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Hubert Colas

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Hubert Colas is a writer, director and scenographer.

In 1988, he founded Diphtong Cie and staged some of his own texts (Temporairement épuisé, Nomades, La Brûlure, La Croix des oiseaux, Sans faim... published by Actes Sud-Papiers). From his first play Temporairement épuisé, he gained a reputation both as one of his generation’s most seminal writers and as a director of actors.

From 1998, to echo his work as a writer, Hubert Colas has been exploring the texts of Witold Gombrowicz (The Marriage), Christine Angot (Nouvelle Vague and La fin de l’amour), Sarah Kane (Cleansed and 4.48 Psychosis), Martin Crimp (Face to the Wall, Advice to Iraqi Women), Sonia Chiambretto (CHTO Trilogie), Rainald Goetz (Jeff Koons).
In March 2005, Colas translated and directed Shakespeare’s Hamlet at La Criée - Théâtre National de Marseille, a play that was then presented at the 59th Avignon festival. With a constantly novel approach to the texts, Hubert Colas celebrates theatrical writing in all its diversity. However, his main concern is the moment of the performance. The research and rehearsal processes are entirely oriented towards this future exchange: the encounter with the audience. He approaches the stage in a frontal, straightforward manner.

In 2001, Hubert Colas created montévidéo, a creation centre dedicated to contemporary writing, which he is leading jointly with Jean-Marc Montera (musician) in Marseille. At montevideo, he provides a space for today’s writing to fully resonate, and facilitates cross-pollination between art forms. In 2002, Colas founded Actoral, international festival which annually examines the contemporary writings in all artistic fields.
He also takes in 2012 the leadership of the literary magazine IF founded in Marseille by the poets Liliane Giraudon, Jean-Jacques Viton and Henri Deluy.
In 2007 and 2008, Hubert Colas was the Associate Playwright at the Théâtre National de La Colline in Paris where he presented his play Sans faim & Sans faim… (2) in 2008, then Face to the Wall by Martin Crimp. During the season 2009-2010, he was Associate Artist at Le Lieu Unique in Nantes, and he directed in 2009 Le Livre d’Or de Jan, a play he also wrote, at the 63rd festival of Avignon. Then he created 12 Sœurs slovaques, the last part of Sonia Chiambretto’s CHTO Trilogy, at the Théâtre de la Cité internationale in Paris. In 2011, he created Kolik by Rainald Goetz at Centre Pompidou-Metz. In 2012, he created his play Stop ou Tout est bruit pour qui a peur at the Théâtre de Gennevilliers. In 2013, he wrote and created, in collaboration with Jean-Jacques Jauffret, No Signal Help, which he is also the author, with students from the third year of ERAC in La Friche la Belle de Mai. In July, he created Gratte-Ciel by Sonia Chiambretto as part of Festival de Marseille at Villa Méditerranée. In 2014, he created Nécessaire et urgent by Annie Zadek at La Bâtie-Festival de Genève and in 2015, Texte M. at Theaters Garonne and Sorano in Toulouse.

Since 2015, at the invitation of Dominique Bluzet, Hubert Colas takes part in the adventure of «Theatres».
From 26th to 30th April 2016, he created his new play, Une Mouette et autres cas d’eux, a free rewriting of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull by the authors Edith Azam, Liliane Giraudon, Nathalie Quintane and Annie Zadek.
Then, from May 12th to June 4th 2016, he presented to La Colline Necessary and urgent by Annie Zadek, created in 2014. In 2016, Hubert Colas also designed the scenography of the show 2666 by Roberto Bolaño directed by Julien Gosselin for the 70th edition of the Festival d’Avignon.


- Éditions Centre Pompidou - Metz
• Hubert Colas - (2011) published on the occasion of the cycle “Instantané Hubert Colas” at the Centre Pompidou in Metz

- Actes Sud-Papiers
Le Livre d’or de Jan (2011)
sans faim... (2) (2008)
La Brûlure (2006)
sans faim / Texte M / Simon (2004)
La Croix des oiseaux followed by Traces (1996)
La Brûlure in “Brèves d’Auteurs” (1995 et 2006)
Visages (1994)
Terre ou l’épopée sauvage de Guénolé et Matteo (1992)
Nomades (1990)
Temporairement épuisé (1988)

- Revue carnet de voyages, n°3
Je suis du Jour (1996), Textes H. Colas, Images D. Ben Loulou

- Cahiers Du Renard
Le legs invisible in "L’art d’hériter"(1993).
- Les Cahiers de Prospero, published by the Centre National des écritures du spectacle
Bribes abattues in n°8 (July 1996)
C’est ma maison in n°9 (March 1999)

- Publication by Secours populaire, Pocket, collection "Des mots pour la vie"
Déroutes, 1st part / Comment durer (2000)

- Les Rencontres poétiques de Montpellier, librairie Sauramps
Pour la route (2000)
• Revues IF n°29 (27+2) et 3, director of publication (February 2007 and September 2007)

Revue 2, Autumn-Winter 2016
Désordre (2016)

- Texts translated into French Hubert Colas
Dans la jungle des villes by B. Brecht
Hamlet by W. Shakespeare
Avis aux femmes d’Irak by M. Crimp
Tout est bleu by M. Crimp

Translated texts

- Theaterstückverlag
Gesichter (1996) German translation of Visages by C. Frühauf

- Editiones Trilce
Tierra (2003), Spanish translation of Terre by Fernando Gomez Grande
Rostros (2003), Spanish translation of Visages by Gustavo Perdomo

- Ksiegarnia Akademicka
Dosyt (2004) in Anthology of contemporary French theatre writing, Polish translation of Sans faim by Joanna Warsza

- Verlag der Autoren
Die Verbrennung (2006), German translation of La Brûlure by Barbara Engelhardt.

Revue 2, Autumn-Winter 2016
Disorder (2016)

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