Joël Pommerat

Joël Pommerat founded the Louis Brouillard Company in 1990 while creating his first play: Le Chemin de Dakar. This was followed by several productions, among which Le théâtre (1991), 25 années de littérature de Léon Talkoï (1993), Des suées (1994), Les Evénements (1994). In 1995, he created Pôles, the first text which he considered to be artistically complete and which was published by the book house, Actes Sud-Papiers. In 1997, he was commissioned by France Culture to write a radio play, called Les enfants. He also co-directed Les Evénements, another play intented for the radio. Until 2000, Joël Pommerat focused on film research before making a definitive return to the theatre. At the Paris-Villette Theatre, he put on two “recreations”, Pôles and Treize étroites têtes, as well as the production, Mon Ami. He created Grâce à mes yeux (2002), Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait (2003), Le Petit Chaperon Rouge (January 2004), his first play intended for children, and D’une seule main (February 2005). The company became at the National Theatre of Chambéry and Savoie. In January 2006, he created Les Marchands and in April 2006, Cet enfant. Au monde, Les Marchands and Le Petit Chaperon rouge were restaged at the Avignon Festival of 2006.

In 2007, the year when Je tremble (1) was produced, the company began a residence at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord and staged Cet enfant in Russian at the Praktika Theatre in Moscow. In March 2008, Joël Pommerat produced Pinocchio and, a few months later, he produced Je tremble (2) at the Avignon Festival. He also restaged Je tremble (1). In January 2010, he produced Cercles/Fictions.

In September 2010, Joël Pommerat began a three-year partnership with the Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe and a five-year partnership with the National Theatre in Brussels. In October 2010, Joël Pommerat produced Pinocchio in Russian in Moscow. He then wrote the libretto for the opera Thanks to my Eyes, based on his play of the same name (music by Oscar Bianchi), for the Festival d’Aix in July 2011. In October 2011, he produced Cendrillon at the Brussels National Theatre. In December 2011, he produced La Grande et Fabuleuse Histoire du Commerce at the Comédie de Béthune (National Drama Centre) in the Nord-Pas de Calais.

All of the artist’s texts are published by Actes Sud-Papiers.

Joël Pommerat wrote and directed La Réunification des deux Corées.
Production Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe, Teatro Stabile di Napoli, Théâtre National/Bruxelles.