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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.



Theater season 2018/2019
from 03/11/2018 to 04/11/2018
from 08/11/2018 to 09/11/2018
from 13/11/2018 to 16/11/2018
from 20/11/2018 to 23/11/2018

Artistic Data

freely adapted after the story by Marguerite Duras
directed by  Katie Mitchell
script Alice Birch
with aetitia Dosch - the woman, Nick Fletcher - the man, Jasmine Trinca - a narrator
production CICT – Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
associated coproducers Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de la Ville –Paris, Théâtre de Liège
coproducers Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de la Ville –Paris, Théâtre de Liège coproducers MC2 Grenoble, Edinburgh International Festival, Barbican / London, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione, Teatro di Roma-Teatro Nazionale, Teatro Stabile di Torino - Teatro Nazionale, Fondazione Teatro Metastasio – Prato, TANDEM scène nationale


photo Stephen Cummiskey

a production of La maladie de la mort • Production Emilia Romagna Teatro