Je suis ma Langue / I Am My Language/أنا لغتي

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), the French Embassy and the Institut français have collaborated with the French National School of Dramatic Arts in the context of an Emirati-French Cultural Programme with a concentrated Theatre Training, titled TRANCE-FORMS. This performing arts project concluded with four theatrical shows titled ‘I Am My Language’, taking place on 25, 26, 27, and 28 February, 2017, at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. This project seeks to pave the way for the emergence of an experimental and innovative theatrical group in the UAE.

TRANCE-FORMS entailed the training of UAE-based actors and comedians by professionals from the French National Academy of Dramatic Arts, in Abu Dhabi and Paris that ran through November 2016 to January 2017. Following an open-call audition, this master class unraveled in three phases: an intensive training at Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi, followed by training sessions at the French National School of Dramatic Arts in Paris, concluding with the theatrical production of ‘I Am My Language’ at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. Participants were chosen after auditions and a rigorous selection process that took place in October, 2016, where the judging panel comprised French and Emirati theatre experts. The open call resulted in bringing together a combination of actors and performers from different backgrounds and countries, like Kyrgyzstan, Jordan, India, Armenia, Syria, Palestine, USA, Morocco, Canada, Columbia, France and the UAE. Designed to provide a unique opportunity for talent across the country, TRANCE-FORMS aims to profile a novel  generation of theatrical performers in the UAE, through this artistic production.

The research team was inspired by the cosmopolitan multiple talents, and the common youthful energy they observed in the auditions. Correspondingly, the performance will encapsulate the evolution of Abu Dhabi as a city, and the UAE as a country, through portraying the universal concepts of youth, memory and love. This will be achieved through an assembly of dances, music, poems, life stories and recitals from both Arabic and French classical literature.

The multidisciplinary course is directed by Marcel Bozonnet, who entered the Comédie-Française in 1983, and became the director of the French National School of Dramatic Arts from 1993 to 2001. Subsequently, he was appointed Director of the Comédie-Française in 2001, before establishing his own company ‘Les Comédiens-Voyageurs,’ in 2007. Marcel Bozonnet is currently an associate-artist at the National Dramatic Centre (Theatre of the Union in Limoges city) and is part of the Academy’s teaching staff. The performance is also being directed by Caroline Marcadé, who was a soloist member of the Opera of Paris Theatre Research Group, from 1973-1980. In 1979, she formed the Caroline Marcadé troupe, which in 1999 became the Elan Noir-Théâtre Evadé troupe – in which she staged many choreographic creations. Since 1985, she has worked as a choreographer in over 100 theatre and opera shows. In 1993, she designed the “Body and Space” department within the French National School of Dramatic Arts where, along with her students, she creates numerous plays. Today, Caroline Marcadé is a director and professor at the French National School of Dramatic Arts, with several published and staged plays.