Maxime Kurvers


Maxime Kurvers

Born in 1987 in Sarrebourg in Moselle, currently lives in Paris. He pursued theoretical studies in performing arts at the University of Strasbourg before joining the scenography section of the École du Théâtre National de Strasbourg (2008-2011). In 2015, he made his staging debut with ”Pièces courtes 1-9” in the form of a theatrical program that questions the minimal conditions of its own realization. Created in the fall of 2016, “Music dictionary” extends this questioning of theater and its resources through the presence and history of other mediums. “The birth of tragedy” (2018) is a solo for and by actor Julien Geffroy. “Musical Ideas” (2020) is an experimental musical recital. Since 2018, he has been working on a long-term project, “Theories and Practices of Acting (1428-2021)”, a living library for the art of acting in 28 chapters. “4 questions to Yoshi Oida” (2022) extends these questions of theatrical anthropology in another way.
Maxime Kurvers was an associate artist at the Ménagerie de verre for the 2016-2017 season, a resident artist at the Saison Foundation in 2020, and was associated with the Commune - CDN d'Aubervilliers from 2016 to 2023.

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Yuri Itabashi

Born in 1993 in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. She entered Department of Policy Management at Shobi University and began acting at university.
After graduation, she has been a freelance actor and has performed in chelfitsch, Oda Naotoshi’s play(s), paprika and more.

[Recent major works]
Bijutsu Techo x VOLVO ART PROJECT Oda Naotoshi’s play(s) “Beyond Good and Evil” 2019,
chelfitsch “Five Days in March Re-creation” 2017-2019,
chelfitsch & Teppei Kaneuji "Eraser Mountain" 2019-2021,
chelfitsch & Teppei Kaneuji "Eraser Forest" 2020,
chelfitsch & Teppei Kaneuji "Eraser Fields" 2020,
Direction & Playwright by Toshiki Okada, Kinoshita-Kabuki "Sakurahime Azuma Bunsho" 2023

2024 project

  • "Theories and practices of acting (1428-2022)" [2022] photo by Willy Vainqueur

  • "The birth of tragedy" [2018] photo by Willy Vainqueur


Rising French director, Maxime Kurvers, noted for his critical works based on his interest in the theatric al form and history, will create a new work based on his research on Japanese traditional performing arts. He will collaborate with actress Yuri Itabashi and translator Akihito Hirano and use a form of storytelling alluding to Rakugo in order to approach the Noh masterpiece titled “Okina.”