Samuel Achache, Jeanne Candel, Florent Hubert

Le Crocodile trompeur / Didon et Énée

San Simone

Friday 24 June H 21:30

Saturday 25 June H 19:00

Sunday 26 June H 19:00

Single sector numbered seat €35.00


adapted from Henry Purcell‘s opera and other materials

stage direction

Samuel Achache and Jeanne Candel

music direction

Florent Hubert

collective orchestration

choral direction Jeanne Sicre

set design Lisa Navarro

lighting (creation 2013) Vyara Stefanova

lighting (creation 2021) César Godefroy

costumes Pauline Kieffer

set construction François Gauthier-Lafaye, Didier Raymond, Pierre-Guilhem Costes

by and with Matthieu Bloch, Anne-Emmanuelle Davy, Vladislav Galard Florent Hubert, Clément Janinet, Olivier Laisney Léo-Antonin Lutinier, Thibault Perriard, Jan Peters, Jeanne Sicre Marion Sicre, Lawrence Williams

Based on Purcell’s celebrated opera Dido and Aeneas, and drawing on different inspirations including literature (from Virgil’s Aeneid to Shakespeare’s Sonnets), cinema, documentaries and art, Le Crocodile trompeur / Didon et Enée by Samuel Achache and Jeanne Candel masterfully weaves myth and tragedy, music and theatre into an experimental “contemporary farce” that defies categorsiation.



“The first time I heard Dido’s lament I was at the conservatory, and the memory still sends shivers down my spine,” says Jeanne Candel. “The story is simple, straightforward, with no frills: he arrives, they fall in love, he leaves, she dies. What interests me most of all is working out how to represent the events, by avoiding naturalism and the prosaic “I love you, I hate you”, and finding allegories that tap into the scenes in a more suggestive way.”

In this sprawling musical fresco, madness and whimsy constitute the pulsating beat of this work.



The scenery is liberally inspired by the space between allegory and reality represented in Brueghel’s The Sense of Hearing, while the destructured music enhances the characters’ feelings. “To love, to leave, to devour, to let oneself die”.



Conducted by Florent Hubert, the orchestra is so fully integrated into the theatrical action in which the musicians become actors, and the actors reshape the original libretto and score. On stage, they combine speech with song, French with English, sentimentality and cerebralism with comedy.

production (reprise 2021) la vie brève – Théâtre de l’Aquarium
production (reprise 2013) C.I.C.T. – Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
co-production Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, la vie brève, Comédie de Valence – Centre dramatique national Drôme-Ardèche, MC2: Grenoble, Le Radiant-Bellevue / Caluire-et-Cuire, Théâtre de Caen; Théâtre Forum Meyrin / Genève
with the support of the Théâtre de la Cité Internationale
with support for production and touring from Arcadi Île-de-France, SPEDIDAM, DRAC Île-de-France and Région Île-de-France

performance with Italian surtitles
duration 125 minutes

Theater Programme