Photo credit : Elizabeth Carecchio

Théâtre La Bordée

1:15 (without intermission)

All audiences from 8 years old. In French.

Wed 5 June
Thu 6 June
Fri 7 June
Sat 8 June
Interview with the artists on June 5 after the show.
Regular price / $55 taxes and service fee included

By Joël Pommerat (Paris)

Joël Pommerat is one of the greatest French theatre artists. Infused with exceptional sensibility and rare intelligence, his creations astonish spectators of all ages, daring them to dream. His liberal reimagining of children’s literature classic Pinocchio reinstates the darker feel of the original 1883 novel by Carlo Collodi.

Barely out of the tree trunk from which he was sculpted, wooden puppet Pinocchio is already infuriatingly obnoxious. Attracting trouble wherever he goes, he is rapidly thrown into a myriad of adventures and perilous ordeals through which he slowly starts to morph. Thanks to the guidance and kindness of the blue fairy, the patience and unconditional love of his father, and to his own personal efforts and lessons learned, Pinocchio eventually becomes the real boy he dreamt of being.

By juxtaposing the naive imaginary of children with the harshness of “grownups”, Pinocchio plays with the contrasts between the austerity of reality and the artifices of phantasmagoria. Dark but luminous, magical but moral, funny but disturbing, the show embraces the cruelest aspects of human nature as well as its tenderest.

In this bewildering production, everything is ingeniously coherent. Masks, shadows, veils, lighting and poetic effects create an almost cinematic dimension of magical melancholy, once more demonstrating the prodigious genius of Pommerat.

Learn more about the show


With Myriam Assouline, Pierre-Yves Chapalain, Daniel Dubois, Maya Vignando
Artistic collaboration Philippe Carbonneaux
Scenography Eric Soyer
Lights Eric Soyer assisted by Renaud Fouquet
Dolls Fabienne Killy assisted by Laurence Fourmond
Costumes Marie-Hélène Bouvet assisted by Elisabeth Cerqueira
Making of the fairy costume Jean-Michel Angays
Musical compositions Antonin Leymarie
Recorded by Shan Lefrant bassoon and tuba Brice Pichard trumpet Adrien Amey saxophone Gabriel Levasseur accordeon Fidel Fourneyron trombone Scaba Palotai guitar Rémi Sciuto winds and musical saws Mathieu Ha voice
Sound design François et Grégoire Leymarie, Yann Priest
Scenery Atelier de construction du CDN de Caen et Ateliers Berthier.
Accessories Thomas Ramon – Artom
Dressmakeur Elisabeth Cerqueira
Sound management Yann Priest
Lighting management
Jean-Pierre Michel
Stage management
Mohamed Elasri, Bruno Racine
 Paul Argis, Margot Boche
Production Compagnie Louis Brouillard
Coproduction during creation L’Espace Malraux-scène nationale de Chambéry et de la Savoie, Centre Dramatique Régional de Tours, Théâtre de Villefranche / Scène Rhône Alpes / Scène conventionnée, La Ferme de Bel Ebat / Guyancourt, Théâtre Brétigny / Scène conventionnée du Val d’Orge, Le Gallia Théâtre / Scène conventionnée de Saintes, Théâtre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine, Les Salins / Scène nationale de Martigues, Théâtre du Gymnase-Marseille, CNCDC – Châteauvallon, Grenoble / Maison de la Culture Mc2, La scène nationale de Cavaillon, Automne en Normandie, CDN de Normandie – Comédie de Caen
Coproduction for the replay Scène nationale d’Albi – MC93 de Bobigny

Pinocchio was rehearsed at the CNCDC in Châteauvallon and at the Théâtre Brétigny.
Show created in March 2008 at the Odéon – Théâtre de l’Europe.

The Compagnie Louis Brouillard is registered and receives the support of the Ministry of Culture/ DRAC Ile-de-France and the Ile-de-France Region. In 2016, it was awarded the Compagnie à rayonnement national et international label.

Joël Pommerat fait partie de l’association d’artistes de Nanterre-Amandiers. La Compagnie Louis Brouillard est associée à la Coursive / Scène Nationale de La Rochelle et à la Comédie de Genève.


In collaboration with the Théâtre français du Centre national des arts.

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