It is with great gaiety and even a desire to laugh that the two men exchanged their meditation, as funny as it is profound.
The actor is a man who donates his body. The philosopher is a man who donates his mind. So there is something alchemical about the dialogue between Fabrice Luchini and Michel Onfray organized by the Rencontres du Figaro. Our readers were not mistaken: the Salle Gaveau was crowded with baskets on the balconies on November 18. “‘Every deep mind advances masked”, wrote Nietzsche “, declaims with relish Fabrice Luchini. Behind the mask, allegorical or not, what do the friends of our newspaper come to see? An eminently French conversation.
Luchini opens the ball by offering a cross-reading of Pascal, Nietzsche and Baudelaire. He enters on a few piano notes composed by the German philosopher then another music is set up. That of a symphony without an instrument other than language, rhythm and voice. The Gay Knowledge, Behold the man… Nietzschean eloquence is biblically powerful, but soon Luchini calms the storm, without warning, with verses from Baudelaire: “I lived for a long time under vast porticos / That the sea suns dyed with a thousand lights. “ Absolute silence. Poetry settles down to the shattering entrance of Zarathustra: “Could it be possible!” This old saint in his forest, he has not yet learned that God is dead! ”
It is on this famous sentence that Michel Onfray arrives in turn on stage. He believes, like the spectators, to have heard the angry voice of Nietzsche in person. Then, he deciphers these texts, according to the questions of the artist and the organizer of the event, Vincent Trémolet de Villers, deputy director of the Figaro. Onfray teaches as one discusses with an extraordinary density of words, a very great pedagogy. Happiness of implacable formulas and reasoning: the Nietzsche mystery is clarified a little.
On the left, Luchini has his arms moving, elbows raised, hands suspended to support his point. On the right, Onfray seems as steadfast as the blocks of marble on which glasses of water are placed; his posture is upright and stable, he locks his legs by crossing them, his left arm supports his right arm which holds the microphone; nothing moves for his lips, and the corners of his cheeks, because he will have smiled a lot of heart this evening.
When one of my spectators leaves the room, it’s heartbreaking. Vertigo, anguish. You who are Nietzschean, does that not affect you?
Fabrice Luchini to Michel Onfray
We could see a sketch of a living room but also a duo, of those who inhabit the theater and the cinema. Luchini does not hide his anxieties, Onfray shows his stoicism. “When one of my spectators leaves the room, it’s heartbreaking. Vertigo, anguish. You who are Nietzschean, that does not affect you? ”, Luchini asks. “Absolutely not”, answers Onfray. “But if we went from a thousand to five hundred, then to a hundred, then to two, would that still not reach you?»
Onfray mocks psychoanalysis, Luchini in analysis for forty years invokes original sin as the source of evil and therefore of suffering. And the two friends to discuss the theory of the eternal Nietzschean return. «Stoic», corrects Onfray.
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It is with great gaiety and even a desire to laugh that the two men continue their meditation, which is as funny as it is profound. “The idea lives on forever, independently of myself”, said one. “But without a body to carry it and say it, what existence does it have?”, he sees himself answering. For the actor, the text even more than the meaning it carries is an antidote to melancholy, for the philosopher, it is the exercise of thought that is vital. The dialogue continues, at altitude, in an astonishing fluidity, an extraordinary spontaneity. It is a rare and precious thing to witness a real conversation.
“On November 30, on the occasion of the publication of” Promenades “, a book on culture, Nicolas Sarkozy will be the guest of Alexis Brézet and Vincent Trémolet de Villers, Gaveau room.