April 5, 2019
Talk: Contemporary Swiss Theater
From 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Sharm El-Sheikh Culture Palace
Swiss actress and theater director Sophie Kandaouroff is invited by Sharm El-Sheikh International Theater Festival for youth, to be the president of jury of its fourth edition, between 1 and 7 April 2019.
On April 5, Kandaouroff is giving a talk about the Contemporary Swiss Theater; the talk is moderated by Iraqi-Egyptian culture practitioner Maysoon Mahfoudh.
Designed to support emerging theatre makers, SITFY presents in its 4th edition three sections: the ensemble productions, the monodrama productions and the outdoor/sit-specific productions. Besides the daily performances covering the three sections of the festival, there is a training program brining prominent international figures from the region and from Europe
Born in Friborg, Sophie Kandaouroff grew up in Lausanne. She studied acting in Paris and continued her studies in the United States at the Stella Adler’s Conservatory in Los Angeles. After having traveled a lot and worked for some time in the music production and concert organization in Paris, she returned to live in Switzerland, Kandaouroff worked in the theater field under the supervision of Gérard Carrat, Jean-Jacques Dulong, Dan Jemmet, Gregory Hlady, Charles Joris, Syma Dakkus. At the cinema, she plays in 15, rue des Bains and Kadogo under the direction of Nicolas Wadimoff, in Les petites couleurs under that of Patricia Plattner. She participates in recordings for Radio Suisse Romande and France Culture as well as series produced by Télévision Suisse Romande: Rescue, Les Pique-Meurons.
In 2006, she founded the Compagnie Théâtre K., in which she directed mainly contemporary texts: Purgatorium by Danish author Jens-Martin Eriksen (Théâtre de l’Oriental-Vevey, 2007); Alisa, Alice by the Slovenian author Dragica Potocnjac (Theater of Oriental-Vevey, 2009) – which she translates and interprets, and which she will realize the film adaptation the following year under the title En attendant Vladimir -; Soon will be the time of Line Knutzon, a classic of contemporary Danish theater, which she signed the first creation to the scene in French (Théâtre du Grütli in Geneva, 2014); The Malaparte Trial of Jens-Martin Eriksen (Oriental-Vevey Theater, 2015 & tour the season following its premiere at the Pulloff Théâtre de Lausanne and other theaters in French-speaking Switzerland).
In parallel with her theatrical activity, since 1998, Sophie Kandaouroff has directed the International Residence for Writers of the Château de Lavigny, which welcomes writers from all over the world every summer.