L'Avant-Scène presents "Une des dernières soirées de Carnaval" by Carlo Goldoni
Directed by Clément Hervieu-Léger
Written by Goldoni as a farewell to his audiences before leaving Venice for Paris, "One of the last nights of Carnival" extols the excitement of life, love, and human relationships. This little-known comedy from the Venetian master is directed by Clément Hervieu-Léger. Don’t expect a spectacular intrigue, but rather, a joyful and provident depiction of life in society. Carlo Goldini’s comedy takes place at a weaver’s in Venice on the last day of Carnival, which coincides with the end of the theatrical season. Zamaria has invited some friends round to play cards, eat, laugh, dance, and talk about love, as well as the question of exile…
Clément Hervieu-Léger, a member of the Comédie Française, stages an elegant show in period costume, taking a close look at the complex relationships governing any society. “Goldoni’s plays are written for troupes”, explains the director. “There are no leading or second roles, but just individuals who are doing their best to live together.” Demonstrating astonishing sociological acuity, "One of the last nights of Carnival" is one of Goldoni’s most audacious plays, as well as one of most liberated and modern.