Michel Sardou: “The theater works better in the provinces than in Paris”

His comeback hailed on stage with N’écoutez pas Mesdames, Sunday, November 28 in Béziers, his songs, the world around him… The immense artist gave an interview to Midi Libre.

You no longer perform in concert, what convinced you to get back on the stage with Guitry?

I love Guitry, I know his theater almost entirely and the opportunity has presented itself. I reread this piece and I wanted to do it because it is wonderfully well written, it is funny, it is Guitry what! People have a lot of fun and laughter, making people laugh, that’s my favorite thing about theater, so I’m very happy to play it.

Your character, a husband who considers himself cheated, takes a cynical and ironic look at the fairer sex. What does it mean to you?

It is a bit contrary to today’s fashion. He talks about fashionable Guitry women. Guitry was a resentful cuckold, with a somewhat harsh outlook, he is never very gentle with women, but he loves them.

How does this text resonate today?

He entertains people because it is the opposite of what everyone is saying right now. Without being aggressive either, it’s a funny piece, not at all anti-feminine, on the contrary.

The text questions the art of loving, how would you qualify your relationship with women?

He’s perfect (laughs), I’ve been married for 22 years, I’ve known my wife for 44 years, I’m very happy.

Theater: Michel Sardou expected on November 28 in Béziers

His performance was praised. Michel Sardou will meet on Sunday November 28, at 6 p.m., in Béziers, Zinga Zanga room, in N’Ecoutez pas Mesdames. This Guitry classic, directed by Nicolas Briançon and produced by Strateges Organization-Gilles Marcoz, is carried by a distinguished cast: Nicole Croisille, Lisa Martino, Carole Richert, Eric Laugerias, Patrick Raynal, Laurent Spielvogel, Michel Dussarat and Dorothée Deblaton . The story: Daniel begs his presumed fickle wife to leave. Valentine, his first wife, rushes to win him back. “The misunderstandings, misunderstandings and manipulations are linked: it is successful, the public hangs on to the well-crafted dramaturgy”, writes France Inter.

You reconnect here with your first passion, actor, but haven’t you always been, even with this way of unfolding stories and characters in your songs?

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Yes, it’s different, but similar, you interpret a song as a role. At the start of the piece, I have a monologue, it’s practically a song. The difference is that in the theater we have partners, that’s all.

It’s also a human adventure, how do you live this crossing of France with this troop in the midst of a pandemic?

It’s a bit complicated, given the year that we lived with the Covid and that we unfortunately continue to live, there are theaters that are canceled, some that are bankrupt, others that do not. have more money to buy the show, so we have to do a lot of kilometers, it’s a bit tiring, but my God, afterwards, on stage, it doesn’t feel at all, we meet again.

I discovered, on the other hand, that the theater works better in the provinces than in Paris, because it goes to people. The next piece I’ll play, I’ll start with the tour. I have the impression that we are going to return to my parents’ theater and that does not displease me. In my opinion, this is the future, because in Paris, people do not want to take the car to come to the theater at the end of the day, the traffic is incredible, we are pissed off, we cannot park …

Do you have other projects?

I will continue the theater, play other plays. I have plans, but with the doubts we all have about the theaters, are people going to come, is there the mask, the pass, this fucking epidemic… The theaters are waiting to see how things will evolve, me too.

“The pass is not bad after all”

The health crisis continues to disrupt cultural life, accessible on a health pass, a principle which remains contested by a minority fringe of the population. “I am vaccinated, I have my pass, it’s not bad basically, it was used to vaccinate people and like all inert vaccines, reminders must be given, it is logical”, observes Michel Sardou. “But I don’t take sides,” he explains, “these are very personal things, I have friends who are against the vaccine, I tried to discuss with them, they are convinced, it is their right.”

Your audience also claims you on stage with your songs …

I have done fifty years of stage as a singer, I think it’s okay, it’s already not bad! Now, I have the theater which I really like and always liked. I go back to my beginnings, in fact, I started with the theater. But in the song I honestly believe that I no longer have my place, I can’t change my style or pretend to be fashion, that would be ridiculous.

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I let the new generation come, they are good, they have talent, they will replace us quietly as they always do, it is normal, but I do not want to come back, to say what more? If not to try to be in the game, it would be a bit sad, I think. I’d rather they remember my songs than bring them new ones.

Think you’re not in the loop with your songs?

The job has changed a lot, it now happens through the Internet, the platforms, it’s good, it’s something else, it’s another system, another way of doing this job, I have nothing against d ‘elsewhere, but I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to make my clips for the Internet.

Is there something that could make you come back on stage to sing?

No, when I make a decision, I definitely make it.

Your songs still continue to resonate on stage with the musical I am going to love you …

It’s great, I’m the first to be surprised, I was almost going to say no to them at the beginning… I wouldn’t have authorized a biopic, a story, why not, but I was very surprised because my style, precisely, c is to have no style. I do everything, it skips from rock to the slow 60s, my songs range from Vladimir Ilich to Popular Balls, via La Maladie d’amour and Connemara, they have no connection, there is no cohesion, it’s very varied, I jump from rooster to donkey.

But they found a formidable system (the story of six friends on board the liner France, for the United States, in 1962, Editor’s note). I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ve heard some samples, they did mockups in the studio, it’s sung really well and it seems to work.

On your title Woman of the 80s, they feminized the name of the professions. What do you think ?

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I don’t know, I’ll see, I’ll go see her as soon as I finish my tour.

In any case, this shows that others still take hold of your songs, as was the case with La Famille Bélier.

Yes and that was very good. It’s so much better than releasing a new song that doesn’t work (laughs).

Do you still feel so out of step with your times?

I don’t really like this century. I don’t really like life as it has become now. Social media, wokism, things like that, I’m not really concerned.

You don’t necessarily approve of wokism …

I do not approve of it at all, if it pleases so much the better, personally, I find it ridiculous. It’s something that comes to us from the United States, as always. It will pass, like the rest …

Presidential: “I do not believe either of them”

Michel Sardou will perform this Sunday in Béziers, the city of Robert Ménard. “I don’t know him, but I know who he is,” explains the singer, when asked about this highly publicized mayor. Presidential campaign ? “I don’t care! What I have heard and seen so far has not transcended me, he confides. I do not believe either of them. De Gaulle saw the election as a meeting between a man and a people, I have not met him… “

“Gaullist” assumed, even if he was “the first singer banned” by the general, he recalls, Michel Sardou attends like everyone else in this race for inheritance, very popular during the election period. “It’s like those who call themselves Bonapartists, it’s a bit ridiculous,” said the one who saw, moreover, in Emmanuel Macron “a very bad actor”, in 2019. “It’s true, he is a bit steep, “he jokes, assuring that he will not position himself in 2022.” I did it once with Chirac, he was a friend, explains Michel Sardou, but when artists get involved in politics it does not bring him anything and it costs artists a lot of money. People like us when we amuse them, move them, as soon as we tell them do like me, it does not work. We are not there for that. “