Interview. Jean-Michel Rallet: “The Avignon festival is a moment of tension”

Interview. Jean-Michel Rallet: “The Avignon festival is a moment of tension”
Interview. Jean-Michel Rallet: “The Avignon festival is a moment of tension”

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Valentine Exantus

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June 24, 2024 at 5:47 p.m.

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A young comedian who already has quite a bit of background. Jean-Michel Rallet at the dawn of his 50th birthday, left the world of investment in the growth and transfer of SMEs for the stage and humor. This year, for the second time in a row, he returns with his show » Involuntary life change » au Festival OFF d’Avignon in Vaucluse with 20 dates from June 29 to July 21.

- : What motivated you to come back a second time to the OFF festival in Avignon?

Jean-Michel Rallet: “It’s a tense moment, where I play 20 days out of 25. We meet a lot of people and above all a diverse audience. This first experience allowed me to be a perfectionist and to reshape everything. The Avignon festival, it’s every day, but I had selected a theater that was too big.”

You lost almost 10,000 euros last year, how do you envisage your second participation in the OFF festival in Avignon?

JMR: “The first year we lose money in Avignon, the second we are close to breaking even. The objective is not financial but to make ourselves known to the public and professionals in order to be able to have more rooms in the following year.

Last year with an average of 40/50 people each evening, even if that may seem like a lot, in a room of 100 people, the empty seats were obvious.
This year, with a new room with 55 seats and also a new schedule; 7 p.m. instead of 1 p.m. The strategy is no longer the same.
I would like to emphasize that the schedule was also very important. Early afternoon and early evening spectators do not have the same expectations.

In terms of organization, I did it in advance, from October 2023. I identified the performance hall I wanted for this summer, the Théâtre d’Avignon, for the 20 dates of the Festival. We have up to 10 1.5 hour slots. I financed everything myself. A graphic designer took care of creating the posters.”

And for the show, are you going to present a new version?

JMR: “I kept the same name, the same theme, but it’s not the same show. It is at least 40% renewed.

I believe that my show makes people laugh and think about the world of finance and retraining in the business world.

I arrive with a better show than a year ago. A show that works. The objective for me is to have as many programmers as possible to complete the 2025-2026 season.”

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