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The Odéon Theatre - Juliette Binoche


odeon-binoche-1.jpgJust couple of steps from the busy quarter Odéon, hidden in the never calming dynamic life of cinemas, restaurants, coffee places and bars of the Saint-Germain boulevard, is located an architectonic and cultural jewel of geometric simplicity, with harmonic, cosy interior spaces – a theatre, in which got settled in the 18th century the comedians of the king Louis XVI and which on April  9th 1782 was inaugurated by Marie-Antoinette.

Under its arcades were boxes with numbers so that the guests could find easily their carriage and servants. Let’s mention at least some points from the history of the theatre mentioned on the Odeon theatre website:

- March 18th 1799 Odeón is in fire, almost completely destroyed and which took life of two firemen. Restored theatre opens its gates to the public again in June 1808. Napoleon asked the Senate to pay the reparations and the Senate became also the owner of the theatre.

- During World War II the directory of the theatre changed several times, in Augodeon-binoche-2.jpgust 1944 it was closed. The German who settled in the theatre were shooting on the resistance in the street rue de l'Odéon.

- In May 1968 Odéon was occupied by the students. The government recommended not to intervene and solve the situation by negotiations. The result was a one month occupation. The theatre remains damaged and has to be closed for several months of works.

- Works on the theatre “Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe” started in autumn 2002 by removing the asbestos in the main hall and the dome.

- Theatre was officially inaugurated on April 3rd 2006 and open to the public on April 27th 2006.

Exceptionally cold June evenings in Paris in the Odeón theater are filled withodeon-binoche-3.jpg charisma and talent of the actress Juliette Binoche, in the drama of August Strindberg, named „Mademoiselle Julie“. Juliette Binoche in the role of capricious aristocrat who seduces her servant (Nicolas Bouchaud) and so disturbs his relationship with his fiancée (Bénédicte Cerutti).
Existential drama about love, social differences, about the fact that in spite of saying that all people are equal, the reality shows and proves that it is not the case. Neither in love. Drama about the sources of our existence, love, religion, freedom, good and bad, inferiority and superiority.
„Changing the ascensions and falls is one of the biggest pleasures in the life, because we find the luck in their comparison...Life is not a mathematical stupidity, where the big ones eat the small ones, it happens also that the bee kills a lion, or at least brings him to desperacy....I personally see the pleasure of the life in hard and cruel life fights and my joy is in knowledge and discovery.“ August Strindberg
Maria Dopjerova-Danthine, Paristep





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