A “Petit soleil”, a little sun, is how Ariane Mnouchine descries Joël Pommerat, with whom she found the idea for a collective work. His Cinderella is a young woman full of guilt: the dark side of a story we thought we knew by heart.

Piccolo Teatro Strehler

Once upon a time there was a writer/director who didn’t tell tales, neither to children nor to adults wrote “Le Monde” about Cendrillon, a version (re)written and directed by Joël Pommerat of the fable for which we owe Perrault and the Brothers Grimm. The director illuminates, not only metaphorically considering the predominant role of light in the play, the darker aspects of a story which we believed to know by heart. It tells of the depth of the bond between pain and guilt, how fragile and impressionable the minds of children are, and how much suffering is necessary in order to obtain maturity, happiness and love.


Joël Pommerat, born in 1963, said of himself “I do not write words, I write spectacles… theatre is to be seen and heard and I work with everything, with voices, gestures, sounds, images”. Ariane Mnouchkine defined him alittle sun, recognising in him a felicitous germination of the philosophy and art of the Théâtre du Soleil. In 1990 she founded her company, which in 2006 was invited to the Festival d’Avignon, where she staged four shows. She was then resident artist at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, called by Peter Brook. She is currently associated artist at the Odéon Théâtre de l’Europe of Paris and the Théâtre National of Brussels. In 2015 she will open the Festival d’Avignon.


Duration: One hour and 40 minutes without intervals

The Playbill

Piccolo Teatro Strehler
from 20 to 26 April 2015
Cendrillon (Cinderella)
written and directed by Joël Pommerat
sets and lighting Eric Soyer
lighting assistant Gwendal Malard
costumes Isabelle Deffin
sound François Leymarie
video Renaud Rubiano
original music Antonin Leymarie
with Alfredo Cañavate, Noémie Carcaud, Caroline Donnelly, Catherine Mestoussis, Deborah Rouach, Marcella Carrara
and with Nicolas Nore, Julien Desmet
a Théâtre National / Bruxelles production, in coproduction with La Monnaie/ De Munt
in collaboration with Compagnie Louis Brouillard

Show in French with Italian subtitles

Save indications to the contrary, the times of the show at the Piccolo are as follows: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 7.30 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday 8.30 p.m.; Sunday 4.00 p.m.