American Realness

Jonathan Capdevielle


U.S. Premiere

Co-Presented with Performance Space 122

Friday, January 15, 7:00pm
Saturday, January 16, 8:30pm
Sunday, January 17, 4:00pm

Run Time: 60 minutes
In French with English subtitles.

Abrons Arts Center, Playhouse
466 Grand Street / Tickets $20

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Through formative teenage years spent learning to imitate pop icons like Madonna and singing the greatest hits from the 1980s, Adishatz/Adieu is a self-portrait of performer and ventriloquist; a collection of songs that wander between real life and fantasy. As the work moves between music and conversation, memories of childhood are conjured up alongside a past that continues to inform his shifting identity. On a journey to capture the personas of others, The artist strives to discover the most truthful version of himself. Sung a cappella, Adishatz/Adieu aims to study of the vulnerability of adolescence.

Photo by Alain Monnot

By Jonathan Capdevielle
Lighting Technician: Patrick Riou
Stage Manager: Christophe Le Bris
Sound Manager: Johann Loiseau
Artistic Collaborator: Gisélle Vienne
Artistic Consultant: Mark Tompkins
Audio Assistant: Peter Rehberg Touring
Artistic Assistant: Jonathan Drillet
Administration: Léonor Baudouin and Manon Crochemore

Thanks to Aurélien Richard, Mathieu Grenier, Tibo Javoy and Ya Basta, for the recording and the sound mixing of the chorals on “pitaladyfacegalaxymix”, Jean-Louis Badet, Barbara Watson and Henry Pillsbury.

With the help of DACM and the technical staff of Quartz, Scène Nationale de Brest executive producer and booking Bureau Cassiopée coproduction Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon dans le cadre de ]domaines[ (FR), Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté à Belfort dans le cadre de l’accueilstudio (FR) and BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen (NO).

With the support of Centre national de la Danse (FR) for the studio during rehearsals

Jonathan Capdevielle was born in 1976 in Tarbes, France. He lives in Paris.

He has studied drama in Tarbes from 1993 to 1996, then he entered the Ecole Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette.

He has been involved in several performances such as: Personnage à réactiver, Pierre Joseph (1994), Performance with Claude Wampler (1999), Mickey la Torche by Natacha de Pontcharra, translation Taoufik Jebali, directed by Lotfi Achour, Tunis (2000), Les Parieurs and Blonde Unfuckingbelievable Blond, directed by Marielle Pinsard (2002), Le Golem directed by David Girondin Moab (2004), Le Dispariteur, Le groupe St Augustin, Monsieur Villovitch, Hamlet and Marseille Massacre (atelier de création radiophonique – France Culture), directed by Yves-Noël Genod (2004-2010), Bodies in the cellar, directed by Vincent Thomasset (2013). He performs the role of Nicolas in the film Boys like us directed by Patrick Chiha (2014).
Gisèle Vienne’s collaborator since the beginning, he has been performing in almost all her plays: Jean Genet’s Splendid’s (2000), Showroomdummies (2001 and rewriting 2009) and Stéréotypie (2003), directed by Etienne Bideau – Rey and Gisèle Vienne. And I Apologize (2004), Une belle enfant blonde / A Young, Beautiful Blond Girl (2005), Kindertotenlieder (2007), Jerk, a radioplay (2007,) Jerk (2008), Eternelle Idole (2009), This is how you will disappear (2010) and LAST SPRING: A Prequel (2011), directed by Gisèle Vienne. Gisèle Vienne, Dennis Cooper, Peter Rehberg and Jonathan Capdevielle published, in March 2011 an audio book in 2 versions French and English: “JERK / Through Their Tears”, editions DIS VOIR. In 2015, he plays Jessica / Jonathan in The Ventriloquists Convention. He has toured worldwide and has been participated to many international events.

In September 2006, Jonathan Capdevielle created with Guillaume Marie We are accidents waiting to happen in the Palais de Tokyo. In August 2007, he presented for the first time the performance-show Jonathan Covering during the Festival Tanz im August in Berlin (DE), starting point of his first solo creation Adishatz/Adieu (2009). He has been invited to countless festivals and theaters throughout entire France and the world : le Quartz de Brest (FR), Festival d’Avignon (FR), Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (FR), Danae Festival in Milan (IT), BIT Teatergarasjen in Bergen (NO), L’Usine C. in Montreal (CA), Théâtre Caï – Institut français de Tokyo (JP), Festival Santiago a mil in Santiago de Chile (CL), L’Arsenic in Lausanne (CH), SPRING Performing Arts Festival in Utrecht (NL), Dublin Theater Festival (IE), Bitef Festival in Belgrade (RS), Festival 4+4 days motion in Prague (CZ)…

In April 2010, he is a performer for the radiophonic play of Yves-Noël Genod and Nathalie Quintane, Marseille massacre in the framework of “ateliers de creation radiophonique de France Culture”.
In November 2011, he presented at the Centre National de la Danse in Pantin, Popydog co-created with Marlène Saldana . In August 2012, commissioned by the Far° Festival (performing arts festival), he created Spring Rolle, an in situ project with two performers, Jean-Luc Verna and Marlène Saldana.

In February 2015, he created in Tarbes his new piece, SAGA, a family romance inspired by his own memories. The performance revisits places and conjures up characters and situations that composed the episodes of an intense and colorful past life. The Centre Georges Pompidou hosted the Parisian premiere in March 2015. It has also been shown in Brest, Cergy, Créteil, Lausanne, Lille, Orléans, Poitiers, Tarbes, Toulouse, Bergen, Genève, Marseille, Montpellier, Strasbourg…

After the performance Adishatz/Adieu in Serbia in September 2015, he won Bitef Grand Prix, award of the Belgrade’s prestigious festival.

“With irony, perversion and off-kilter humor…. his mastery of the stage, his body, and his voice is phenomenal. A rare bird, indeed.” — Le Devoir

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