1988-2000 : Jérôme Savary
Théâtre National de Chaillot
From 1988 to 2000 the theater was run with infectious if radically different energy. Entertainer, counter-culture aficionado and great improviser, Jérôme Savary was as intuitive as his predecessor Antoine Vitez was intellectual.
Creator of the Grand Magic Circus and opera director in Italy and Germany - where he was revered – Savary bonded together generations through a dynamic policy and deep knowledge of the audience and their expectations. He reinstated the dinner concerts that Jean Vilar cherished, created his own musicals - a genre that he loved and where the orchestra substituted for the soundtrack – including the critically acclaimed Bourgeois Gentilhomme.
He also hosted fiery stagings such as the exuberant Lapin Chasseur by Jérôme Deschamps and Macha Makkeïeff in 1989 as well as Kantor, Benno Besson and Katharina Talbach.