Christmas 2012, Édouard meets Reda, a young and good looking Kabyle. He invites him home and they spend a passionate night. Then the tryst becomes a nightmare. Reda turns violent, attacks Édouard, rapes him and tries to strangle him.

Thomas Ostermeier, director of the Schaubühne in Berlin, has taken Édouard Louis’ second autobiographical novel and collaborating with the author, has adapted the text for theatre. He has maintained the literary mechanisms of the book and has highlighted them by projecting images captured on the actors’ mobile telephones onto the almost completely bare set which serves as apartment, hospital, police station, street, and Édouard’s sister’s apartment. Thus the director visually translates the essential subjects of the book: outpourings of rage and suffering; violence and societal homophobia; racism experienced by Reda: all together the roots of evil.

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Cast

  • Direction
    Thomas Ostermeier

    From
    Histoire de la violence de Édouard Louis

    Collaboration Direction
    David Stöhr

    Set and costume design
    Nina Wetzel

    Music
    Nils Ostendorf

    Video
    Sébastien Dupouey

    Dramaturgy
    Florian Borchmeyer

    Lighting design
    Michael Wetzel

  • Collaboration choregraphy
    Johanna Lemke

    With
    Christoph Gawenda
    Laurenz Laufenberg
    Renato Schuch
    Alina Stiegler

    Musician 
    Thomas Witte

     

    Co-production
    Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, St. Ann’s Warehouse Brooklyn

    With the support of
    Lotto Stiftung Berlin, Goethe-Institut Brüssel​​​​​​​

Calendar

  • Wednesday
    20:15
    Grande Salle
  • Thursday
    20:15
    Grande Salle
    Midi de la poésie / Édouard Louis - 12:40
  • Friday
    20:15
    Grande Salle
  • Saturday
    20:15
    Grande Salle
  • Sunday
    15:00
    Grande Salle
    Kids Brunch from 12:00

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