The Making of Moliere in Africa

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Directors: Joelle Chesselet & Lloyd Ross

The day Sylvaine Strike auditioned actors for Moliere’s Tartuffe, Donald trump won the American elections – an auspicious confirmation of the relevance of themes she highlights through the play: Masks, manipulation by symbols of power, hypocrisy and the corruption of the human heart. The film chronicles Sylvaine’s direction of a cast of nine and their honing of the work over time. Her training in Lecoq’s physical theatre informs her method and challenges the actors to extend their limits. On the opening night at the Soweto Theatre this intense collaboration of cast and director assure us that human nature does not change and that Tartuffe, written 4 centuries ago in France is even more relevant now than then.

A film by Joëlle Chesselet and Lloyd Ross, supported by the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS).

The filmmakers, the director, Sylvaine Strike, and some cast members will be at the screening of the film.



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