Myth and Theatre Festival 2021

June 22 to July 4




a performance take

last update: 8/12/22


                          Festival Editorial (2020 original)

SUMMARY : A performance take on superstition comes to be an attitude of alertness, as intrepid and quirky as it can be shrewd and cautious in watching the signs and in using them. The result is spontaneous and sagacious initiatives; high risk, yet relevant and canny.

Superstition is the first psycho-semantic filter of perception: a platform for poetic associations and serendipity, a portal, open to premonitions, daemonic voices and atypical initiatives.

A way to let in the spirits: IN-SPIRATION. Always on the look-out, it focuses the meaning of images towards relevance (and ethics) or, at least, towards judicious moves and implications. EP


Read    FULL EDITORIAL   and working notes


You can also consult :
      Ajournement 2020 / Prolégomène 2021
      The Ethnological Club : articles, bibliography : (soon the links)


The Festival took place from June 22 to July 4, 2021.

It resumes and renews the 2020 cancelled festival theme: SUPERSTITION, and this time it will be both online AND live.

Covid19 imposed on us a one-year reprieve, the time to better realize the importance for artistic creativity - and for anthropological thought - of facing the modes of perception and imagination that we have pigeonholed as SUPERSTITION.

We will have with us two great thinkers on these themes: Xavier Papaïs (on the side of anthropological thought) and Sonu Shamdasani (on the side of the History of Psychology).

Linda Wise is organizing a great and grand concert for Pantheatre’s fortieth anniversary. Plus, as always, lectures, performances, workshops, laboratories and master classes. And a tribute evening to Anna Griève who, sadly, left us last February.

A first provisional PLANNING is now online. If you wish to come to Malerargues (The Roy Hart Center, in the South of France) and participate live, full-time or some days, write to us soonest, especially regarding accommodation.

That said, it is clear that many of us (we were amongst them) had trouble with the excess of time in front of the screen. It is up to us to convince you now, because the set-up we propose works particularly well in the juxtaposition of practice and theory, present and online. To this end, we are organizing: online conferences and 'open' sessions. Join us and check it out (Newsletter announcements soon).

ESSENTIAL: register to the Pantheatre Newsletters, and specify the language(s): English only (and/or French, Spanish, Italian - Sì, ci saremo anche!)

Looking forward to your presence and contribution, whether online or present.

Enrique Pardo, Linda Wise


In collaboration with Roy Hart International Artistic Centre
Univ. of Central Lancashire UK.
School of Film, Media & Performance. Dr. Amy Rome

Pantheatre active membres
Mairie of Lasalle   et    Mairie of Thoiras


Château de Malérargues           Centre Artistique International Roy Hart           see photos

Myth and Theatre Festival     2021

Superstition / a performance take


Direction : Enrique Pardo and Linda Wise

Online Programs Director : Sharon Feder with Sarmen Almond and Grace Zandarski

Technical Director : Sarmen Almond

French Program Organizer : Sophie Raimondi

Spanish Program Organizer : Sarmen Almond with Daniela Garcia





see below



A Workshop-Festival

June 22 to July 4

The Myth and Theatre Festival is a context, both festive and hardworking, to explore and study the bridges between mythical thinking and performance practice. It was created in 1987 under the presidency of James Hillman.

mornings 10:00 - 13:00    classes, laboratores & ateliers
afternoons 14:30 - 17:00    laboratories / master classes
evenings 19:00 - 21:00    performances, lectures, round tables

See details below

latest update: 8/12/22








Enrique Pardo Choreographic Theatre & Voice Performance - morning sessions preceeded by warm-ups.
Linda Wise Voice : Singing and Acting - with guest musicians - afternoon classes and groups.
Teachers A circle of collaborators teach voice, singing, rythm, dance, acting and movement techniques.
Lectures Keynote lectures, talks, video presentations, films, related to Superstition (fingers crossed.)
Debates Being on site and online allows for lots of dialogues, round tables.
Performances Performances, concerts and work in progress presentations


Directors & Planning

Enrique Pardo   :   Voice Performance & Choreographic Theatre

Laboratory sessions with the contribution of different teachers and invited musicians.

Linda Wise   :   Singing & Voice Performance

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


Mornings and afternoons are dedicated to PRACTICE - classes, laboratories and master classes - under the overall direction of Enrique Pardo and Linda Wise with a large circle of collaborators.

