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Message  Matthieu le Dim 22 Fév 2009 - 20:18

From kitchen table to global stage
Par Dominic Cavendish (Telegraph, 8 mai 2006). Extrait :
There is no shortage of actors, however, willing to sing the praises of the Nick and Dec show, and elaborate on the nature of its long-running success. Over the years, the duo have displayed a formidable aptitude for spotting and nurturing talented young things, while thriving on the freshness they've brought to the Cheek by Jowl enterprise. Daniel Craig, Sally Dexter, Adrian Lester, Matthew Macfadyen, Stephen Mangan, David Morrissey, Saskia Reeves and Michael Sheen are among the more famous alumni.

"He's the closest thing I've had to a mentor," says Spooks star Macfadyen, who got a break in Cheek by Jowl's 1995 revival of The Duchess of Malfi while in his final year at Rada, before getting even greater exposure three years later playing Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing aged just 25. "The most striking thing is that when you enter rehearsals there's seemingly no plan about how to proceed. Both of them are hysterical when they're in a rehearsal room and you have tremendous fun. So many directors have a preconceived idea of what they want, but we played lots of games and the process was as organic as possible."
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Message  Matthieu le Mer 20 Mai 2009 - 21:59

The no-star system (The Times, 21 mai 2007).
Cheek By Jowl puts on top-class theatre with no big names. Yet its methods have launched a host of stars. Lucy Powell asks its director how he unearths talent
Are stars born or made? I’m sitting in a smoky café in Hampstead with the theatre director Declan Donnellan, trying to find out.

For Donnellan – among his other achievements in 26 years of Cheek by Jowl, the company he runs with his partner and designer Nick Ormerod – has discovered more than his share of big names. Michael Sheen, Daniel Craig, Adrian Lester, Matthew Macfadyen and Saskia Reeves are just some of the talents who have graduated from the company’s unofficial school of proper acting. A school in which style is subsumed by substance, and performance is pared down to its essentials, but from which great actors seem to emerge year after year.

“What exactly do you mean?” he replies to my question. Hung over from a drunken night on a coach from Newcastle to London with the Russian cast of his rapturously received production of Three Sisters – “They produced magnums of vodka the likes of which I’ve never seen. It was ridiculously Russian” – he is in no mood for waffle. He apologises if he sounds curt.

Luckily, I had worked out my definitions earlier, in conversation with a Cheek By Jowl graduate, Michael Sheen. Sheen was cast, not long out of RADA, in a Musset/Ghelderode double bill in 1993 that he says effectively launched his acting career. Now playing the Frost half of the Frost/Nixon equation to great acclaim on Broadway, Sheen suggested that a star is “someone who the audience agrees to shut up and watch; someone who can carry an eponymous role; someone able to magnetise an audience”. Precisely. Someone too famous to do their own shopping any more.

But are they born or are they made? Sheen chuckled ominously down the crackling long-distance line: “Have you asked Declan that?” Not yet.

Donnellan, 54, may find the talent, but the show is always the real star for him. His production of Cymbeline, which arrives for a month-long run at the Barbican on Thursday, boasts few names known to those who don’t study the annual graduation lists at RADA. His Three Sisters sold out last week’s Barbican run before it even opened. And it was three hours long, performed in Russian, by the company that the bilingual Donnellan runs in tandem with his English-language productions. No Billie Piper or Daniel Radcliffe to sweeten this theatrical pill. Not even the more sensible classical clout of a Patrick Stewart or a Dame Judi.

So perhaps Donnellan is out to protect the star status of his company with his predominantly starless casting. Do established stars, in fact, disrupt the egoless equilibrium of good ensemble theatre? “Actually,” Donnellan says, “a lot of the Russians in our company are very famous. They generate ginormous stars in Russia, and take their stardom very seriously indeed.

“I have no political problem whatsoever with casting what you mean by a ‘star’ in my work, so long as they are also actors. But because of the exigencies of our touring schedule, most stars in the West would have a problem working with us. Two episodes of Casualty in the offing and Chekhov goes out the window.”

Thea Sharrock handled the biggest “star” currently appearing on an English stage when she took Daniel Radcliffe, better known as the bespectacled Harry Potter, and stripped him for her production of Peter Shaffer’s Equus, playing at the Gielgud. “Let’s start by saying that you don’t have to be a ‘star’ to be a good actor,” she says. “And you don’t have to be a good actor to be a ‘star’.” Agreed.

Sharrock – at 30 the youngest director in the West End – sounds like the most sensible woman in theatre. “Judi Dench is a star. She is also an actor. Madonna is a star. She is not an actor.”

