Čtyři dny | Four days

Jonathan Capdevielle (France)

Adishatz / Adieu

/ Festival program 2015, Music, Performance
  • Saturday Oct 3 / 19:30, Jatka78
Price: 200 / 100 CZK

He can be man and woman, child and adult.

The multi-talented French performer Jonathan Capdevielle spent his adolescence learning to imitate pop icons and to sing their most famous hits from the 1980s, especially those by Madonna.

Adishatz / Adieu is Capdevielle’s self-portrait, a kind of “auto-fiction” possessing an immense performative force. Although we encounter all kinds of people during the show, Capdevielle introduces us mostly to himself in a captivating manner using ingenious transvestite costumes. In women’s clothing, he can express both elegance and vulgarity, loneliness and sensitivity, attractiveness and sorrow. This performance on the vulnerability of adolescence also receives some of its forcefulness from a male choir from Montpellier’s ECUME University.

Capdevielle’s original project uses both traditional folk music from the Pyrenees and recent pop-cultural fantasies, bringing to life memories of childhood and a past that has helped to define the artist’s identity.


Jonathan Capdevielle – French puppeteer, dancer, singer, and unconventional artist Jonathan Capdevielle has been creating his solo projects since 2006, gaining Europe-wide acclaim primarily in the past five years with Popydog (2011) and Spring Rolle (2012). Adishatz / Adieu is his most daring work yet. Usually a theater actor, Capdevielle played one of the lead roles in the French-Austrian cinematic comedy Boys Like Us (2014). His most recent performance is the equally autobiographical Saga, which had its premiere in February 2015.


In French with Czech and English subtitles
Duration: 70 min.



Conception and performing: Jonathan Capdevielle
Light: Patrick Riou
Stage manager: Christophe Le Bris
Sound manager: Johann Loiseau
Artistic collaboration: Gisèle Vienne
Artistic consultant: Mark Tompkins
Audio assistance: Peter Rehberg
Touring artistic assistant: Jonathan Drillet
Production: Bureau Cassiopée – Anne-Cécile Sibué-Birkeland
Administration and touring: Bureau Cassiopée – Léonor Baudouin and Manon Crochemore

With the participation of ECUME university choral group of Montpellier – Musical direction : Sylvie Golgevit – with Paco Lefort, Jean-Luc Martineau, Pierre-Yves Bruzzone, Olivier Strauss, Benoit Vuillon.
Thanks to: Aurélien Richard, Mathieu Grenier, Jean-Louis Badet, Barbara Watson and Henry Pillsbury.
With the help of DACM and the technical staff of Quartz, Scène Nationale de Brest
Executive producer: Bureau Cassiopée
Coproduction: Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon dans le cadre de ]domaines[ (FR), Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté à Belfort dans le cadre de l’accueil-studio (FR) and BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen (NO).
With the support of Centre national de la Danse (FR) for the studio during rehearsals


In frame of TransARTE programme
Initié par l’Institut français, le programme TransARTE favorise la circulation et la promotion des formes de création nées de l’hybridation des processus et des disciplines artistiques, qui élargissent aujourd’hui les frontières du contemporain.
Conçu comme un label, ce programme innovant a été lancé en 2012 en Europe et en Amérique Latine et se développe désormais avec de nombreux partenaires à travers le monde.