Infiniment, Maria Casarès, Gérard Philipe − Une évocation

From 02/08/2022 to 30/04/2023, every Monday and Sunday between 2 pm and 6 pm except on January 1st, Easter Monday, August 15th, November 1st, November 11th and December 25th.


Event in Avignon :

The Maison Jean Vilar presents an exhibition on two major figures of the TNP the Avignon Festival: Gérard Philipe and Maria Casarès.
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She would have been one hundred years old, and he was the same age.
Both of them were the enfants terribles of the stage in the post-war years, children of paradise on the screens of the Liberation, idols of the young generation which had known nothing but deprivation, youth avid for modern times, in love with freedom. Both Maria Casarès and Gérard Philippe were ready for every new experience: Henri Pichette's profane poetry, Camus' modern tragedy, the great adventure of popular theater with the TNP and Jean Vilar.
Maria, the dark-haired green-eyed Galician had experienced exile. Is that why she so often played women who know unrequited love, murderous queens, dark princesses, melancholy?
Gérard Philippe, carefree young man who the good fairies had blessed at birth, was not satisfied with his unearned gifts. Above and beyond the angelic faces he seemed destined to play, he sought out more tormented roles. Wounded princes, cynical lovers, vulnerable men went side by side in his career with the leaping heroes and romantic love leads.
They met each other when still very young, worked together, lost each other, and found each other again. Through their working relationship they wove a friendship, a brotherhood that came to an end with the untimely death of Gérard Philippe. Followed, only just a few weeks later, by the death of Albert Camus.
What hommage can be paid to Maria Casarès and Gérard Philippe, who so many knew well and loved, for themselves and their work, while others hardly know them and still others have not yet heard of them. How can we evoke their artisitic career, their intellectual and political commitments? How can we tell the story of their art, of their magnetic diction, of their gaze, their movements, their insolent beauty?
How can we reveal the eternity of their work to our 'collective soul'?
How can we wake our sleeping beauties?
And how can we thank them…

Two readings to continue the exhibition:

Les Enfants terribles, Maria Casarès and Gérard Philipe
Monday 11 July at 11am- Jardin de Mons de la Maison Jean Vilar
Maria Casarès and Gérard Philipe were born thirteen days apart. They began their career side by side, in the cinema and in theatre. They were considered two of the greatest talents of their generation, embodying youth crying out for creation, in love with freedom.
Born in a tormented era and driven by a devouring passion for theatre, they found themselves together at the service of the troupe and the ideals of the TNP, before the sudden death of Gérard Philipe. Both were born performers, enfants terribles, two partners in acting who grew up together and whose memories remain forever linked.

— Guests and hosts: Charlie Fabert and Anne Duverneuil
— Voices: Matthieu Roy
— Dramaturgy: Johanna Silberstein
— Production: Maison Maria Casarès in coproduction with the Maison Jean Vilar and the Festival d’Avignon

Gérard Philipe - Jean Vilar, Correspondances
Thursday 21July at 11am - Jardin de Mons de la Maison Jean Vilar
In 1951, when Jean Vilar became the head of the TNP, Gérard Philipe, the highly popular post-war screen actor, joined the troupe. Up until 1959, their correspondence stands in mute testimony to their exceptional friendship and relationship filled with admiration. Their constant letters are intimate and fraternal, often very funny and touching, and take us back to the utopia of their work and dreams of theatre as a public service.

— Creation and production: based on the letters between Gérard Philipe and Jean Vilar
— Montage: Anne-Marie Philipe
— Guests and hosts: Anne-Marie Philipe and Stanislas Nordey

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Dates and times

From 02/08/2022 to 30/04/2023, every Monday and Sunday between 2 pm and 6 pm except on January 1st, Easter Monday, August 15th, November 1st, November 11th and December 25th.

Languages spoken

  • French


Full price: 6 €, Reduced price: 3 €.

Free entry for children < 12 years.


Maison Jean Vilar
Maison Jean Vilar - 8 rue de Mons
Montée Paul Puaux
84000 Avignon
Tel : View number 04 90 86 59 64
E-Mail : contact@maisonjeanvilar.org
Website : https://maisonjeanvilar.org


Longitude : 4.8069
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