And how does one define their difference? “Within a minute of Judi Dench appearing on stage, you’ve forgotten where else you’ve seen her. She is the character she plays. Madonna remains Madonna. The question all the critics were asking of Equus on press night was which side of the coin Daniel would fall.”

But as to whether stars are born or made, whether Donnellan’s knack for unearthing talent is due to his taste in the audition room or his technique in rehearsals, Sharrock wouldn’t like to say. “Probably there is something innate in a star performer that you can’t teach, a kind of magnetism. But it isn’t quantifiable.”

Michael Sheen – when he stopped chuckling over in New York – was kind enough to suggest why Donnellan is so good at unearthing talent. “Being a ‘star’ on stage asks different things of an actor than on screen. On stage you have to be able to dominate a room full of real, breathing people every night. That takes balls more than anything.

“Can you teach confidence? Not really. But you can unlock it, and Declan does.”

Indeed, but how? Donnellan wrinkles up his nose in distaste at the question, which he eventually brings himself to answer: “Well, I vehemently don’t think stars are born. People say it is this rare, mystical inner quality. I think that’s awfully misleading. We’d quite like it to be the case, because then we could relax. We have to understand our limitations. And training is vital. But I think that stars are made, and we make them as directors by allowing people to be themselves.

“Most of my job is about getting people to relax. To be unafraid. Most acting is about defences, building up barriers in order to protect the actor from the audience. My work is about making people feel safe enough to let those down. So that they can be absolutely present and attentive on stage. Then they become vital and alive and beautiful. Being a star mercifully has no meaning in that context.”

He smiles, worried that this might sounds pious from a man still sweating last night’s Stolichnaya. “But then, that’s not really a secret. Is it?”
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Re: A propos de Declan Donnellan

Message  Luce le Mer 20 Mai 2009 - 22:48

My work is about making people feel safe enough to let those down. So that they can be absolutely present and attentive on stage. Then they become vital and alive and beautiful.
Si vrai, Declan... Very Happy
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Message  Luce le Mar 1 Sep 2009 - 6:54

We can’t get enough of their Cheek
Par Adrian Turpin (The Sunday Times, 14 mai 2006).
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Message  Sylvie V le Mar 1 Sep 2009 - 14:31

Excellent article, Luce! Very Happy J'aime bien la philosophie de Declan Donnellan. Merci!
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Des nouvelles de Declan Donnellan

Message  Luce le Mer 7 Sep 2011 - 19:51

Cheek by Jowl's Tour of 'Tis Pity She's A Whore Will Play Paris, Sydney, London and New York (Playbill.com, 12 août 2011).
It is the company’s latest production of a Jacobean tragedy, following The Duchess of Malfi in 1995 and The Changeling in 2006. Cheek by Jowl’s Russian ensemble are currently touring The Tempest.
On attend aussi la sortie de son film Bel Ami, d'après l’œuvre de Guy de Maupassant. Quelques images ici. Very Happy
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Bande-annonce de 'Bel Ami'

Message  Luce le Jeu 20 Oct 2011 - 20:03

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'Bel Ami' enfin ?

Message  Luce le Dim 6 Nov 2011 - 18:43

Robert Pattinson Movie BEL AMI Acquired by Sony Pictures (AltFilm Guide, 3 novembre 2011).
Sortie prévue fin février 2012.
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Message  Matthieu le Ven 11 Nov 2011 - 10:16

D'après Studio Canal, Bel Ami sortira le 2 mars au Royaume-Uni et le 27 juin en France.
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Message  Luce le Ven 23 Déc 2011 - 19:19

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Message  Luce le Dim 15 Jan 2012 - 11:34

Bloody tale of love, lust and the odd tune (The Sydney Morning herald, 13 janvier 2012).
Theatre company Cheek by Jowl have given a Jacobean classic new life, writes Susan Shineberg.
But it's interesting, too, how similar directing a movie is to directing a play. You're still bottling a life. And maybe that's what we've been trying to do on stage, to get a work that's really alive.
Que du beau monde au Festival de Sydney 2012 !
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Message  Luce le Lun 23 Jan 2012 - 16:44

De nouvelles images de Bel Ami dans cette bande-annonce russe :



Et, hors compétition, une "première mondiale" de Bel Ami est annoncée pendant le Festival de Berlin du 9 au 19 février 2012.

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Message  Luce le Sam 28 Jan 2012 - 22:59

Bel Ami sur le site de Studio Canal. En bas de page, les notes de production sont à télécharger.

Edit :
De belles photographies de production sur le site de Kerry Brown.
D'autres, plus petites, sur la page Bel Ami du site de Cheek-by-Jowl.


