La Compagnie du Hasard was born in 1977 from a man – Nicolas Peskine* – to whom the desire and necessity to be an author, director and troupe leader imposed the idea of a place, a theatre, anchored in a city. This city was Blois. When in 2004, the Company moved to Feings, the adventure continued at the Théâtre du Grand Orme, in a both rural and touristic area.
Since 1977, the Company has developed an original repertoire, half of which consists of Nicolas Peskine’s creations, and the other half of classical texts or contemporary authors crossed on the road. In 1980, La Compagnie du Hasard was welcomed to Holstebro, Denmark, by Eugenio Barba, director of the Odin Teatret. He opened his network of contacts of “poor theatre”, of “poet actor”. During the Jélénia Gora Street Theatre Festivals (Poland) from 1985 to 1988, she met those who would become the travelling companions of the Mir (peace and world in Russian) Caravans of 1989 and 2010. They have brought to life villages of artists which exceed borders and languages to build an ideal world of curiosity and exchanges. These caravans have changed our vision of the world and the way we work.
Two more things mark the path of the Company and give meaning to its artistic line:
– The encounters, from 1981 until his death, with Roger Blin, a fantastic director, discoverer of the theatrical writing of the second half of the 20th century: Beckett, Genet, Adamov… His way of exercising his art is a model for the Company.
– A curiosity never completely satisfied for the African land where the Company had the chance to create two shows: Figaro à l’Africaine in Burkina Faso in 1989, then I Ko Tjokodi in Mali in 2009.
SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE PUBLIC
If creation and its diffusion constitute the heart of the Company’s work, there is one dimension that accompanies it in an almost consubstantial way: that of its diffusion in places where it is not naturally present: small towns and villages in rural areas, urban districts where part of the population don’t have access to Art and those who make it.
A CONTEMPORARY HERITAGE
Since 1977, La Compagnie du Hasard has created dozens of theatre productions; it has sometimes staged great authors of the repertoire, but also many contemporary authors: Nicolas Peskine, of course, and many others. Since 2010, the Company has been very loyal to Bruno Cadillon, who has been its associate author for six years now. He wrote for her: the Denis Papin mystery, L’Adorée, la Cave, Le Passage des Anges, Le dernier songe de Shakespeare and Juin 40.
2019 will be the occasion for a new trans-European adventure: Mauerspringer and the creation of Off the wall by Bruno Cadillon and Gilbert Epron.
*Nicolas Peskine died in 2001. Danièle Marty has since taken over the management of La Compagnie du Hasard.