24, 2016
Gerald W. Lynch Theater
524 W 59th St
New York, NY 10019
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This program is part of Tandem Paris - New York 2016.
TANDEM PARIS-NEW YORK 2016 is a large-scale transatlantic cultural exchange between Paris and New York. From June through October 2016, cultural institutions in New York and Paris will present an extraordinary selection of events in a variety of cultural disciplines from the partner city.
Tandem Paris - New York 2016 is organized by the City of Paris and the Institut français, in partnership with the French Embassy in the United States and the Embassy of the United States of America in France, with the support of the City of New York.