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Duration: 3 hours 20 minutes with 2 intermissions
  • 15 oct 2018, 19:00
Les Hommes Approximatifs
Valence, France / Ho-Chi-Minh-Ville, Vietnam
  1. Premiere – June 1-3, 2017
  3. There is a word in Vietnamese, “Vietkieu”, for a foreign Vietnamese. It is a person of Vietnamese origin who moved to other countries leaving his mother tongue and traditions. SAIGON depicts the stories of those people who moved to France and started their new lives full of dreams. The director highlights the intimate stories of those people, stories which are not familiar to the French. She makes the Vietnamese language heard from the theatre stage which is a tiny restaurant resembling Saigon restaurants in the fifties of XX century as the nowadays Vietnamese restaurants in Paris.
  5. Director Caroline Guiela Nguyen
  6. Text Caroline Guiela Nguyen with the whole artistic team
  7. Artistic collaborator Claire Calvi
  8. Set Design Alice Duchange
  9. Costume Design Benjamin Moreau
  10. Light Design Jérémie Papin
  11. Sound and Music Creation Antoine Richard
  12. Music Composition Teddy Gauliat-Pitois
  13. Dramaturgy and Overtitles Jérémie Scheidler, Manon Worms
  14. Translation Duc Duy Nguyen, Thi Thanh Thu Tô

Cast: Dan Artus, Adeline Guillot, Thi Trúc Ly Huynh, Hoàng Son Lê, Maud Le Grevellec, Phú Hau Nguyen, My Chau Nguyen thi, Pierric Plathier, Thi Thanh Thu Tô, Anh Tran Nghia, Hiep Tran Nghia

  1. In French and Vietnamese languages with Russian subtitles
  3. Production Les Hommes Approximatifs
  4. Executive Producer La Comédie de Valence, CDN Drôme-Ardèche
  5. Coproduction: Odéon, théâtre de l’Europe (Paris, France), MC2: Grenoble, Festival d’Avignon, CDN de Normandie –Rouen, Théâtre national de Strasbourg, Centre dramatique national de Tours – Théâtre Olympia, Comédie de Reims-CDN, Théâtre National de Bretagne – Centre européen théâtral et chorégraphique, Théâtre du Beauvaisis, Scène nationale de l’Oise en prefiguration, Théâtre de La Croix Rousse – Lyon
  1. With the artistic participation from Jeune théâtre national
  3. The text is laureate to the Commission nationale d’aide à la création de textes dramatiques — ARTCENA
  4. The staging of SAIGON was awarded the Georges Lherminier Prize for best production in region by the Union of French Theatre Critics
Les Hommes Approximatifs

The Les Hommes Approximatifs company was created in 2009. It brings together Caroline Guiela Nguyen (artistic director), Alice Duchange (scenographer), Juliette Kramer (manager), Benjamin Moreau (costume designer), Jérémie Papin (lighting design), Mariette Navarro (writer), Antoine Richard (sound designer) and Claire Calvi (artistic collaborator). Since 2009 the company is established in Valence in the Rhône-Alpes region.

Caroline Guiela Nguyen
Caroline Guiela Nguyen

After studying sociology and performing arts, in 2015 Caroline Guiela Nguyen was enrolled to the school of the Théâtre national de Strasbourg to study direction. She founded the company Les Hommes Approximatifs in 2009 with a team of like-minded people. After adapting a few classics, they started working on plays of their own, about missing stories and missing bodies, those you don’t usually see on theatre stages. Since then, they’ve never stopped populating the stage with the world around them.

Photo: Julien Pebrel

  1. With the financial support of Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Conseil départemental de la Drôme, Institut français à Paris
  2. With the kind support of Institut français du Vietnam, Université de Théâtre et de Cinéma de Hô Chi Minh-Ville and of La Chartreuse,Villeneuve lez Avignon – Centre national des écritures du spectacle
  3. The Institut Français is the official Partner of the international tours.