Jean-François Peyret

Director & author

Jean-François Peyret is a director, an author, a translator, and a scholar (Sorbonne Nouvelle, Université de Paris III). He ran the Sapajou-Théâtre with Jean Jourdheuil from 1984 to 1994. Together, they created -wrote, translated, directed- fifteen shows from Le rocher la lande la librairie based on writings by Montaigne (Théâtre de la Commune d'Aubervilliers, 1982) to Shakespeare les Sonnets (Théâtre de la Bastille, 1989, MC93-Bobigny 1990), Lucrèce la Nature des choses, (MC93-Bobigny, 1990 and 1991), and Le Loup et les sept Blanche Neige, (MC93-Bobigny, 1993), not forgetting the translation and production of a large number of texts by Heiner Müller: Heiner Müller-De l'Allemagne (Odéon, 1983); Paysage sous surveillance (Bobigny, 1987), La Route des chars (MC93-Bobigny, 1988), and Le cas Müller (Festival d'Avignon, 1991).

In 1994, he created and ran, along with Sophie Loucachevsky, the Théâtre-Feuilleton at the Odeon for which he wrote and directed several shows (based on Kafka; notably Qui moi?)

He founded a new company (tf2 Jean-François Peyret) in 1995 and embarked on the Traité des passions cycle at the MC93-Bobigny (October 1995-spring 2000), completed by an epilogue to the poetry of Auden: Le cri de (la) Méduse-une étude (TNB Rennes, 1995); Traité des passions 1 (Descartes/Racine) (MC93- Bobigny, 1995); Traité des passions 2 (Notes pour une pathétique) (MC93-Bobigny, 1996); Traité des passions 3 ou Des asters pour Charlotte (MC93-Bobigny 1996); Un Faust-Histoire naturelle (Traité des passions 4), text by Jean-François Peyret and Jean-Didier Vincent, (MC93-Bobigny and the Théâtre National de Bretagne, Rennes, 1998); Turing-Machine, (MC93, 1999); Histoire naturelle de l’esprit (suite & fin) (MC93-Bobigny, TNB Rennes, TNT Toulouse, 2000); Projection privée/Théâtre public (sur les poèmes d'Auden) (Théâtre de la Bastille, 2000).

In 2002, he began work on a new project with Alain Prochiantz: le Traité des Formes which has manifested itself in several episodes: La Génisse et le Pythagoricien : Théâtre National de Strasbourg (April-May 2002) et Théâtre de Gennevilliers (November-December 2002), Des Chimères en automne ou l’impromptu de Chaillot (Théâtre National de Chaillot, Fall 2003), Darwinovide (Théâtre National de Chaillot, 2004).

In October 2003, through his residency at IRCAM and collaboration with the JTN, he created the Turing Club intended to develop theoretical and artistic research on relationships between technique (principally new technologies) and live performance in theater.

In 2005, with Le Cas de Sophie K., Jean-François Peyret continued his exploration of the relationship between the artistic imagination and the scientific imagination by joining forces with AI specialist Luc Steels.

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