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Theater

and Literature


The Theater ...
... definetley settles in Corsica

The example of " Théâtre Point "


[...]" When Francis Aiqui came back in Corsica in 1985, it was to present to the public a play.., in English[...] He arrived from Scotland where he had already staged about forty shows.

He also created there "Momo" adapted from the best-seller from Michabl Ende, then he settled definitively in Corsica in 1986.

Here the theater was at a standstill.

After many more or less fortunate attempts, the Community Arts Center of Corsica, on one hand stopped its activities. On the other hand, the local upsurge of protest led by Teatru Paisanu, A Tribbiera and Teatru di l'olmu, moved towards the song and movie."

[..]The attempt of the introduction of a Regional Dramatic Center, led by Michel Raffali, seemed to take over effectively: he created U Rmninzulaghju, then A cerca Moglia, but he withdrew facing financial difficulties of the time and he finally turned towards the musical creation.
So Francis had to have many arguments and charisma to re-create an audience, to convince it and to carry it at arm's length. "

[... ] So we are in 1986 when Francis wrote Gran' Testa [La Marge edition] a show inspired from a Corsican tale of oral tradition; he staged it and presented it through all Corsica. Success.
A part of the text is in the Corsican language.

Always in search of themes inspired by his origins, he wrote then a tale-show: A Pignata, then he turned towards the historical portrait in 1989 with Paoli, Boswell, Bonaparte: trois hommes et des revolutions [La Marge edition].

[...] The newspaper le Monde wrote during his resumption in 1990: " a show to discover, in French, English, Italian and Corsican language." Rarity."

[...] On 1990, he staged the Monte-plats by Harold Pinter; it was a turning point in the career of our producer; Francis settled in a cellar of the old town. This "progress", this settling process allowed him to propose intimist shows, several days running.

The public goes back into the habit of going to the theater."

aiqui4.jpg (7442 octets) [...]1992 Festival of Avignon. Francis chose Gran' Testa, although two other companies were born and were working at the same time at the Theatre Point: it was "Locu Theatrale" created by Marianne Nativi and Mario Sepulcre (they performed U Sonniu di Raffaedda, a play in the Corsican language by Rinatu Coti) in Ajaccio, and "Theatre Alibi" created by Franqois Bergoin and Catherine Graziani in Bastia who will perform Mercedes. All three of them have been in Avignon."

[...] Francis keep writing. Numerous texts were published in the Ecole du Jeu. He worked with Helen Edmunson for an adaptation from the Freres Corses [La Marge edition] by Alexandre Dumas.

Meanwhile he staged Petits Arrangements with l'Amour et La Marelle by Israël Horovitz.

The public was won. The choice was good.

It was in that spirit that he staged in 1995 Huis Clos by Jean-Paul Sartre. Between that, yet, he had finished to write the Freres Corses that marked a turning point in the career of the writer-producer. Far from the traditionnal tales and the historical portraits, he plunged himself into the social and political reality of Corsica.

In 1994, the resumption was very awaited. (It was resumed actually in January 1997 in the Studio-Theatre of Stains and through France, then in Corsica again).

With the Freres Corses, Theatre Point and its writer-producer have won acclaim; the Management of the Theater, Territorial Community and the Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs that were not mistaken, gave to the Theatre Point the label of Theater as a foreshadowing and confirmed it as Professionnal Company.

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The latest creation was Les Richesses de l'hiver by Fatima Gallaire. Ajaccio, Paris ( Theatre de Proposition), a tour in France, then Barcelona, Italy...

We have to turn our attention a moment to this main point among the others for this theater from Corsica; for the first time, a theater from the capital city - the Theatre de proposition - justly invited an island theater to express itself [..]

[...]The Theater in Corsica so " has gone again", it is alive, dynamic and only asks to spread in Corsica and on the mainland."

Extracts from L'Avant-Scène Théâtre n° 991 June 1996 :
"Théâtre Point : 10 ans de théâtre en Corse" by Jean-Jacques Colonna d'Istria [La Marge édition]


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