We are a theatre of directness, a theatre that speaks to its audience, that listens and needs a response. We believe that theatre is an event. We are a theatre of emotions – an immediate theatre – a theatre that excites and uses a direct language – a theatre of the imagination.


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Our name – “Theatre of the New Moon” – reflects our commitment to finding theatrical sustenance by looking for the new in the old. The name comes from
As the people say, at the moon’s change of phases
The new moon holds for one night long
The old moon in its arms.
The strong and tender care that the future shows for the past describes the dialectic that informs all of Jeune Lune’s work: striving to link a past heritage of popular performance traditions – from circus and classical farce to commedia dell’arte and vaudeville – to a present function within the local community and the larger international community of cultural production. While embracing the ‘old moon’ of theatrical tradition, Jeune Lune seeks to create an entirely new kind of theatre that is immediate, high spirited, passionately physical, and visually spectacular.

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Theatre de la Jeune Lune is a Company of theatre artists founded in France in 1978 by Parisians Dominique Serrand and Vincent Gracieux and Minneapolis native Barbra Berlovitz. Minneapolitan Robert Rosen joined the three a short while later. All are graduates of the renowned theatre school Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, and jointly share the duties of Artistic Director. Steven Epp joined the company as Artistic Associate in 1983 and accepted an invitation to become an Artistic Director in 2001.

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Theatre de la Jeune projects itself into a building. We did not want to build a theatre; we wanted a space in which amazing things could happen. Thus a movable seating structure was planned; the space is re-configured for each show. It is an urban courtyard, a public space, a space both human and monumental. The building makes the work possible, represents the work, and the work spells a new history for the building. It is not only about beautiful architecture, it is continued history in the making.


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