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In the skin of Don Quixote

DonQuichotte VisuelScene200dpi-la cordonnerie

Opening January 2018 at the Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, National Theater.

DECEMBER 1999

For several years now, Michel Alonzo, an ordinary municipal librarian in his fifties, has been in charge of the modernization of the catalogues. For the past few months, he has been focusing on the literature section. He is about to complete his mission: the data entry of all the library’s works into his computer database.

But as the twentieth century draws to a close, Michel is nervous. Everyone is talking about a mysterious force which could completely eradicate his years of work. This evil capable of blowing up nuclear reactors, crashing planes and plunging everyone into darkness, could also attack Michel’s computer. Everyone fears this invisible enemy but no one has ever confronted it: it’s the Millennium Bug.

The Millennium Bug or Y2K Bug is on everyone’s lips, some predicting chaos and hoards of citizens seeking food while others look on in amusement. But if the Millennium Bug can send humanity back into the Middles Ages, could it also transform Michel Alonzo into an errant knight.

Production : La Cordonnerie

In co-production with: Théâtre de la Ville – Paris ; Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil, National center for dramatic arts; Théâtre de St-Quentin-en-Yvelines, National theater ; Théâtre-Sénart, National theater; Théâtre de la Croix Rousse, Lyon; Maison de la Culture de Bourges / National theater; Le Granit, National theater of Belfort; Théâtre de Villefranche-sur-Saône; L’Onde, Vélizy-Villacoublay

La Cordonnerie is subsidized by the Region of Auvergne – Rhône Alpes and the Ministry of Culture and Communication / DRAC Auvergne – Rhône Alpes.

Running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes – Suitable for all audiences over the age of 12.

A cine-performance by Métilde Weyergans and Samuel Hercule (Script, film and stage direction) after the novel by Cervantes.
Original Score by Timothée Jolly and Mathieu Ogier

Performed by: Philippe Vincenot, Samuel Hercule, Métilde Weyergans, Timothée Jolly, Mathieu Ogier
On screen cast: Ava Baya, Jean-Luc Porraz, Anne Ferret, Michel Le Gouis, Nicolas Avinée, Xavier Guelfi, Pierre Germain, Constance Chaperon, Alexis Corso, Grégoire Jeudy…
Assistant directors: Grégoire Jeudy, Damien Noguer
Director of photography: Lucie Baudinaud
Set design: Dethvixay Banthrongsakd
Costume designer: Rémy Le Dudal
Editor: Gwenaël Giard Barberin
Film production manager: Lucas Tothe
Sound design: Adrian’ Bourget  
Lighting design: Soline Marchand 
Machinery: les Artistes Bricoleurs Associés
Assistant director: Pauline Hercule 
Sound manager: Adrian’ Bourget / Eric Rousson
Technical director: Sébastien Dumas
Stage managers: Frédéric Soria / Pierrick Corbaz
Production and Administration: Anaïs Germain and Caroline Chavrier