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Wajdi Mouawad named Director of the Théâtre National de la Colline

April 07, 2016 | By francecanadaculture Canada

In reponse to the proposal put forward by Audrey Azoulay, Minister for Culture and Communication, President François Hollande has named Wajdi Mouawad the Director of the Théâtre National de la Colline. Mr. Mouawad will replace Stéphane Braunschweig, who has taken up a leadership position at the Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe.

As an author, director, and actor, Wajdi Mouawad delves into Greek tragedy to question the modern world. The nomination of an author to this position reflects the choice to pursue narrative theatre: theatre that is lyrical, accessible, and built on a varied foundation.

Wajdi Mouawad addresses the issues of memory and heritage through a show whose events take place over multiple continents. His plans for the Colline are designed in the image of this commitment and the path that he has walked.

He is bringing together creators, authors, and intellectuals who wish to reveal—particularly to teenagers—the political nature of writing and the fundamental place that it can occupy in public life.

Born in 1968, Wajdi Mouawad spent his childhood in Lebanon, his adolescence in France, and his early adult years in Québec, where from 2000 to 2004 he managed the Théâtre de Quat’Sous in Montréal before going on to create the Abé Carré Cé Carré company.
He partnered with the 63rd edition of the Festival d’Avignon in 2009 to present the dramatic saga Le Sang des Promesses (Littoral, Incendies, Forêts, Ciels), which would leave a lasting mark on the French scene as a result of its narrative force. From 2007 to 2012, he was the Artistic Director of the National Art Centre French Theatre in Ottawa. He has been partnered with Grand T, a theatre in Nantes, France, since September 2011.