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Les voix du Théâtre du Peuple de Bussang

Abstract : This article tries to draw the vocal portrait of the People’s Theatre – Maurice Pottecher, located at Bussang, in the Vosges, from its foundation in 1895 to 1973. Famous in the history of theatre as one of the first experiments in popular, decentralized theatre, this utopian project from the very beginning tried to appeal to everyone and joined a specific repertoire, which mixed amateur and professional comedians, to the use of a wooden building having the distinctive feature of opening onto nature. In this theatre, the memory of roles has been transmitted orally. Maurice Pottecher’s wife, who made noticed débuts on the Symbolist stage in Paris, exerted a strong influence on the mode of diction adopted in the People’s Theatre, where heterogeneous speeches were heard which mirrored the diversity of the players, socially, culturally and in training. This article thus focuses on the history of diction in French theatre, on the voices of the amateurs and professionals, as well as on the theatres’ acoustics.
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Bénédicte Boisson. Les voix du Théâtre du Peuple de Bussang. Revue Sciences/Lettres, Éditions Rue d'Ulm, 2017, ⟨10.4000/rsl.1181⟩. ⟨hal-02488029⟩

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