Image adapted from an engraving by G.B. Tiepolo's series Scherzi e Capricci. See ORIGINAL and COMMENTARIES.

Myth and Theatre Festival    2018


Descent to the Underworld



Château de Malérargues

Roy Hart  International Artistic Centre

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latest update: 21 Juin, 2018

Festival DEFINITIONS & HISTORY since 1986

June 19 to July 1    2018



Nekyia is the Greek word for descent, and specifically for the descent into hell, into the pagan hell, the Kingdom of Hades, the abode of the dead. James Hillman, in The Dream and the Underworld, says the Nekyia takes place along a two-way road whose traffic is all the more intense since, according to him, dreams are assembled in hell and take the same royal road as the dead do. Each dream brings together a cast of ghosts, ancestral ones or ghostly replicas of the living, often of the dreamer himself. Permission is granted them to visit us, the so-called living, usually at night, when the gates of hell open. 




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 / Lecturers / Guest Artist

2017 ARCHIVES Références


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.
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 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.
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.
Nahuel Bustamante Buenos Aires suburban militant writer and musician, god-sibling (god-sib = gossip) of the late Livia Kaufman. Assistant musical director of the Paris Laboratory.
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.
Klaus Fiescher Long time member of Pantheatre's summer Oracular Orchestra (Music that knows better) - including awesome Bremen-Burma-Vodou base clarinette!


A Workshop-Festival

13 days with 4 half-days rest. 7 hours workshops per day, plus evening lectures and performances.
Possibility of partial participation



arrivals Monday June 18,  departures Monday July 2 morning

first appointment for work Tuesday June 19 at 9:30 am

Closing time Sunday July 1 at 5:30 pm

9:30 - 10:15
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.
  • consider making VIDEO recordings of 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).


Registration to this festival event is done directly with PANTHEATRE (and not through the Roy Hart Centre's site format.)


     800€ professional workshops participants 201
     650€ active 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 2018 with a 50€ administration costs deduction..

Payment - see:

Lodging - Important to book soonest. The Roy Hart Centre has lodging for 20 persons which fill very quickly. Check the Roy Hart Centre information page

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

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

If you check AirBnB or similar, check for : Thoiras area, or nearby Lasalle - post codes 30140 30460. (You might need to have a car for this.)

Travel - Via Nîmes, Montpellier or Marseille OR Barcelona (less than 4 hours). Paris Nîmes super train is now below 3 hours!

Best access is from Nimes station : bus to Thoiras Gare (where we will come fetch you, 10 minutes by car).


and information on the Roy Hart Centre site