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Théatre de l'Odéon

Author: Margarita Zieda0 COMMENTS

Théatre de l'Odéon

Based in the Latin Quarter of Paris, Odéon is more than just a playhouse: Odéon is the symbol of the subversive French theatre. Odéon is a myth. It is here that Beaumarchais' Le Mariage de Figaro was first performed; it was here that the focal point of the 1968 student unrest was located. It was this playhouse, the first and only one in Paris, that transformed itself into a European theatre when the great Italian director Giorgio Strehler took the helm in 1983. The mission of an open and contemporary European theatre is carried on and developed by the current leader of Odéon, the director and playwright Olivier Py, inviting the world's most interesting and strongest directors to work at his theatre.
The Neo-Classicist image of Odéon also determined the features of Place de l'Odéon, the square built in 1779 by surrounding the theatre with rows of uniform façades. Nothing has changed since the 18th century: the square has never been rebuilt. It is also home to Café Voltaire, the favourite haunting place of the French poets Mallarmé and Verlaine.

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Place de l'Odéon

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