A sensorial voyage to the limits of art and madness
“Ce spectacle est comme l’ultime geste, d’une pureté et d’une densité souveraines, d’un maître qui élève son art à son essence la plus radicale.” Le Monde
“Hypnotised” La Libération
“Every word an unknown planet and a macabre cantata” Les Echos
“Freezing with darkness” Le Parisien
“All roads lead to black decay.” (Grodek, Georg Trakl) The madness and horror of war have rarely been so powerfully described as in Georg Trakl’s 1914 poem. The carnage he witnessed as a young Austrian army medical officer in the bloody defeat of Russian forces at the start of WW1 was apocalyptic. His death by drug overdose followed shortly after, almost certainly suicide. He was 27.
Trakl’s short life was full of contradictions. He experienced incest, was a drug addicted alcoholic obsessed with self-destruction, and yet driven by a strong Christian faith. Frequently compared to Rimbaud for his youthful genius, he wrote a lifetime of image-rich and taboo-breaking verse in the space of just six years.
In 2016, at the age of 93, “national treasure” French theatre and film director Claude Régy chose to stage Trakl’s harrowing poem Dream and Derangement (Traum und Umnachtung). He saw in its radical energy, craziness, silence and darkness the essence of his own creativity. Still the undisputed master of contemporary drama productions, Régy was the first to mount plays by Harold Pinter, Peter Handke, Nathalie Sarraute and Sarah Kane in France. He has directed every famous French actor from Jeanne Moreau and Isabelle Huppert to Gérard Depardieu.
Dream and Derangement is a total, immersive experience. Flawlessly performed by Yann Boudaud, it conjures a very special atmosphere, its language incandescent, feverish and dense, its long silences exquisitely eloquent. It speaks the unspeakable, about life and death.
The audience will experience the performance in a dimly lit auditorium. From the entrance of the audience until after the performance is finished, the lighting of the venue will be kept at a low level.
Marc Petit and Jean-Claude Schneider
Approx 1 hr with no interval
Latecomers will not be admitted
Performed in French with Chinese and English surtitles
Recommended for ages 16 and above
Artist Salon and Documentary Screening:
The Art & Vision of Claude Régy
11 Mar 2018 6:00–8:00pm