12:15 a.m., April 25, 2022
We feel the effervescence of the few minutes before the shows at the Théâtre de Trévise, in Paris. Like every Sunday, the International Festival of Free and Disordered Artistic Expression, or Fieald, takes up residence for an open stage evening. But this April 24, news requires, the show starts earlier. Indeed, the theater, which saw Dany Boon, Pablo Mira and Baptiste Lecaplain debut, is organizing a special election evening to share the results of the second round of the presidential election live with the public and the artists. This is the second time in its history that the open stage has been played on election night.
The first time was in 1995 when Jacques Chirac won against Lionel Jospin. Thierry Manciet, director of Fieald, remembers this evening, when the portrait of the leader of the RPR, “rather pixelated”appeared on the screen. “50% of the room had won, the other had lost”he jokes, remembering the reactions of the time, and claiming the non-politicization of this space “free and messy”. For this 1,186th Sunday evening, the screen is once again ready for the countdown. And the candidates for the evening stage are selected, at random and by a show of hands, one hour before the start of the show, in the tradition of the oldest open stage in Paris.
Neat playlist and political jokes
Outside, the public responded. The profiles are diverse: families, friends, couples, of all ages, Parisians or just passing through. “We wondered what we could do tonight to avoid the election”, jokes Vincent, who is coming for the second time. As for the campaign that is ending, “Has there been one? », he quips. Same feeling for Aurélia, who found no candidate who really liked her. “I voted in the first round and it was important to vote for this second round to avoid the worst.she says. But we weren’t really on a debate of ideas in this campaign, rather on a fight between personalities. » If she did not come especially to experience this election night, she is delighted with the programming. “It’s a great way to find out the results. »
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A few minutes from the opening of the doors of the theater, the discussions revolve around politics, of course. Some are disappointed with the evening duel, others stressed by the suspense. The Fieald volunteers say they have prepared for any situation, including the victory of Marine Le Pen. “And there, we have to re-enchant a badly started evening”, imagine one of the musicians of the live group that animates the evening. The playlist has been carefully prepared. We find there: the Fatals Picards with And then shit I vote for the right, Bella Ciao and Florent Brunel, strangers. The bell rings, the spectators take their places and the show can begin. There is less than an hour before the verdict and the tone is already set. The team of animators, disguised as beavers, invites to block and suggests to the last arrivals still standing in the room to stand on the left, “because there are many, many places”.
Luc Sonzogni, one of the founders of the Fieald in 1991, shares his emotion to see that the room of 270 people is still filling up. “Despite the changing times, the sets that are opening up all over Paris, it’s a miracle that we’re still here.”
On stage the passages follow one another. The evening talents have 5 minutes for their performance, under penalty of being cut off by a jingle ” I am asking you to stop by Edouard Balladur. The Grand Showtime trio improvises a debate around the term “replicate”, the definition of which should be recalled to part of the room. Then the animators improvise a parody “Shopping Moths”inspired by the M6 broadcast, around the theme “Seduce the French for a new five-year term”. A Marine Le Pen dressed in a chapka, a yellow vest and carrying her cat opposes an Emmanuel Macron in a sleeveless jacket, having deleted “Right and Left”. Then comes Abstention in a white suit, the big winner.
Eight o’clock is approaching and its count, commented on by the guest of the evening, comedian David Azencot. Emmanuel Macron’s face appears on the screen, under a few discreet cries or comments of relief. Three minutes later, the jokes and passages resume again. And the news is never far away. A member of the Goguettes in a trio, but four, named after these parodies of songs with an often political tone, performs a song composed during the first confinement to the tune of Vesoul, by Jacques Brel. “You wanted to see Macron, and we saw Macron…”. Laughter bursts into the room, like a Sunday at the Fieald.