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Benjamin Lazar

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Director and actor. Studied declamation and baroque theatrical gesticulation under Eugène Green. He completed an acting course at Claude Mathieu’s school. Simultaneously, he studied violin and singing. At the beginning of his career, he directed plays by Pierre Corneille, Robert Garnier, Federico Garcia Lorca, Molière, Heiner Müller and worked as an assistant to Michel Didym in Comédie-Française and Théâtre de la Ville. During the same period, he performed in spectacles of such ensembles as Amadis, La Simphonie du Marais and Le Poème Harmonique. Since 2000, he has engaged in permanent co-operation with Dumestre’s group.

In 2002, he directed Il Fasolo for him, and two years later The Bourgeois Gentleman. The same year, he formed his own troupe, Théâtre de l’Incrédule, and in co-operation with La Rêveuse ensemble he adapted and staged L’Autre Monde ou les États and Empires de la Lune, a novel by Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac. In 2005, he prepared M.-A. Charpentier’s La Pastorale de Noël for Le Parlement de Musique group and for the festival in Arques-la-Bataille, with his own ensemble, he prepared Feu, a play based on an idea by Blaise Pascal.

In 2006, in co-operation with Les Nouveaux Caractères ensemble, he directed Enée et Lavinie by Pascal Colasse and H. Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the opera in Rennes. Next, in co-operation with Vincent Dumestre and Le Poème Harmonique, he prepared the spectacle La Vita Humana by M. Marazzoli. In the season 2007–2008, Lazar prepared S. Landi’s Il Sant’Alessio with the participation of William Christie and Les Arts Florissants ensemble (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, theatre in Caen, opera in Nancy) and J.-B. Lully’s Cadmus & Hermione in co-operation with Vincent Dumestre and Le Poème Harmonique (Opéra Comique in Paris, opera in Rouen, theatre in Caen, Grand Théâtre de Provence and Grand Théâtre in Luxembourg). With Théâtre de l’Incrédule and the Habanera quartet, he performed a theatrical and musical adaptation of a short story by Marguerite Yourcenar How Wang-Fu Was Saved.

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