Florient Azoulay


FLORIENT AZOULAY has been the dramatist for Niels Arestrup (Les Lettres à un jeune poète), Jacques Weber (Cyrano de Bergerac, Ondine, Seul en scène, Ruy Blas), Arthur Nauzyciel (Faim) and Xavier Gallais, with whom he has adapted Dostoyevsky (Les Nuits blanches), Hamsun (Faim), Faulkner (Lower Yoknapatawpha), Loti (Le Fantôme d’Aziyadé). For the Journées de juin of the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique de Paris, where he is in charge of the dramaturgy class of Xavier Gallais, he also co-wrote with him Chantier Chantecler (after Rostand), L’Orestexcerptsie (after Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides) and A Little too much is not enough for U.S.

Hermès commissioned him to create and stage numerous multidisciplinary works in places such as the Hamburg docks, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices in Geneva, the Messner Moutain Museum in Kronplatz, etc. He also wrote for Hermès Le Songe de Don Quichotte, an equestrian show that he staged at the Grand Palais. On these occasions he collaborated with the Compagnie Retouramont, I could never be a dancer, Mario Luraschi…

He collaborates in the creation of contemporary works: Un deux Un deux by François Bégaudeau, Mauro Patricelli’s documentary operas Dansejæger (Betty Nansen Teatret) and Skattegraveren (Copenhagen Opera House), as well as numerous works by the composer Hélios Azoulay, his twin brother, such as Aaaaaa…aah! a sound catastrophe which opened Marseille Provence 2013 at the Théâtre National de la Criée…

Narrating for the Orchestre de Cannes, the Ensemble de Musique Incidentale, or L’Itinéraire which commissioned him to write the libretto Les Habits neufs after Andersen, Florien explores many aesthetics with contemporary composers (Walter Thompson, Colin Roche, Dmitri Kourliandsky…). He has given many public readings in France and abroad, alone or with other actors (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Marie-Sophie Ferdane, Marie-Christine Barrault, Bernadette Lafont, etc.). He has also worked on several occasions with visual artists (Le B. de G. de N., commissioned by the Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design de Genève).

Florient’s work with musicians is an important part of his creative output. He has developed and directed numerous recitals with performers and composers from all walks of life (Olivier Innocenti, Christelle Séry, Yoan Héreau, Raquel Camarinha…). For the Festival d’Aix en Musique, he directed La Voix humaine by Francis Poulenc. For the Projet Bloom, which he co-directed from 2014 to 2017, he created La Pharmacie des mots et Étude de fesses. Associate artist in 2017 at the Valençay Castle Theatre, he directed numerous artistic projects and in 2018, Peanuts Piano Project was performed at the Palais de Tokyo.

Florient’s books are published by La Libraire Vuibert (La Vie cachée des écrivains), by Belles Lettres (Winnie ille Pu) or La Table Ronde (translations of Mnemonic and Apologie d’un mathématicien by Complicite/Simon McBurney).

He is currently editing a new edition of the complete works of William Shakespeare at Belles Lettres.