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Qui a tué mon père

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


Try-Out

»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: »You can no longer get behind the wheel, are no longer allowed to drink, can no longer shower unaided without it presenting an enormous risk. You’re just over fifty. You belong to the precise category of people for whom politics has envisaged a premature death.« 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. A polemical and rebellious pamphlet against forgetting, exclusion and the physical violence of a class-ridden society — 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.

Édouard Louis (*1992, Hallencourt) is an author and philosopher. Already during his studies of sociology he published his internationally acclaimed autobiographical novels »The End of Eddy« (2015) and »History of Violence« (2018). In 2014 he was awarded the Pierre Guénin Prize. In 2018 he held the Samuel Fischer Guest Professorship for Literature at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Video Design: Sébastien Dupouey
Collaboration Video Design: Marie Sanchez
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.

 

FIND is supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berlin

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