French Director to Receive 2009 Ibsen Award

    OSLO, May 26 /CNW/ - The second International Ibsen Award goes to French
theatre director and founder of Theatre du Soleil, Ariane Mnouchkine. (Photo: The International Ibsen
Award, established by the Norwegian government in 2007, amounts to 2.5 million
NOK (about 300,000 euro or 500,000 US dollars). The aim of the award is to
honour an individual, organisation or institution within the arts that has
demonstrated extraordinary achievements in the spirit of Ibsen.
    To quote the jury: "Everyone who has seen one of Ariane Mnouchkine's
productions at the Theatre du Soleil in Paris leaves with the feeling of
having been part of a tale of enchantment. A tale that is larger than life but
at the same time reveals life. A fantastic journey that throws fresh light on
history and contemporary society, that enriches thought and feeling and in
dramatic language inspires an apparently paradoxical faith in the future."
    Ariane Mnouchkine was born on 3 March 1939 at Boulogne-sur-Mer. During
her studies at the Sorbonne in Paris she started L'Atelier Theatral des
Etudiants de Paris, which in 1964 became Theatre du Soleil.
    Since 1970, Theatre du Soleil has been based in Cartoucherie near the
Chateau de Vincennes on the outskirts of Paris. With the production 1789,
Mnouchkine established a world-wide reputation as a theatre instructor, having
a major effect not only on the audience but also on the development of Western
theatre. To date, the productions at Cartoucherie, which more recently have
featured works such as Le Dernier Caravanserail (2003-2004) and Les Ephemeres
(2007-2009), have been watched by more than two million people.
    Mnouchkine also directed the film Moliere, which premiered at the Cannes
Film Festival in 1978.
    A workshop held by Mnouchkine in Afghanistan in 2005 led to the
foundation of Theatre Aftab (meaning Theatre du Soleil in Persian) in Kabul.
    To read the jury's statements, go to
( Here you can also download Ariane
Mnouchkine's CV and watch exclusive video footage from Theatre du Soleil in
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    Photography: Ariane Mnouchkine/(c) Michele Laurent

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