“In contrast to the British, we’ve got misplaced a way of unity round our historical past”

FIGAROVOX/MAINTENANCE – On September 24 and 27 on the Army Faculty of Paris can be held “The Historical past of France, the Rock Opera”, a present to convey again the style of French historical past to younger folks. It’s essential at a time after we are reluctant to return to our roots, explains Dimitri Casali.

Historian, Napoleon knowledgeable, former historical past trainer at ZEP, Dimitri Casali often collaborates with the written press, radio and tv. He’s the writer of some forty books together with the New Historical past Handbook for the center college, foreword by J.-P. Chevènement (La Martinière, 2016), 100 dates within the historical past of France that made the world ( plon). As well as, he’s the composer of “Napoléon l’Opéra rock” and of “Histoire de France l’opéra rock”, historic and academic musical reveals.


FIGAROVOX. – “The Historical past of France l’Opéra Rock” returns with a second present on the Ecole Militaire in Paris, Saturday September 24 (full) and Tuesday September 27. What are the variations from the primary opus? How is it developed?

Dimitri CASALI. – «The Historical past of France the Rock Operais a musical journey by time and historical past, from the start of the French nation with the development of cathedrals (twelfth century), to Basic de Gaulle, passing by Philippe Auguste “Montjoie Saint-Denis”! Saint Louis “soldier of Christ”, Joan of Arc, François I, Henri IV Rally to secularism, Louis XIV Nec pluribus impar! Our two emperors, Lengthy stay the three colours! Verdun, hell is mud, Entrance Pop Pop Populaire! The Man Who Says No!”

The present lasts an hour and twenty, in 17 tableaux, and is a combination of rock, pop, rap, R’nB, classical, sounds, lights, projection of enormous tableaux of historical past work, which attracts and surprises the general public.

The success of the premiere on the Alhambra on February 2 made it doable to search out methods to enhance the video projections accompanying the efficiency of the musicians. The brand new singers Mehdi and Paloma built-in higher with the unique group, which I’ve been with because the starting of the Historock expertise. The present is healthier now. We even have many dates within the Île-de-France area, we’re additionally taking part in on Tuesday, September 27 on the Théâtre de La Garenne-Colombes due to Mr. Philippe Juvin.

The historical past of France is obscure, as a result of it’s the results of a double heritage: monarchical and Christian, on the one hand, and republican and secular, on the opposite. That is what offers this distinctive specificity to our collective identification.

Dimitri Casali

You determined to sing to convey the love of French Historical past. Why do you assume it’s wanted now?

«The Historical past of France the Rock Operaexplores new methods of transmitting historical past to youthful generations to unite them round our heritage, our tradition and our republican values, as a result of by historical past we type citizenship…

Its function is to arouse curiosity and provides a style of the historical past of France to all younger folks, no matter their origins, and thus facilitate their integration by permitting them to amass the fundamentals of a basic tradition, which they do not have. You solely have to go searching you to search out out…

Our motto is the nice Ernest Lavisse. The historical past of France just isn’t discovered by coronary heart, it’s discovered by coronary heart. It’s obscure, as a result of it’s the results of a double heritage: monarchical and Christian, on the one hand, and republican and secular, on the opposite. That is what offers this distinctive specificity to our collective identification.

Fortuitously, there are nonetheless some motivated individuals who consider within the goodness of celebrating French historical past and have helped us. They had been few, we gathered solely 155 donors, nevertheless it allowed us to make 18 video clips that full our present and broadcast totally free on our YouTube Historock channel. These movies characteristic key figures in our historical past and are narrated by a famend historian.

They permit a wider distribution in faculties and social networks amongst younger folks, in every single place in France. They’re accompanied by instructional sheets obtainable on the Historock.com web site.

At a time when the British are selling monarchy around the globe, how can we clarify that France is struggling to convey its historical past to the youngest and make it shine around the globe?

In France there may be each a dysfunction and a fancy. For 30 years, the media and a sure elite have maintained a guilt-inducing studying of our historical past. France is answerable for all of the evils on the planet: slavery, slave commerce, colonization, collaboration. However there may be additionally a fancy in direction of different peoples, who’re pleased with their historical past and know tips on how to rejoice it, just like the British on the Queen’s funeral.

Take a look at the bicentenary of Napoleon’s dying… What a pity!… Think about for a second that the Emperor was English? So there you go, you may see an imposing decency!

Dimitri Casali

We now have misplaced the sense of celebration, of communion, of gathering a whole folks round a robust image and our patriotic values. The French at the moment are out of their historical past. They’re nearly ashamed of it when it is among the greatest on the planet. Take a look at the bicentenary of Napoleon’s dying… What a pity!… Think about for a second that the Emperor was English? So there you go, you may see an imposing decency!

Moreover, frowning to sing the historical past of France, I discover it very troublesome to get the Nationwide Training and the general public or personal media on this instructional mission. At this time, the historical past of France seems outdated, dusty and shameful. Come and see our present, you will notice that it isn’t like that. The English usually are not the one ones who know tips on how to rejoice their historical past, we additionally know tips on how to do it.

If we need to stroll into the long run, all the time return to our roots. That is the message I ship to “Grand Ultimateof the present once I face myself with all the youngsters current.


The present “L’Histoire de France l’Opéra Rock” will happen on September 24 on the École Militaire in Paris, on September 27 on the Théâtre de la Garenne in Garenne-Colombes, on November 18 on the Théâtre Roger Lafaille in Chennevières with Marl. Tickets can be found right here.

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