Ariane Mnouchkine in conversation with Katie Mitchell

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This event is part of the Kyoto Prize at Oxford 2021 and supported by TORCH as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme


Wednesday 12th May 2021 7.30-9.00pm

Join us live in conversation with founder and director of the Théâtre du Soleil, Ariane Mnouchkine, and theatre director Katie Mitchell. In advance of the event, please take a look at the resources below, generously provided by the Théâtre du Soleil, including limited time access to a number of Théâtre du Soleil films.


This live event will be chaired by Professor Wes Williams, Director of TORCH, Professor of French Literature at the University of Oxford, and also a Fellow in Modern Languages at St Edmund Hall.

Find out more about Ariane Mnouchkine's groundbreaking work:


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Ariane Mnouchkine, the founder and director of the Théâtre du Soleil, has been continuously producing masterpieces with historical and political themes over many decades. Referring to traditional performances of both the East and the West, she is a theatre pioneer whose unique theatrical organisation eschews hierarchical order.


Image courtesy of the Inamori Foundation.


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Katie Mitchell is a British theatre director whose unique style and uncompromising methods have divided both critics and audiences. Though sometimes causing controversy, her productions have been innovative and groundbreaking, and have established her as one of the UK’s leading names in contemporary performance.






L’île d’or / Kanemu-jima

Collectively created by Theatre du Soleil, together with Hélène Cixous, directed by Ariane Mnouchkine 

Music: Jean-Jacques Lemêtre

Read text from upcoming Théâtre du Soleil show, Vite une île!, below:

Read in French

Read in English



Théâtre du Soleil Resources


Special access to Théâtre du Soleil films for ten days (from 28th April) on the Soleil Vimeo channel

View image gallery from Théâtre du Soleil plays and movies here.

Watch & subscribe to Théâtre du Soleil  Viméo Channel here.

View Théâtre du Soleil audio archives (interviews, music of Jean-Jacques Lemêtre) here.


Other events as part of the Kyoto Prize at Oxford 2021 programme:



Tuesday 11 May 2021, 12pm (Registration required)

Kyoto Prize at Oxford 2021: In Conversation with the Kyoto Prize Laureates


Tuesday 11 May 2021, 5pm - 6.45pm (Registration required)

Kyoto Prize at Oxford 2021: Ariane Mnouchkine - A Life in Theatre


Visit the Kyoto Prize at Oxford 2021 website for further information.