The creation in 1985

The show was created September 11, 1985 at the Cartoucherie, in a staging of Ariane Mnouchkine.

crédits : Roberto Moscoso
Poster of the creation (1985). © Roberto Moscoso.

Notes of rehearsals extracted from Sophie Moscoso’s archives,

given to the department of Performing arts – BnF and integrated in Archives Collections of the Théâtre du Soleil. These marks arise from the republication of the text of the show © Théâtre du Soleil in coedition with les éditions Théâtrales and the BnF, in May, 2010.

Ariane Mnouchkine et Sophie Moscoso ⓒ Martine Franck, 1985.
Ariane Mnouchkine et Sophie Moscoso ⓒ Martine Franck, 1985.

“January 15th, 1985

I am in the intersection of two works. That of our author, and that of our theater.
The Cambodia. Hélène transported herself inside.
Contrary to this distance, this cynicism, this casualness, this incredulity, this skepticism to which accustom us the narratives of newspapers accustom us, this pale language which does not make either see or understand – as well as the incredulity which struck of “passivity” all those who heard the first narratives of the refugees leaving the Khmer Rouge’s hell – the theater requires that we believe, that we believe the text.
What means not at all an abandon of the intelligence.
Fight against the settled History.
The Musician is not a character, but the Music.”

Click here to continue reading in French: Notes de répétitions 1985

Tract de 1985.
Tract de 1985.

Program of the 1985’s representations:

The play has been played at the Cartoucherie (Paris) from september 11th, 1985 to may 31 st, 1986 and then on tour in Amsterdam, Bruxelles, Madrid and Barcelona.

Programme 1985 recto

Programme 1985 verso


Document published by the Spanish Ministry of Culture in 1986:
El théâtre du Soleil, amanecer en otoño.

Intervention d’Ariane Mnouchkine, Hélène Cixous et Maurice Durozier :

ⓒ M. Franck.
ⓒ M. Franck.

Enregistrement réalisé lors de la journée d’Étude “Histoire et Théâtre: autour de “Sihanouk”.” le 25/10/2013 à la Cartoucherie.

Colloque AM HC MD


Excerpts of the documentary film “Auf der Suche nach der Sonne”
In Search of the Sun.

Directed by Werner Schroeter, 1986.

Courtesy Ziegler Film.
A documentary on the Ariane Mnouchkine and the Théâtre du Soleil working with, at its center , extracts from “The Terrible but Unfinished Story of Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia.” “There is no art , writing nor story that doesn’t take its source in love. Choice of Cambodia is also a choice of love. I could not have write about a people whom I can not fall in love. “We hear these words of Helene Cixous, those of Werner Schroeter on cinema. And those, nearby, of Ariane Mnouchkine on her company. “It was the desire to seek the happiness that led to the creation of the Théâtre du Soleil. It was from looking in search of the more beautiful, the more clearly, the more dangerous, the more human. ”

Poster of "Sihanouk" at the Troppenmuseum (1986).
Poster of “Sihanouk” at the Troppenmuseum (1986).