Edito 2019

Cratère/Surfaces, en 2019, s’invite dans quelques-uns des plus beaux sites de l’agglomération cévenole : l’esprit des lieux fait ici corps avec l’imagination artistique. Nous irons à Saint Jean du Gard, La Bambouseraie de Générargues, Anduze, le Lac de Massillargues-Atuech, Vézénobres et Alès – des rives du Gardon aux anciens entrepôts Richard Ducros… Un voyage fantastique entre la beauté des Cévennes et l’histoire industrielle de ce territoire.

Les Arts en Espace Public prennent leurs aises en mélangeant les genres, en se liant à l’international, en se lovant dans les espaces de nos murs et paysages. Les figures universelles de Roméo et Juliette traverseront la semaine en trois actes. Une histoire d’amour typique commune à toute l’humanité qui s’offre une distribution originale franco-marocaine dans ce banquet des arts de la rue façon Shakespeare

De la découverte, du sentiment, de l’émotion et de la surprise font des moments rares et partagés au sein de nos Cévennes alésiennes. Bon festival !

Denis Lafaurie

8th, 9th and 10th July 1999: the first edition of Cratère Surfaces, the first festival devoted to street arts in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Denis Lafaurie, the director of Cratère, la scène nationale (the national scene) in Alès, decided to take his theatre to the streets as a way of going to those who dare to open their doors. Furthermore, he wanted to prove that the role of the actor on the streets is just as significant as their role in the theatre room. During the first few years, an annual theme was chosen: ‘mechanical structures,’ ‘family meeting,’ ‘movement,’ ‘a strange atmosphere,’ and ‘back to the place.’ Since 2010, the festival has become international and has made its name as the “Alès international outdoor festival”. Carrying out its first exchange with England, the festival has opened its doors to European companies and even offers Alesian shows in English. Eager to offer top-level entertainment, the festival is characterized by a strong artistic line-up, encouraging among others, theatre actors to take on the streets. The well-known, Cratère Surfaces attracts professionals from all over the world who often bring shows that they have discovered in Alès back to their own country. 2014, a new era, rooted in the Cévennes, the festival fills the streets of Alès and for three days we discover exceptional works in remarkable landscapes, before it returns to its urban euphoria in its remaining last two days.

Denis Lafaurie

Director of Le Cratère, scène nationale* d’Alès

(* « scene nationale » is a label granted by the French Ministry of Culture to a selection of public theatres, producing and programming contemporary performances)