L'entrée libre à l'ex-thèâtre de France
the occupation of the Odéon and the revolutionary culture of the French stage
On the evening of 15 May 1968, an exuberant mob of three thousand2 ascended the stairs of the Odéon National Theatre in Paris at the end of a performance by the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Well-dressed guests of the dance concert tottered on heels and clutched jackets as they emerged into the heart of the Luxembourg Gardens district, while a carnival of students, committee members and international theatremakers stormed the same stairs, carrying signs, flags, tracts and visions of utopia. The interlopers arrived unannounced, ticketless and after hours; they spilled onto the theatre's stage and into the twelve hundred velvet seats. Their goal: to occupy the theatre at the geographical heart of Paris, to seize it and make it a permanent meeting place where they would discuss the general strike and plan the anticipated revolution.
Bredeson, K. (2011)., L'entrée libre à l'ex-thèâtre de France: the occupation of the Odéon and the revolutionary culture of the French stage, in J. Jackson, A. Milne & J. Williams (eds.), May 68, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 299-315.
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