Théâtre des Nations



  • A major subsidized theater festival first organizedin 1954 in Paris by the International Theatre Institute,as a summer season of works by foreign companies. A. M. Julien directedthe festival at the Théâtre Sarah Bernhardt (now theThéâtre de la Ville). In 1957 alone, 16 companies performedin nine languages; between 1955 and 1965 companies from 50 countriesappeared. The French actor and director Jean-Louis Barraulttook over its management in 1965; three years later the festival wasdisrupted by the événements of May and June 1968,leading to its suspension (and to Barrault's dismissal from the managementof the Odéon theater). The festival has since beenrevived irregularly in other countries. The organization producesits own journal Théâtre: drame, musique, danse,and also helped to found the International Association of TheatreTechnicians.