Joël Pommerat

Joël Pommerat founds the Louis Brouillard Company in 1990. He directs only his own plays, trying to create a visual theatre that is, at the same time, intimate and spectacular. He produces the shows Le théâtre (1991), Des suées and Les Evénéments (1994). In 1995, he creates Pôles, the first text which he considers as being artistically complete and which is published by Actes Sud-Papiers Publishing House. Until 2000, Joël Pommerat focuses on film research before making a definitive return to theatre. At the Paris-Villette Theatre, he re-stages two of his creations, Pôles and Treize étroites têtes, and directes the new production Mon Ami. He creates Grâce à mes yeux (2002), Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait (2003), Le Petit Chaperon Rouge (2004), and, in 2005, his first performance for children, D’une seule main. After the company relocates at the National Theatre of Chambéry and Savoie, in 2006 he creates Les Marchands (Grand Prix for Dramatic Literature) and Cet enfant (Award for Best Work in French). Au monde, Les Marchands and Le Petit Chaperon Rouge were restaged at the Avignon Festival in 2006. 2007, the year when Je tremble (1) is produced, the company starts its residence at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord and the director stages in Russian Cet enfant at the Praktika Theatre in Moscow. In March 2008, Joël Pommerat produces Pinocchio and, a few months later, he produces Je tremble (2) at the Avignon Festival. He also restages Je tremble (1). In January 2010, he produces Cercles/Fictions (Molière Award). In October 2010, Joël Pommerat produces Pinocchio in Russian at Moscow. He then writes the libretto for the opera Thanks to My Eyes, based on his play of the same name, for the Festival d’Aix in July 2011. In October 2011, he produces Cendrillon at the Brussels National Theatre. In December 2011, he produces La Grande et Fabuleuse Histoire du Commerce at the Comédie de Béthune (National Drama Centre) in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais. In September 2010, Joël Pommerat begins a three-year partnership with Odéon-Théâtre de l’Éurope and a five-year partnership with the National Theatre in Brussels. In 2011, he produces Ma Chambre froide and he receives the awards Molière des compagnies and Molière de l’auteur francophone. Directed in 2013, La Réunification des deux Corées and the project Cities on stage/ Villes en scène, he is awarded the prize Beaumarchais/le Figaro for Best Author, the prize Palmarès du Théâtre for Best Performance and the prize for Best Work in French. In 2015, he receives the prize for the World Premiere at the International Opera Awards, for directing the opera Au monde.

“The new star of Francophone performing arts, Joël Pommerat is awarded a star on the Walk of Fame for the concept of total performance in theatre and opera. This is a concept that he has been developing with his own text, with the help of actors, musicians, and costumes, which, reunited under his direction, create, in an empty space, a true Miracle! ”
(Constantin Chiriac)

Supported by: BRD Groupe Société Générale
Receiver: Chloe Becqueriaux, Head of the Book Department - French Institute Bucharest

BRD Groupe Société Générale