On the telephone of Laurence de Magalhaes, the sound signal of the SMS does not stop resounding, this March 28 in the evening, at the Monfort theater, in Paris. The messages of congratulations follow one another. The press release has not yet been sent, but everyone in the community already knows the results of the races: it is she and her husband – companion of all her adventures – Stéphane Ricordel, currently at the head of the Monfort, who have been chosen by the Ministry of Culture and the City of Paris to take over from Jean-Michel Ribes as director of the Théâtre du Rond-Point, from 1er January 2023.
“It comes at the right time. It’s the right timing for us. The Rond-Point is a great theatre, central, emblematic, says Laurence de Magalhaes with this enthusiastic energy that she never seems to lose. We get on well with Jean-Michel [Ribes]. When we arrived at the Monfort, twelve years ago, it was a bit of a benchmark in Paris. We went to see him, he told us: “If after two years it doesn’t work, leave! Because that means you’re bad.” » She laughs. “After a few months, he called us and said, ‘But you’re quite strong, actually!’ »
Stéphane Ricordel remains silent. Him, with whom she created, in 1993, the company Les Arts Sauts, – she, in management; he, clinging to his trapeze, catching the flyers with his sure hand – is focused on the evening. The Monfort welcomes, this Monday evening, the Ukrainian group DakhaBrakha for a concert whose entire recipe (12,000 euros) will be donated to an aid association for those who are under the bombs. “Today is Ukraine, he said, his face closed. The Roundabout, we’ll talk about it tomorrow…”
Laurence de Magalhaes: “At Monfort, we didn’t lack international artists, we lacked a budget. However, we will not stop working with emerging artists.
Looking at the colorful, young and noisy crowd that occupies the theater, one can say to oneself that there is all the same a big gap between this den of acrobats lost at the gate of Vanves, at the foot of the cities that close a XVand bourgeois district, and the very chic Théâtre du Rond-Point, on the Champs-Elysées. Laurence de Magalhaes smiles: “A theater with a bar, a bookstore and where you can go to dinner afterwards? A place where people arrive very early, leave very late, where it’s a mess, alive, where you spend a long time. It’s a bit like here. For me, that’s theater today. And that, we will continue. »
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