Tears of Laughter: Polymorphic humor festival in Épinal

September 20, 2022 by Francoise Fontanelle

Saturday, October 8 at 8:30 p.m., Pasta with garlic, with Bruno Gaccio and Philippe Giancreco.

© Aurore Vinot

The expressions surrounding laughter are as numerous as laughter has facets. Yet what triggers it is up to each individual. Discreet “hihihi”, great outbursts, we don’t necessarily laugh at the same things. But sometimes, at the turn of an absurd dialogue, a burlesque situation, an offbeat reference, the laughter ignites, spreads, becomes mad and collective. This is what has been happening for 38 years in Épinal and it will happen again from September 30 to October 11!

From emotion to hilarity

Alone on stage, burlesque theatre, comedy, clowns and musical shows, the 13 shows on offer cover all types of stage
of intrigue as well as social issues.

Bruno Gaccio (co-author of Les Guignols de l’info, among others) and Philippe Giancreco (screenwriter of the H series), demonstrate this in Pasta with garlic. A moving comedy about friendship and trust where humor triumphs when it comes to the end of life.

Because yes: “humor makes it possible to approach the most serious things, without ready-to-think or bias. Leading us from emotion to emotion and thanks to the shift it operates, it jostles us and allows us to go further in our thinking. Laughing, being touched, this is also the Tears of Laughter”, recalls Isabelle Sartori, director of the festival.

The soloists

Alone-on-stage, Philippe Lelièvre will be good (just like Jean-Jacques Vanier, angry end in Colères, see opposite). But it is a troupe of eight actors in rehearsal who are trying to put together a vaudeville based on a lousy text, which will break out in Plus qu’givré. Characters already crossed in Givré, a good decade ago, but just as crazy.

At the theatre

AFAG Theater gives, Thursday, October 6 at 8:30 p.m. The secret boot of Dom Juan. A show for all audiences, in alexandrines and sword in hand. Leaping actors, and a Dom Juan ready to deal the fatal blow to the famous twelve syllables to blackball academicism, social resignation and relations between men and women. Epic and brilliant!

Music !

Opening on Friday, September 30 at 8:30 p.m., Elastic & Francesca, an “elastic” circus couple, will try to prove that they are great artists. Exploits, visual performances and love will make “El spectacolo!” “.

Fans of incongruous musical shows, mixing quality interpretation, delirium, imagination and acrobatics will be delighted, Wednesday, October 5 at 8:30 p.m., with German musicians Gogol and Max.

Just like with Virtuoses et Cie, another duo of musicians, which it will be possible to see again this year, on 1er October at 8:30 p.m., so enchanted were the public with their poetry and playfulness last year.

Finally, Carmen or almost! according to Georges Bizet, is certainly a parody. However, this version played in more than unusual conditions on Tuesday, October 11 – brilliantly patched up by musicians and lyrical singers who have nothing to do with amateurs – refrains from any false note.

Offbeat conference

But by the way, “What is theatre? “. A conference given by the Théâtre de l’ultime answers all the questions (really all!) that we can still ask ourselves about dramatic art. Desacralization guaranteed, Tuesday, October 4 at 8:30 p.m.

The second degree

Les Larmes du Rire is not a succession of shows, it is also a friendly stage edge at the end of each show and meetings. October 4 with the actors of the Théâtre de l’Ultime, October 7 with the Cie AFAG Théâtre and October 8 before and after Garlic pasta.

Tears of Laughter
From September 30 to October 11
At the Épinal Congress Center
Prices :
Full price 16 €
Reduced rates: job seekers, young people and students between 18 and 25 years old: €11 / 10 to 18 years old: €7.50 / under 10 years old: €5
Group rate (+ than 10 people for the same show): €14/pers.
Les Virtuoses (Saturday 1 October) + Garlic pasta (Saturday 8 October): €20 / reduced price: €13
Subscriptions (excluding shows on October 1 and 8): 4 shows: €56 / 6 shows: €72 / 9 shows: €90
Reservations with the Tourist Office of Épinal and its region – Tel. 03 29 82 53 32
(Possibility of online payment on www.tourisme-epinal.com or by credit card via smartphone).
Ticket office on site for the show of the day, 30 minutes before the curtain rises and within the limit of 580 places available.

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