More entertaining than a lecture, more academic than a film concert: a tribute to Buster Keaton by Mathieu Bauer, with the complicity of Stéphane Goudet.
An amazing stuntman, a formidable inventor of gags, a silent actor with an impressive sense of rhythm, Buster Keaton is also one of the greatest filmmakers in history. The director of the Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil has created a musical show centred on the brilliant “king of the pratfall”. To enter Keaton’s world, Mathieu Bauer calls on two musicians, a tightrope walker and a lecturer. Not forgetting film footage: from of The Navigator, a hilarious and sentimental romance on the high seas – one of Keaton’s masterpieces.
Mathieu Bauer’s main concern is to create works whose topics resonate with the stakes of our times. Guided by the notion of a theater closely linked to music, cinema and literature, where montage is conceived as a way to put down barriers between artistic forms, Mathieu Bauer works from very diverse texts and materials: newspaper articles, essays, novels, films, operas, and of course theater plays. He composes new structures which combine rhythm, text, singing and image. Here lies the specificity of his work and the basic logic of his theatrical practice.
with Mathieu Bauer, Sylvain Cartigny, Stéphane Goudet, Arthur Sidoroff, Lawrence Williams
based on the movie La Croisière du Navigator of Donald Crisp and Buster Keaton
directed by Mathieu Bauer
artistic collaboration and composition Sylvain Cartigny
dramaturgy Thomas Pondevie
text Stephane Goudet
scenography, light creation and general management Xavier Lescat
sound creation Dominique Bataille
costume creation Nathalie Saulnier
video editing Florent Fouquet
assistant director Anne Soisson
Production Nouveau théâtre de Montreuil – CDN
Coproduction LUX Scène nationale
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