Théâtre National

Histoire de la violence

Im Herzen der Gewalt

Édouard Louis, Thomas Ostermeier

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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.

Image
©Arno Declair

Info

Language

de, surtitles fr

Venue

Grande Salle

Duration

120’

Surrounding the show

Kids Brunch 22.09.2019 - from 12:00

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