Illness, ringing infusions, falling hair, depressing meal trays, severe fatigue, aplasia, exams? Next to. Not forgotten, but resolutely out of their minds. Make room for big smiles, applause, greetings, triumph, from children of proven maturity who deliver themselves on stage with all their spontaneity.
For the premiere of their new show, the children being treated for cancer beamed at La Timone Hospital. It appears from the “banana” that appeared on their faces, at the end of this real show, mounted by the association “Sourire à la vie” with the support of its sponsor, Grand Corps Malade, and the contribution of two dancers from the National Ballet of Marseille, Vito Giotta and Angel Hernandez. Scenes that follow each other, artful lighting, music and beautiful acting numbers … Everything to make the filled space of Cadran in Ensuès-la-Redonne topple with emotion.
However, no excessive pathos. Above all, a two-year job, depending on the childcare sessions, to provide The little prince changes his story, version revisited by the founder of “Sourire à la vie”, Frédéric Sotteau. Or when Saint-Exupéry’s work takes a turn for the worse, crosses paths with an inpatient child, contemplates the definition of love … With Marie, a young woman from Aix with a golden voice, Grand Corps Malade sings In the fog, his duet sung with Louane. The troupe dances, spins around. And since it’s a real show, with real actors, a tour follows. After Ensuès, it will be Paris on June 20 at the Théâtre du Rond-Point, then Corsica, Aix, Istres …
“Children are the stars of every night. This is the third show and this will be the third toursays Frédéric Sotteau. The troupe consists of 25 children, some still in treatment, others in remission … It is a huge project that has the great virtue of getting them out of isolation. There is also a real medical work, as singing, dancing, all this optimizes rehabilitation.”
On stage, each child delivers without counting. Still a small bonnet on her head, which she will be able to leave in a few weeks, dances Lys, 14 years Marseillaise. “I did that before. This piece gave me joy. We all support each other. And since I do not go to class anymore, it allowed me to find friends“Next to her, Théo, a former member of the squad, is still present, even six years after his resignation.”I toured Canada with the associationhe remembers. They gave me so much, by coming to see me in my room, by allowing me to play sports again, by teaching me to dance, by giving me the opportunity to meet Richard Bohringer, that I continue with to help them. My turn to give …”
“Sourire à la vie”, an association born in 2004, has over the years become an important part of the childcare process. In her “Lighthouse of Smiles” in L’Estaque, she welcomes them to allow them to breathe between two stays at La Timone. And planning to expand the premises, a place that makes sense and where they can work on the rest of their theater adventures.
“Smile for Life”, 153, Estaque Beach, Marseille. www.sourirealavie.fr