Evenings are dedicated to performances, concerts, lectures.

Consult the detailed PLANNING for a more precise idea.

9:30 - 10:15
Mouvement and voice training
10:30 - 13:00
Laboratory sessions
14:30 - 17:30
Master classes
lectures, debates, performances (+ ONLINE°

Arrivals Monday June 21. Departures Monday July 5.

Information & Registration





Present present and participating in ALL live events .
On Line flat rate for ALL online events


New policy : coming to the festival at Malérargues is quite an investment for many artists and students - and we want them there. So we offer substantial bona fide discounts, and also donor's fee (last year's full fee.) Pantheatre also accepts donations.

Fees Present On line
Donor Fee 950 € 340 €
Full Fee 750 € 290 €
Virtual Library Members   265 €
In training 600 € 190 €
Active members 400 € 140 €


New 'policies' :


Online Pass: We have opted for ONE pass for ALL online events. There will be at least TWELVE in the evenings. Plus labs and discussions during the day. And you'll be able to see the recordings online afterwards.

Translation & Cosmopolitics: The festival has always included at least three languages (English, French, Spanish, often Italian.) Each event will have a 'main' language depending on the contributors. We will do our best to ensure that there is a friendly inclusiveness. It is impossible to translate everything. Shows will have synopses, lectures will include translation breaks AND summaries, etc.

Discounts: coming to the festival in Malérargues is a considerable investment for many artists and students - and we want them to be here. So we offer significant discounts, as well as donor rates for a scholarship fund.



EU (European Union countries): registration is done by bank transfer to PANTHEATRE. CONSULT PAYMENT INFORMATION
Non-EU (outside the European Union): registration is done through the Pantheatre PayPal registration form.
1 - Booking: Send an email to PANTHEATRE. Include a brief CV and a cover letter if you have not worked with PANTHEATRE.
 2 - Confirmation Deposit: If your request is accepted, your place will be reserved. It will be confirmed upon receipt of a deposit of 200€ payment to PANTHEATRE (by bank transfer or PayPal). The deposit is refundable until June 15th minus a 50€ administration fee.
3 - Payment of the remaining amount: before or on arrival, on site (in cash - we do not take credit cards).




Accommodation - It is important to book as soon as possible. The Roy Hart Centre has accommodations for up to 15 people which fill up very quickly. See the Roy Hart Centre information page

Contact us for other possibilities, including shared rentals. Or shared trips.

Check out Camping Filament (20 minute walk). We checked it out and it's good, mostly bungalows in quiet green areas, and very convenient, with a pool - it's not at all full until July 15 - peak season. Their website looks too Disney-like.

If you check AirBnB or similar, check: Thoiras area, or near Lasalle - zip codes 30140 30460. (You may need to have or share a car for this).




Travel - The best access is by the NIMES Centre train station + bus to the Gare de Thoiras stop (bus 112 at the back of the Nimes train station). Let us know your arrival time (with your cell phone number): we will come and pick you up, 10 minutes by car)

Nîmes train station. Train from Paris (3 hours), from Marseille airport (1h30). Or from Barcelona (4 hours).

ATTENTION the NIMES stop is also at the new TGV station Nimes Pont du Gard : you have to take another train or Bus 33 = 20 minites for Nimes Centre. Please check train and bus schedules and connections.


Teachers / Lecturers / Guest Artist

2019 Références to be updated
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, in memoriam Evening in tribute to Anna Griève, who passed away in February 2021. Writer, very close to Pantheatre, she gave annual lectures on fairy tales, from her book The Three Crows - Or the Science of Evil in Fairy Tales. She performed in The Twelve Brothers by the Brothers Grimm - a story she comments on in her book.
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.
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 Garcia Actress, movement and voice teacher, Parisian from Chile. She will present a sybillic solo recomposition of her two performances with Pantheatre - and an awesome oracle : The Black Box. Friday June 22 at 19:00
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.


..the capharnaüm and bric-a-brac of superstition are under the guard of Anubis, the Egyptian jackal god, guardian of the passage to death: a divinely alert presence.

We will make him the god of superstition for the needs of our approach: performance take.
Graphics by Enrique Pardo