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Méliès! Cabaret Magique

Anne Quesemand et Laurent Berman, storytellers,

Laurent Grynszpan & Betsy Schlesinger, piano four hands,

Sylvain Solustri, magic


Texts and stage direction by Anne Quesemand

Original music by Laurent Grynszpan

Did you know that Georges Méliès, was a magician before becoming the cinematographic genius of the late 19th century? This son of a shoe manufacturer discovered magic in London and directed his own shows, until the magic of his "illusions" led him to buy a camera. Turned producer, director, designer, actor, stagehand, he produced nearly 600 films that are small wonders of humor and poetry. With the help of Serge Bromberg, Anne Quesemand and Laurent Berman recreate a cabaret in the form of a magic lantern. While the audience discovers treasures of short films based on the illusion of theater, carnival or the science fiction of Jules Verne, pianists Laurent Grynszpan and Betsy Schlesinger magnify this burlesque fantasy at the keyboard,


... a magician in the flesh, gets involved too, with hats, canes or an umbrella, to make us believe that life is a dream or that our lives can go up in smoke! It's fresh, inventive, surreal, rich and incredibly tender. For all ages to enjoy.

Hélène Kuttner


Restauration - Lobster Films

The complete works of Méliès are available on DVD by clicking here

Authorisation and support courtesy of Lobster FIlms and friendship
of Madeleine Malthète-Méliès


For more information  Théâtre de la Vieille Grille


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