Written and Directed by Gerald Garutti

with Mélanie Doutey and the musicians Yaïr Benaïm, Dana Ciocarlie, Alexis Kune, Samuel Maquin


Lighting Design – Jérôme Delporte

Sound Design
& Production – Olivier Renet

Costume – Thibaut Welchlin,

Assistant Directors – Léonard Matton and Raphaël Joly

Photography – Olivier Roller

Calligraphy – Franck Lalou

Biographic advice – Shifra Sluchin


Gerald Garutti

GeraldGerald Garutti is a theatre director, a writer and a translator. He studied literature (École Normale Supérieure and agrégation de lettres modernes), political science (Sciences Po Paris) and philosophy (Cambridge University, where he taught as lecteur of French at Trinity College).

As the artistic director of the C(h)aractures theatre company, his credits include: Badly But Quickly (Odéon), The Hunters Of The Absolute (France Culture), A Century of Fury (Brangues), The Sense of Desire (Odéon), Correspondence For Three – Rilke-Tsvetaieva-Pasternak (Printemps des Poètes) and Haim – In The Light Of A Violin (Salle Gaveau, National Tour for five seasons).

In 2014-2015, he directed Lorenzaccio, a Shakespearian,political epic involving thirty actors on stage, which toured in France (Théâtre National La Criée). He created the show at the Ferme des Jeux (Vaux-le-Pénil, near Paris), where he is resident theatre director until 2018. In English, he has directed Roberto Zucco (ADC Theatre), Richard III (ADC Theatre), The Fall Of The House Of Usher (Vingtième Théâtre), a script-in-hand performance of Dangerous Liaisons by Christopher Hampton at the Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford-upon-Avon), and Notes From Underground adapted from Dostoevsky with Harry Lloyd (Print Room at the Coronet).


Mélanie Doutey – Actress

M DouteyMélanie Doutey starred in her first feature film in 2000, Jean-Charles Tacchella‘s Les gens qui s’aiment. While finishing her studies at the National Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in Paris, she appeared in Le Frère du guerrier by Pierre Jolivet (2001), with Guillaume Canet and Vincent Lindon ; her interpretation granted her a nomination for Best Revelation at the Cesar Awards. The next year, she was praised for her performance in La Fleur du mal by Claude Chabrol, and received another nomination for Best Revelation at the Cesar Awards for the Musset-inspired Il ne faut jurer de rien ! She also starred in Maïwenn’s Bal des actrices, Mathias Gokalp’s Rien de personnel and Aux yeux de tous by Cédric Jimenez. For the stage, she debuted in Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde, directed by Tilly at the Palais Royal, and immediately received a nomination for Best Revelation at the Molière Awards. In 2010, she starred in Ibsen’s Master-Builder, directed by Hans Peter Cloos at the Théâtre Hébertot, and in 2011 in The Nicolas Briançon-directed Midsummer’s Night Dream at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin. Before appearing in Haim, she was a part of the cast of The Burial (Festen…the sequel) directed by Daniel Benoin at the Théâtre du Rond-Point.


Yaïr Benaïm – Violinist

Y BenaimBorn in Haifa in Israel, Yaïr Benaïm started to learn the violin at the age of 3. He was the soloist in the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Israel from 1991 to 1994, and decided then to embrace music as a career. In 2003, he founded the Benaïm Quartett, which was rewarded by several important international awards (SPEDIDAM at the F.N.A.P.E.C. à Paris, ARD-Munich in 2004, French Ministère de la Culture at the Concours international de Bordeaux en 2007, Mozarteum in Salzburg in 2007). From 2000 to 2016, the Benaïm Quartett extensively toured in France, Germany, Israel, Portugal, Austria.


Dana Ciocarlie – Pianist

D CiocarlieTrained at the Romanian School of Piano, Dana Ciocarlie also studied in Paris with Victoria Melki at the “Teacher’s Music College” and the National Conservatory for Advanced Music and Dance (CNSM) in the classes of Dominique Merlet and Georges Pludermacher. She works with many contemporary artists, some of whom have dedicated works to her, including Karol Beffa, Frederic Canopies, Nicolas Bacri, Stéphane Delplace, and the pianist Christian Zacharias. She is recognized as one of the major players of Horatiu Radulescu. She received the second prize at the Robert Schumann International Competition in Zwickau, the Special Sandor Vegh Prize at the Geza Anda Competition in Zurich, the International Pro Musicis Prize, and participated in the Young Concert Artists European Auditions in Leipzig and the Ferruccio Busoni Competition in Italy. She won several awards by different Foundations (Yvonne Lefebure, Nadia Boulanger, Gyorgy Cziffra), and her multiple activities have led her to perform in the United States (Boston, New York, Los Angeles), Canada (Montreal, the Lanaudiere Festival), Hong Kong, Europe (France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Netherlands, and Romania).


Alexis Kune – Accordionist

A KuneAfter classical and history university studies, Alexis decided to dedicate himself to music, playing both piano and accordion. He was trained by renowned musicians such as Alan Bern, Eddy Schaff, Zev Feldman, Kurt Bjorling, David Krakauer, Frank London, DJ So Called, Michael Alpert in classes in Paris, London, Weimar and Montreal. With the duo “Les Mentsh”, he won the Beregowski Award. In an eye towards teaching, Alexis is Lecturer in Music at the Jewish Museum of Art and History, at the “Music City” in Paris, in Jewish Cultural Training at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), and hosts a show on Jewish FM.


Samuel Maquin – Clarinetist

S MaquinSamuel Maquin started playing the clarnet at the age of 7. In 2003, he discovered klezmer. He worked to master all the specificities of the repertory in workshops where he studied the teachings of David Krakauer, Merlin Sheppherd, So Called, Kurt Bjorling, and Zev Feldman. In 2006 he furthered his klezmer education in New York, with David Krakauer yet again, and began in depth research at the YIVO – Institute for Jewish Research. He is also a part of the duo “Les Mentsh” and performed with “Les Egarés”, “Yordan”,”Paris Odessa”, and “Daniel Kahn and the Painted Birds”.