La maladie de la mort
(The Malady of death)
Premiere: Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris, 16/01/2018
About this event
Katie Mitchell, one of the world’s most influential and iconoclastic theatre makers, presents her own uncompromising stage adaptation of the provocative novella by Marguerite Duras. Duras’ 1982 psychological thriller focuses on an unnamed man who hires a woman to spend several weeks with him in a hotel by the sea, hoping to experience love. She is allowed to visit him only at night and cannot speak to him unless invited to.
This radical adaptation reveals the inner landscapes of both characters through a live cinema and theatre experience. It combines a theatre production performed live, with a film generated and edited in real time and projected on a large screen above the set.
British director Katie Mitchell has reshaped the culture of theatre in a body of radical work across Europe since the 1990s. She creates minutely observed, emotionally intense pieces that keep working on your mind long after they have been seen, and has long explored the intersection between theatre and film.
photo Stephen Cummiskey