Everyone to the polls! In this presidential year, Cassandre invites us to an election night unlike any other. In this age of fake and conspiracy, theatre - an art form as old as democracy itself - has a role to play in ensuring that democracy does not become a fiction.
Sébastien Valignat is a talented craftsman of a "documented" theatre that is in touch with our times. He demonstrates, play after play, that humour and thought go hand in hand. Dismantling the ultraliberal discourse of a Margaret Thatcher (T.I.N.A.) or the ultra-repressive methods of the French government in the Tarnac affair (Taïga), he follows the red thread of an anxious but always striking questioning of democracy. In this pivotal year, Cassandre could be counted on to make his contribution to the Republican edifice... starting with the removal of some statues. Athens? The Fifth Republic? Far from ideal if you take the trouble to look at history. At the opposite end of the spectrum from the vengeful tweet that dislocates politics, the Cassandras reintroduce the necessary critical distance by multiplying the sources: original texts, contributions from historians, political scientists, verbatims from actors in public life... Without refraining -on the contrary- from reporting on the echoes of the "real" campaign that will be in full swing when we host this evening. Not a TV set, not a Sunday dinner, not a school hall on a voting day... but all of the above. This is what this event will look like. A salutary exercise in democracy!