Entertainment from Athens to Dublin, Europe celebrates the hundred years of "Ulysse" by James Joyce with an itinerant festival

13:40  03 october  2022
13:40  03 october  2022 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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James Joyce published "Ulysse" a hundred years ago. A festival pays tribute to him through 18 cities, to celebrate the news of this monument of European literature. He was in Marseille on Saturday October 1st.

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hundred years after the publication of Ulysse by James Joyce, a major work of world literature, a multidisciplinary artistic festival began an odyssey in 18 European cities around the themes of the book of the Irish writer, still relevant today. From Athens to Dublin, via Budapest, San Sebastian (Spain) or Marseille, actors, directors, on stage, writers, photographers, musicians or even specialists in gastronomy, offer creations, performances and debates around Ulysses.

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published in Paris in February 1922, the novel by James Joyce (1882-1941) tells the wanderings of Leopold Bloom, an ordinary Irish whose adventures recall those of the hero of the Odyssey of Homer on his return from Troy, but Dublin.

Joyce, a European figure

The centenary of this work considered as one of the most important in English -speaking literature was celebrated this year with enthusiasm in Ireland. "What interested us was Joyce as a European figure more than Imlandaise," said AFP Liam Browne, one of the artistic curators of Ulysse, a European Odyssey , an artistic project that obtained more than 1, 7 million euros from the European Commission Creative Program for a total budget of three million euros.

"In his imagination, James Joyce interacts with Dublin to write his novels, but in fact his daily life took place in European cities, in connection with other artists", he continues on the fringes of one of the performances of the project in Marseille. Right in his native Ireland where conservative Catholicism dominates, James Joyce lives in Paris, where he meets Valery Larbaud, the poet T.S Eliot, in Trieste (Italy) Zurich where he is buried.

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Performances engaged in society

to celebrate the hundred years of Ulysse, Liam Browne and his partner Sean Doran of Arts Over Borders (Ireland), associated with Dutch producer Claudia Woolgar by Brave New World have therefore imagined soliciting artists In 18 European cities to create performance "engaged in society and social issues".

"We did not just want a celebration of a novel that is 100 years old because we think that Ulysse is still relevant today in view of the subjects addressed in the novel", conservatism, exile, nationalism, place of women .. ., Continues Liam Browne. In Marseille, Saturday, October 1, Irish and British artists Gethan and Myles, associated with the Marseille collective of Theater Ildi! Eldi, thus set up the Wear All Fall / story show on migration and exile, two intimate themes related to Joyce .

In Marseille, exiles actors of the show

The event took place at the Jeanne Barret workshops, installed in an old 19th century warehouse transformed into an artistic pole and reception center of the inhabitants of the Popular district of the droppings in the north of Marseille. Actors, migrants and spectators participated together in a show recalling crossings of the Mediterranean where thousands of men and women try to join Europe fleeing persecution or poverty. Thousands die, others arrive safely and must then write a story to try to obtain asylum ...

arrived in Marseille from Afghanistan, Sudan, Algeria, Guinea or Syria, several exiles who learn French and rebuild their lives in France participated in this creation. "It seemed impossible for us to talk about them without them being actors in this show themselves," said Sophie Cattani, co-founder of Ildi! Eldi. The project continues throughout Europe until June 2024. The Odyssey will end in Ireland, in the South in Dublin, then to the north in Derry where women artists will come from 18 participating European cities.

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