Myth and Theatre Festival 




Oracular Voice - Blind Seer - Transsexual

Note : the festival is now FULL

Festival DEFINITIONS & HISTORY since 1986
latest update: 25 May, 2017

June 17 to July 2    2017

Note : the festival is now FULL



Château de Malérargues
Roy Hart  International Artistic Centre
Photos of Château de Malérargues

The Myth and Theatre Festival offers a rare context that brings together theatre practices (workshops, master classes and performances) with "the dance of ideas" and the spirits of mythology.

The 2017 festival changes dates (June instead of July) and formula: two intense weeks (to which you can register separatedly), preceded by the possibility of residencies (in May and June ) for study and performance research.

The days' planning is structured around workshop sessions led by Enrique Pardo and by Linda Wise - with guest artists who will teach classes especially on voice.

Evenings will be dedicated to performances, lectures and debates related to the practical work (voice performance and choreographic theater) and to the theme of the festival. See below. A detailed program will be published in the coming months.

The Festival is part of Pantheatre's training program which includes the possibility of obtaining the Roy Hart voice teacher diploma. It is also an ideal setting for acquiring teaching and performance practice.

The theme of the 2017 festival will be


Oracular Voice - Blind Seer - Transsexual


Tiresias is a strange character: a soothsayer feared for his revelations and often felt as bringer of ill omens. It certainly was the case for Oedipus who was forced to consult him to finally learn the terrible reasons for the miasma of his destiny.

Our main reasons for choosing Tiresias for the 2017 Myth and Theatre Festival can be summed up in three main points. Others will certainly come up.

  • Oracular Voice. The importance of oracular models, and mantics in general. If "the voice is always a dream": how to interpret it? How does choreographic theater and a theater of images ‘speak’ to us? What is its voice in terms of narration and dramaturgy? What is a mytho-poetic theater?
  • Blind Seer. To be on stage is to be inside the image, inside the dream, and therefore somehow to be a "blind seer". Performance work is to cultivate the instinct of image, to understand one’s place in the image and to take position. This means to develop the poetic animal, the visionary performer.
  • Transsexual. The last conversations during the 2016 festival on Eros and Psyche often turned to gender issues and to the theatre of sexuality. Tiresias changed sex more than once in a very long life (the myth speaks of three hundred years!) He/she must be consulted!
Direction : Enrique Pardo and Linda Wise

In collaboration with

Roy Hart International Artistic Centre
La Mairie de Lasalle  /  La Galerie du Petit Temple
Club del Pescado
Univ. of Central Lancashire UK - School of Flim, Media & Performance. Dr. Amy Rome

Membres of the Paris Choreographic Theatre Laboratory
Le Club del Pescado

Teachers, artists and invited lecturers  TBC
Anna Griève, Kaya Anderson, Amy Rome, Randy Fertel, Pierre-François Blanchard, Daniela Molina, Paola Daniele, Bibiana Monje, Marta Belmonte.


The Festival is part of the Pantheatre training program which includes the possibility of obtaining the diploma of Roy Hart voice teacher . It is also an ideal setting for gaining experience in teaching and performance.



ARCHIVES 2016 Festival
PLANNING with workshops


A Workshop-Festival

15 days with 5 half-days rest. 7 hours workshops per day, plus evening lectures and performances.
Possibility of partial participation



full registration : arrivals Saturday June 17,  departures Monday July 3

9:30 - 10:15
Cours de mouvement : Véronique Taconet, Daniela Molina et autres professeurs invités.
10:30 - 13:00
Enrique Pardo - laboratory sessions
14h30 - 17:30
Linda Wise - master classes and small group coaching
lectures, debates, performances

Enrique Pardo   :   Choreographic Theatre

Mornings : laboratory sessions with the contribution of different teachers and invited musicians.

Linda Wise   :   Voice Performance

Afteroons : Voice work in two periods : work all together, division in two or three groups with different teachers for individual work.

Working TEXTS

  1. Participants are asked to chose and bring a text of minimum 200 words learnt by heart.
  2. The work starts with the fantasies and realities of this choice - the text you chose is in many ways your working artistic contract, the challenge you give yourself and bring to the work.
  3. The choice of text is free: it does not have to be a theatre text. Best in English or French for general comprehension (but also Spanish and Italian.) Avoid texts that are too poetically condensed or linguistically complex. We encourage contemporary texts.
  4. Finally: The better one knows one's text 'by heart', the freer one is... to free the text, to let it play.

Check for advice.

Advice on using the workshop sessions towards performance devising:

  • most important: make a carefull choice of a working text. See opposite column.
  • make sure you VIDEO all your working (and feedback) moments. Think of it as archive homework. Even do some study during the festival (time will be short.) Technically: film with iPhones, iPads, mobiles, or bring your camera. Pantheatre's camera will be available: SonyHiD handycam, with tripod. Advice: bring your own memory card. Best if you can download it on your computer to see it on proper screen.
  • bring any elements you might want to try: costume especially, musical instruments, scenographic objects, make-up, etc. Animals welcome (consult us).

Special Outing to Montpellier Dance Festival   Thursday 29 of June

Marlene Monteiro Freitas

Bacantes – Prelúdio para uma Purga

"Maybe my favorite dancer-performance artist at the moment." Enrique   --   check BLOG article N'importe quoi!   or  program notes

Pantheatre has reserved 30 places. 15 expensive ones (orchestra, front, 28€), and 15 cheaper ones (balcony side 15€). Add the afternoon / evening bus drive to Montpellier = price 20€ depending on bus and numbers.

