I might have some extra photos to add later, but I just wanted to make a tribute this time to the atmosphere of the festival as depicted in the parade that is held the evening before the festival begins.
Even though there are some confirmed stars who perform in the "Off," the vast majority of the participants are just trying to break into the profession and gambling just about everything they have. To rent two hours of theatre time for three weeks, they liquidate their life savings, sell their cars, borrow from their parents, because they are burning with this passion that cannot be extinguished.
Just looking at their faces, I regret that I was so reasonable and cautious when I was young and never made the leap of faith that brought them here.
You're right about the wonderful expressions on the faces of the actors, Kerouac. Your video was very enjoyable to watch and gave me a sense of being right there in Avignon, too. Many of the costumes were intriguing and left me wondering about each particular play as well as the roles of individual actors.
You are right about it being a passion. A girl who was in class with one of my sons from the age of 9 to 17 was always very shy -- hair covering her face, never spoke up, etc. When she got into engineering school in Lyon, her mother suggested her joining a theatre group at the school to get over the shyness.
Well, she got over it so well, that although she got her engineering degree, she has been working as an actress in a small group, selling tickets at a box office to pay for acting lessons, working as an artist's model, participating in the "off" in Avignon every year... Fortunately her husband, met at the enginnering school, is working in the profession, so he pays the rent.