Dernière édition par Luce le Sam 23 Fév 2013 - 13:10, édité 1 fois
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Message  Luce le Jeu 9 Fév 2012 - 20:36

Bel Ami est dans la sélection officielle du festival du film de Berlin (source : Studiocanal).

Le film sortira finalement le 9 mars au Royaume-Uni, le 26 avril en Allemagne et, inchangé, le 27 juin en France.
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Message  Matthieu le Sam 18 Fév 2012 - 8:19

Bel Ami: Berlin Film Review (THR, 17 février 2012). Neutral
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Message  Luce le Sam 18 Fév 2012 - 13:45

pale Dommage.
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Bel Ami - High Tea Special Screening

Message  Matthieu le Mer 29 Fév 2012 - 12:20

Bel Ami among friends (WOS, 29 février 2012).
Cheek by Jowl directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod hosted a screening of their new, and indeed first, movie in the Charlotte Street Hotel yesterday afternoon.
There were Jowly nice tea and cakes in the Charlotte Street Hotel beforehand, too, and the room soon filled with the likes of Celia Imrie, Matthew Macfadyen (much bigger and burlier "off" than I expected)
Voir ici.
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Message  Luce le Mer 29 Fév 2012 - 12:36

Very Happy Le club des fidèles. Je les aime !
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Message  Luce le Dim 11 Mar 2012 - 14:21

In on the act: Cheek by Jowl hit the big screen (This is London, 2 mars 2012).
We simply want to do theatre as well as we can.” And film? “We managed it this time, and it worked out reasonably well,” he says pragmatically. “But no one knows when a film is going to happen.”
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Message  Luce le Lun 2 Avr 2012 - 6:36

Sur Eyevine, les Inséparables : Declan Donnellan et Nick Ormerod, vus par Jon Enoch. Very Happy
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Message  Matthieu le Lun 2 Avr 2012 - 10:40

Rappel : sur Eyevine, le lien de recherche n'est valable que pour toi (pour ta session actuelle, grâce à un cookie), pour les autres utilisateurs, il faut refaire la recherche.
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Message  Luce le Lun 2 Avr 2012 - 16:54

Luce a écrit:Sur Eyevine, les Inséparables : Declan Donnellan et Nick Ormerod, vus par Jon Enoch. Very Happy
Effectivement ! Donc pour accéder aux pages indiquées, taper : theatre company cheek by jowl.
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Message  Marina le Lun 2 Avr 2012 - 17:32

Now it works. Very Happy
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Message  Luce le Mer 24 Oct 2012 - 13:18

Play still has power to shock 400 years on (The Bristol Post, 24 octobre 2012)

"I think after doing a film Nick and Declan came back re-energised for the theatre and we're thrilled with this production [ 'Tis Pity She's a Whore], which feels so fresh – it's a very contemporary production of a classic play...

As well as winning a worldwide following for their dramatic, eloquent and often modern-set renditions of classic dramas, Cheek by Jowl is also well known for giving early starts in their careers to the likes of Daniel Craig, Matthew Macfadyen and Michael Sheen...
"I think the vast number of people watch actors on TV screens and don't realise they learned their craft through Cheek by Jowl. They have a knack of spotting talent at a young age and really developing it. This play showcases some really great acting."
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Message  Luce le Sam 26 Jan 2013 - 21:27

Declan Donnellan "monte" Ubu Roi. En français. Cool
Qu’on se rassure : cette nouvelle production de l’Ubu roi d’Alfred Jarry sera bien jouée en français ! Imagine-t-on d’ailleurs le tonitruant « Merdre ! » initial dans la langue de Shakespeare ?

Tiens, justement : Shakespeare. Voilà peut-être le noyau nourricier de cette nouvelle production signée Declan Donnellan et Nick Ormerod, spécialistes incontestés du dramaturge élisabéthain et partenaires privilégiés depuis bientôt quinze ans de la scène nationale des Gémeaux : ne dit-on pas qu’ Ubu roi serait une farce pastiche du Macbeth anglais ? La même intrigue noire, le rire jaune en plus, tout n’est peut-être qu’une question d’équilibre des couleurs. On ne sait rien encore de ce qu’en fera Declan Donnellan, sinon quelques reflets de ce qui n’est encore qu’un monde turbulent dans le secret d’un des plus grands directeurs d’acteurs européens : « Ma et Père Ubu – excessifs, antisociaux, d’un dynamisme foudroyant mais sans autre but que l’accumulation du pouvoir – nous effraient peut-être autant qu’ils nous font rire. Nous rappellent-ils l’égoïsme et la violence de notre propre enfance ? » Autant dire que cette création réserve quelques surprises à nos « oneilles » impatientes. Corne de gidouille !
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