Like all old ladies, the Comédie-Française has its charming habits and unchanging rituals. Each year, she has an appointment with a lifelong friend and commemorates, on January 15, the date of the baptism of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in the parish of Saint-Eustache in 1622. Despite the dramatic circumstances surrounding this 399e anniversary, there is no question for the actors of the French to derogate from the rule in force since 1821.
The tribute will not be paid, as usual, at the end of a performance, but live on the Internet, from the Richelieu room, empty of public. According to tradition, the members of the troop will come in full, in order of precedence, to recite a reply from Molière. This parade, filmed by Clément Gaubert and broadcast on the site of the Comédie-Française, will also be the occasion, as usual, to present the artists promoted during the year: the new resident Géraldine Martineau and the new member Dominique Blanc.
A recording of Dom Juan
The evening continues with a double tribute, always via the website and social networks, to Molière, of course, but also to the director Jean-Pierre Vincent, who died last November. The site broadcasts a recording of Dom Juan or the Feast of Stones, which the former administrator had created in 2012 with Alain Lenglet, Julie Sicard, Loïc Corbery, Serge Bagdassarian, Clément Hervieu-Léger, Pierre Louis-Calixte, Suliane Brahim, Jérémy Lopez, Jennifer Decker, as well as student-actors from the Theater -French.
On January 16, the troupe will be reunited for the “first five minutes”, where each of the fifty-seven actors will entrust to the camera the memory of a moment of theater which marked their career as an artist.