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Qui a tué mon père

(Who killed my father)
by and with Édouard Louis
Staging: Thomas Ostermeier
Globe


»Throughout my entire childhood, I hoped you’d disappear.« — The disgust with which he regards his violent, alcoholic, rightwing father, whose homophobic outbursts traumatised him for life as he was growing up gay in the French provinces, lies deep in Édouard Louis. But when, in his most recent text, the French writer confronts his now seriously ill father, his anger is transformed into compassion: The apparent perpetrator has become a victim. His propensity for violence now appears to be more a consequence of continuously suffered humiliation and social brutality. Using the broken body of his father as a starting point, Louis undertakes a defiant rewrite of the recent political and social history of France. It is a chronicle of an ongoing murder, of a deliberate mutilation by neo-liberal »reforms« and their brutality against the workers who are forced to experience their consequences in their own bodies — and, at the same time, an intimate declaration of love to a person who makes it almost impossible to love him. Following their collaboration on the adaptation of his novel »History of Violence«, Édouard Louis is bringing a try out directed by Thomas Ostermeier to the stage and is appearing for the first time as a performer in one of his own works.

Video: Sébastien Dupouey, Marie Sanchez
Production/Dramaturgy: Elisa Leroy
Costume Design: Caroline Tavernier
Music: Sylvain Jacques
Dramaturgy: Florian Borchmeyer
Lighting Design: Erich Schneider

With: Édouard Louis


Co-production with the Théâtre de la Ville Paris. Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berlin. With kind support of Institut français Deutschland and Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.

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