The first edition of the Paris Fringe, a festival of international theatre in English, takes place from Monday, May 23 to Sunday, May 29, 2016 in Paris, France.
The festival features both international work and France-based companies with a focus on innovative approaches to theatre, and an emphasis on contemporary themes.
English is the main language for performances and other events related to the festival. Paris Fringe takes place in partnership with Les Feux de la Rampe theatre and surrounding venues in the 9th arrondissement in Paris. Alongside the shows are a variety of workshops, talks and events to provide artists and audiences with opportunities to interact and exchange.
Paris Fringe is organized by a team of international theatre makers based in France, led by artistic directors Dom Douglas and Reka Polonyi.
“Paris Fringe is a theatre festival about bringing people together,” notes Polonyi, “with artists coming from around the world, it is an occasion for a diverse group of local and international writers, directors, performers and choreographers to learn from each other and share new ways of working.”
The concept of Fringe, a globally recognized type of theatre festival, had its beginnings in Edinburgh in the late 1940s. Throughout the twentieth century, the format developed into a carnival of arts and performance before inspiring others around the world.
“There are now fringe festivals in major cities such as New York, Sydney, Amsterdam and Prague,” says Douglas, “but Paris had yet to establish a festival of its own to welcome work in English. We established the Paris Fringe to provide a collaborative space for international and local artists working in English to present their work here in the French capital, and help promote international collaboration and understanding through innovative theatre.”