Vincent Macaigne


In the energetic theatre of Macaigne, choreography, visual arts and dialogue come together to make a particularly powerful, sharp and devastating spectacle. As dramaturge Eric Vautrin writes: ‘the aggression and brutality in his work stems just as much from euphoria as anger, from love as despair, from tenderness as unrelenting rejection. He seeks no solutions, he looks for the vitality.’ In 2006 Macaigne wrote and directed Requiem ou introduction à une journée sans héroisme, another production that was rewritten and re-performed in improved versions a number of times. In 2009 he unveiled the first version of Idiot! – a radical interpretation of the novel The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky, which was reworked into Idiot! parce que nous a urions dû nous aimer in 2014. Macaigne‘s plays have been seen in countries such as Brazil and Chile, among many others. He has also made a name for himself as a film director with Ce que restera de nous (2009) and Dom Juan (2015) – in conjunction with the Comédie-Française. He has appeared as a film actor in Tonnerre (2013) by Guillame Brac, Une histoire américaine (2015) by Armel Hostiou and La Loi de la jungle (2016) by Antoinin Peretjatko among others. In 2011 Macaigne appeared at the Festival D’Avignon with Au moins j’aurai laissé un beau cadavre, a free interpretation of Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Macaigne was a guest at the Holland Festival for the first time in 2012 with Requiem 3 (the third version of this piece).