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Printemps des comédiens

The Printemps des comédiens festival is an association whose president is the playwright Jean-Claude Carrière. It was created at the initiative of the General Council of Hérault in 1987. Its director is Jean Varela. Each year in June, in the fields of theatre and live performance, the festival offers between 20 and 25 shows and draws more than 40,000 paying spectators.

Crédit Photographique Marie Clauzade – Printemps des Comédiens 2018 Amphithéâtre d’O

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the partnership with IRCL

In 2015, Printemps des comédiens signed a research partnership agreement with the Institute for Research on the Renaissance, the Neo-Classical Age, and the Enlightenment (IRCL), a joint research unit (UMR 5186) of the CNRS and the University of Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, a cultural university specialising in Arts, Letters, Languages, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

As a festival of ‘popular theatre’, Printemps des Comédiens draws on the traditions inherited from Shakespeare and Molière: traditions that are also at the heart of several scientific programmes at IRCL, which specialises in the study of literature, civilisation, and the history of ideas of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries in Europe, particularly in France and Great Britain. It is through this prism that IRCL is working on the construction of a cultural memory of Printemps des comédiens and the modalities of its transmission, in collaboration with the festival team, its privileged institutional partners (the General Council of Hérault, the Pierrevives Department of Archives), and the spectator-festivalgoers.

Through this meeting between Printemps des comédiens, a festival of creation, and IRCL, both artistic and scientific research is conducted in tandem, and it creates possibilities beyond imagination that may serve to develop and bring to life a precious cultural heritage at local, national, and international levels.