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Guy Freixe, born in Perpignan, discovered the acting profession while he was studying literature. In 1979, he went to Paris to attend Jacques Lecoq's course, then he joined the Théâtre du Soleil directed by Ariane Mnouchkine. He performed Shakespeare's plays (Richard II, Twelfth Night, Henry IV) and Hélène Cixous's L'Histoire terrible mais inachevée de Norodom Sihanouk roi du Cambodge.

 

Guy Freixe left the Théâtre du Soleil to start a career of stage director, abroad first - Norway, Canada - then in France. In 1988 in Paris, he founded the Théâtre du Frêne company which he directed and for which he made stage productions.

 

The Théâtre du Frêne is dependent on the Minister of Culture - DRAC Île-de-France and the General council of Val-de-Marne. For more than 20 years, the company emphasizes the research for a demanding popular kind of theatre, which gives priority to playacting and reinforces theatricality so as to get closer to suggestion than reality. It has mainly to do with literary texts with a poetic dimension, from tale to fable genres; in any case imagination is not put aside. Here are some works as a producer: Synge's The Playboy of the Western World (1989), Wedekind's Spring Awakening (1991), Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale (1993), Federico Garcìa Lorca's The Shoemaker's prodigious Wife (1997), Marivaux's The Triumph of Love (2000), Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa (2003), Molière's Dom Juan (2005), Sergi Belbel's After the Rain (2005), Yukio Mishima's Five Modern No Plays (2006), Hanokh Levin's Krum (2008), Eugene O'Neill's Triptyque (2009), Promesses - Cabaret Hanokh Levin (2011). More than 2,000 performances in France and abroad.

Theatre training is part of Guy Freixe's work. He supervises professional trainings about playacting, especially mask, Italian comedy, Shakespeare's tragedy and Tchekhov theatre - in France and abroad. He was a trainer at the École du Théâtre National de Chaillot, and is now a teacher at the ESNAM in Charleville-Mézières, at the ENSATT in Lyon and at the École de la Comédie in Saint-Étienne. He is a lecturer, licensed to manage researches, for theatre studies at the University of Amiens.

 


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