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A picture of theater criticism

Public meeting

Wednesday, April 8th
5:30 - 8:00

Théâtre de la Ville (Café des Œillets)
2 Place du Châtelet
75004 Paris

Metro: Châtelet (lines 1, 4, 7, 11, 1), Châtelet-les-Halles (RER A, B, D)

Free admission


This event follows the publication of Scènes de la critique, Les mutations de la critique dans les arts de la scène, a book edited by Emmanuel Wallon, published by Actes Sud Papiers, Arles, 2015.


It is good form to denounce frivolous or churlish criticism, besotted with innovation or on the contrary being way behind aesthetics, unable to fill theaters and to recognize real talents. What would creation be without this goad though? Much more difficult than Destouches’s word claims, practising criticism is more and more delicate. In the press, its space shrinks away very fast although it needs to embrace new works with diverse forms and origins. It is not certain that its new fields, on Internet networks or academic seminars, are enough to fulfill its role: thinking theater and related arts, debating stage’s issues.


With Robert Abirached, writer, professor of Theater Studies at the University Paris Ouest Nanterre, former director of the Théâtre et des Spectacles, Alice Carré, critic for Âgon, Fabienne Darge, critic for Le Monde, Marie-José Sirach, critic for L’Humanité, president of the Syndicat de la critique de Théâtre, Musique et Danse Emmanuel Wallon, professor of Political Sociology at the University Paris Ouest Nanterre. A debate led by Antoine de Baecque, critic and professor of Cinema Studies at the École normale supérieure (Ulm).

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The Laboratory of Excellence in Arts and Human Mediations is part of the “Investments for the future” program since 2011. As part of this program, its members conduct research following three main lines: situations, technologies, hybridization.

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