Podcast “The ear is daring”. Jean-René Lemoine: my mother, emotion…

Fifteen years ago, the author Jean-René Lemoine signed “Face à la mère”, a love poem to his mother, brutally murdered in Haiti. Today, the director Alexandra Tobelaim gives voice and body to this strong text, at the Théâtre de la Tempête in Paris, until May 15. Confidences of the author in the hole of the “Ear…”.

Three for one. Three musicians on one side. Three comedians of each other. But for a single voice, a single cry of love. Polyphony and rock music accompany this version of facing the mother from Jean Rene Lemoine that Alexandra Tobelaim went looking for to put on this show. Until May 15, the Théâtre de la Tempête hosts what the director calls “a show-concert” and resonates with this poem that one day a son wanted to write for his mother.


“Face à la mère”, directed by Alexandra Tobelaim at the Théâtre de la Tempête in Paris



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Writing this text, was it a voluntary act? “I had no choice,” the author confesses to the ear is daring. After the shock of the death of this mother who lived far from her, beyond her in her beloved Haiti, the need to write, the flow of words became almost uncontrollable. An irrepressible need to tell not only this pain and the drama of the disappearance, but the entire complexity of the relationship between a son and his mother, from childhood to maturity. Also writing to do justice to a woman of whom he discovers in situ in Haiti all the facets hitherto unknown to him. Give justice also to all the orphans, to their parents torn from them in similar brutal conditions.

Jean-René Lemoine, author of

Jean-René Lemoine, author of “Face à la mère”



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That’s it, facing the mother : an intertwining of love and rejection, joys and sorrows, fusion and incomprehension, sometimes smiles and anger… But despite the intimacy -the story is undeniably linked to the life of Jean-René Lemoine-, much of it is revealed of universality in this text. Everyone can deal with the death of a loved one, everyone can have complicated ties to their parents, everyone can wonder about their origins.


“Facing the Mother”, directed by Alexandra Tobelaim



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Furthermore, Haiti is not mentioned once in facing the mother. And yet, implicitly and in a way, it is Jean-René Lemoine’s mourning of this country that is also in question. A country inexorably linked to him by his mother and by the tragedy that befell him. A country that condemns and loves deeply, that’s right. The country of his birth but that does not prevent Lemoine from refusing to allow himself to be locked up by explanations of his existence, sometimes too simplistic for his taste, at others. Man wants to be, it is affirmed, as multiple as his origins.

The author Jean-René Lemoine, guest of

The author Jean-René Lemoine, guest of “l’Oreille est bolde”



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His intimate origin, the one that he really claims -in addition to a literary affiliation with the writer Marcel Proust- is… the theater; Y facing the motheralthough his first text was not at all, it marked for him his real entry into writing, as he explains to ear… . A text that he had a vital need to say and that offered a show a few years ago, interpreted and staged by himself. Again, a need without really knowing why.

so today, facing the mother is a show of a completely different nature, born from a relationship of trust forged between Jean-René Lemoine and director Alexandra Tobelaim, fascinated by this text and given carte blanche by the author. He will hardly want the right to review the few text cuts made…


“Face à la mère” by Jean-René Lemoine at the Théâtre de la Tempête in Paris



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Inside the ear is daring, Jean-René Lemoine evokes the way in which he embraces this new vision of his text, returns to his writing and to his relations today with Haiti and this missing mother. to whom he will have paid eternal homage in in front of the motherdemonstrating that if beings leave us one day and fly, the writings and the words remain…

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Facing the Mother, by Jean-René Lemoine, directed by Alexandra Tobelaim, until May 15, 2022 at the Théâtre de la Tempête in Paris (Cartoucherie de Vincennes).

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