On its opening day, the most renowned theatre festival in the world announced that Tiago Rodrigues, current artistic director of the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, will be the new director of the Avignon Festival.
It was in the middle of the opening day that the Minister of Culture of France, Roselyne Bachelot, announced the choice of the one who will be the first foreigner to direct the mythical certame founded by actor and director Jean Vilar, in 1947.
In 2019, Tiago Rodrigues had already premiered the show Sopro as part of the festival and this year, also by invitation and after the 2020 edition was cancelled by the pandemic, the Portuguese actor, author and director directed Anton Tchékhov’s The Cerejal, for the opening of what is consensually regarded as the most important theatre festival in the world.
With a career spanning over two decades and an eminently political and always humanist brand of theatre, Tiago Rodrigues was co-founder and artistic director of the creative entity Mundo Perfeito, before being appointed director of the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II in 2014. He has been awarded, among others, the Europa Theatre Prize and the Pessoa Prize.
The acclaim of his artistic and programmatic work knows thus a dimension that constitutes, insofismably, one of the most important moments in the history of Portuguese theatre contributing also, in a broad way, to the international recognition of theatre creators in Portugal.