Book your place with Joëlle and Pauline in charge - you can pay us on arrival. If all our places are booked you can buy at same reduced rate directly by saying it is part of Enrique Pardo / Pantheatre group. Check Festival Montpellier Danse (Bus is big = 50 places)


Registration to this festival event is done directly with PANTHEATRE (and not through the Roy Hart Centre's site format.)
NOTE : the festival is FULL. Write to us if you feel we should make an exception for you & tell us why!


     800€ professional workshops students
     650€ activ members and under-26

Partial participation. Consult us.

Registration : Email to PANTHEATRE. Include a brief CV and a letter of motivation if you have not worked with Pantheatre.

Confirmation - Deposit : if your request is accepted, your place will be reserved. It will be confirmed on reception of a deposit of 200€ to “Pantheatre".

Deposits can be returned up to May 15 2017 with a 50€ administration costs deduction..

Payment - see:

Lodging - The Roy Hart Centre has lodging for 20 persons. FULL

Contact-us for other possibilities, including shared rentals. Or shared travel.

Check the Camping Filament (20 minutes walk). Note: the camping used to called La Pommeraie and has just been bought (big local opposition) by a franchise chain. The website image is dreadfull. We checked at it is fine, especially bunaglows in calm green areas, and very convenient, with a swimming pool - and is not at all full before July 15 full season.

If you check AirBnB or similar, ask for : Thoiras area, or nearby Lasalle - post codes 30140 30460.

Travel - Via Nîmes, Montpellier or Marseille OR Barcelona, 3h30 to Nîmes!

Best access is from Nimes station : bus to Thoiras Gare (where we will come fetch you, 10 minutes by car). Arrivals on Saturday June 17  confirmed two buses : 08h45 arrival 09h58 or 17h30 arrival 18h53

Buses to Nîmes on Monday July 3 : 07:30, 08:33, 13:13, 16:18, 18h19 (arrival 90 minutes later)


and information on the Roy Hart Centre site

Teachers / Lecturers / Guest Artist


Enrique Pardo Director, focusing this year on theatre and divination, a take that ranges from pre-socratic shamanism to neoplatonism to contemporary re-assesments of ecology and of magic (including Cubism - as in Cuba).
Linda Wise Artistic co-director, actress, voice and singing teacher, very drawn to Brasil for its music and singers... "mainly because of Africa" (she was born in Kenya).
Paris Laboratory Enrique's 2016/2017 Paris Laboratory included two strong references: the role of the Background Vocalists (voices that know better), and texts by Giulia Sissa from her book on Jealousy.
Anna Griève Writer, has lectured with Pantheatre on fairy tales, and performed in The Twelve Brothers by the Bothers Grimm. This year she will present and analyse the story of Melusine.
Amy Rome Professor at Central Lancashire University, singer, PhD and Pantheatre collaborator, with a background spanning from rock and Atlantic City to Heidegger and phenomenology.
Randy Fertel New Orleans writer and essayist, author of A taste for Chaos : The Art of Literary Improvisation. Lectured on Hermes at the 2016 festival. Since, Trump was elected: Dark Hermes.
Pierre-François Blanchard Pianist, composer, performer. Travelling musician with Raphaël Humbert, and fortunate to have been the accompanist of the great, and recently departed, Pierre Barouh.
Daniela Molina Actress, movement and voice teacher, Parisian from Chile. She will present a sybillic recomposition of her two performances with Pantheatre - and an awesome oracle.
Michaëlla Gallozzi Actress and clown teacher - working on a performance including Count Dracula and his pagan library. Member of the Paris Laboratory.
Didier Monge Musician, composer, sound-engineer and producer - and webmaster. Assistant musical director of the Paris Laboratory.
Joëlle Thisse Characterial actress and characterial clown: both show up in her work-in-progress with a text on jealousy by Giulia Sissa. Member of the Paris Laboratory.
Pauline Nozière Feisty Northern France actress , member of the Paris Laboratory. Big smiles when she said : "Here is the passion and pleasure I looked for in theatre schools!"
Nahuel Buenos Aires suburban militant writer and musician, god-sibling (god-sib = gossip) of the late Livia Kaufman. Assistant musical director of the Paris Laboratory.
Hélène Larrodé Performer, dancer, singer - accute and original (worked with Anna Halprin after all).  Member of the Paris Laboratory.
Pamela Carreño Background vocalist and founding member of Artica y las Magneticas - and classicist with a thesis on The Sybill of Cuma - the greatest Roman oracle, next to Naples.

Artica y las Magnetica

Chile rock group, includes vocalists Pamela and sister Fernanda Carreño. Their Santiago concert reminded Enrique of one of one of his unruly genius big brothers: Frank Zappa. TBC depending on grants.
Kate Yust Al-Shamma Actress-dancer-singer - has taught, acted and directed in several USA universities, now in California - wrote her PhD including her work with Pantheatre.
Gaëtan Emeraud Brittany actor and director, coordinator of Club del Pescado, Pantheatre-linked research and performance 'club' - presented a supeb piece on (Picasso's) Dora Maar.
Véronique Taconet Performer, vocalist, was part of Pantheatre's Alchemical Theatre project (early 1990s) making a comeback now that her son is a star student at the Geneva dance school.
Pierre Jeammes Freelance singer and performer after a career between physical and cultural education. Working on Jacques Brel. Member of the Paris Laboratory.
Antoine Innocente Won everyone's sympathy last year with his wild and anarchic warm-hearted clown priorities in and out of the studio. He returns from a long trip to Argentina with companion Carina.