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Lasts app. 75’; no intermission.
French with Turkish surtitles.

Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota will be presented with the Honorary Award after the performance in 22 November.


  • Based on texts by Eugène Ionesco
  • Directed by: Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota
  • Assistant Director: Christophe Lemaire
  • Music: Jefferson Lembeye, Walter N’Guyen
  • Set and Lighting Design: Yves Collet
  • Costumes: Fanny Brouste
  • Performers: Charles-Roger Bour, Céline Carrère, Jauris Casanova, Sandra Faure, Stéphane Krähenbühl, Walter N’Guyen, Gérald Maillet
  • Make-up: Catherine Nicolas
  • Assistant Costume Designer: Alix Descieux-Read
  • Second Assistant Director: Julie Peigné


One of the highlights of this year’s festival, Théâtre de la Ville will be in Istanbul to perform Ionesco Suite directed by Emmanuel Demarcy- Mota... In 2012 Demarcy-Mota had joined the festival with his company performing Rhinoceros by Ionesco and earned the audience’s admiration. Théâtre de la Ville pays homage to the great writer who is considered the godfather of the theatre of the absurd with a show meticulously adapted from his plays including Jack, or The Submission, Frenzy for Two, or More, The Bald Soprano, The Lesson and Conversation and French Speech Exercises. The play that was created with the influence of the boundless improvisational freedom of the seven actors brought together by Demarcy-Mota to study these scripts is, in fact, a changing laboratory and a continual reinvention. In this experiment, each actor has found a space to develop their emotions and imagination revolving around Ionesco. Absurd, amusement, astonishment and humour have scattered in a blender, and unified in Ionesco Suite. A boldly staged adaptation of which we haven’t seen the likes before has emerged dealing with: existential angst, the state of being a community, solitude, to speak to but not hear others... in brief, an impressive adaptation that embodies the existential angst expressed by Ionesco through his incisive humour.