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  • The Prince of Homburg

    by Heinrich von Kleist

    Direction
    GIORGIO BARBERIO CORSETTI

    Roma - Avignon

  • > Cour d'honneur du Palais des papes

    Creation 2014

    Running time 2h15

  • Prices : from €38 to €10 (cat.2)

    "Le Prince de Hombourg" is published by les éditions Actes Sud, collection Babel, translated by Ruth Orthmann and Éloi Recoing.

 

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Directed by young people from collège Anselme Mathieu Festival d'Avignon

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Presentation

  • Who is really Friedrich Wilhelm von Homburg? A prince blessed by the gods? A man beloved by his beautiful cousin? A character who struggles to escape his own dreams? An accidental hero? The Prince of Homburg is a deliberately political play, a message sent by Heinrich von Fleist to the Hohenzollern family to incite them to declare war on Napoleon and free the German lands under his control. Today, for Giorgio Barberio Corsetti, the stakes are different, the historical aspect of the play isn't so important. The questions that constantly arise from it make it a permanent enigma, and the Italian director helps us decipher it, scene by scene, line by line; he makes us hear its strange combination of excessiveness and precision, of dream and reality. The reality of death, always on the prowl, dictating the way battles go. The reality of death caused by one's sense of duty and by the application of the law. Kleist talks of the disobedience of a prince and of his condemnation, of his dreams and of this parallel world he dreams up. Giorgio Barberio Corsetti shows us a play whose triumph lies in its unconscious, where “the rhythm of language is as important as its meaning.” The Prince of Homburg is a tragedy made of flashes of brilliance, of fragmentations, of chiaroscuros... A play made for the Cour d'honneur.

    Having worked as a director for the theatre, the opera, and the circus, Giorgio Barberio Corsetti likes to mix different elements in order to enhance what representations. Bodies, voices, texts, machines, videos all play a part in the creation of his ambitious shows, which he likes to present both in theatres and in situ. A lover of literary, dramatic, and philosophical works, he has given voice, since 1976 in Italy, France, Portugal, the Netherlands, or Singapore, to the texts of Thomas Mann, George Büchner, Shakespeare, Molière, Ovid, Dimitris Dimitriadis, Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, Vladimir Mayakovsky, or Chrétien de Troyes, with a certain partiality for Franz Kafka. It is as a tribute to him that he changed the name of his company to Fattore K. in 2001. He has accepted Olivier Py's proposition to open the 68th edition of the Festival d'Avignon with a production of The Prince of Homburg in the Cour d'honneur of the Palais des papes, once again defending what he considers the only thing that matters when it comes to the theatre: poetry.

    What a life Heinrich von Kleist had: born in 1777 and dead by suicide in 1811, he was by turns a soldier, a jurisconsult, a poet, a short story writer, a philosopher, a publicist, and a letter writer. A Romantic who didn't conform to the clichés of Romanticism, fascinated by Immanuel Kant and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, he was also a restless traveller who crossed Europe from one end to the other, desperate and alone. He wrote nine very different plays between 1803—The Schroffenstein Family—and 1810—The Prince of Homburg. Today he is seen as the one who managed to marry, in a classical style, the real and subjectivity.

    Jean-François Perrier, April 2014

  • Distribution

    Direction Giorgio Barberio Corsetti
    Scenography Giorgio Barberio Corsetti et Massimo Troncanetti
    Music Gianfranco Tedeschi
    Video Igor Renzetti
    Images Lorenzo Bruno et Alessandra Solimene
    Lighting Marco Giusti
    Sound Frédéric Vienot
    Costumes Moïra Douguet  assisted by Camille Guéret
    Make-up by Sylvie Cailler © Portrait de nuit
    Direction assistant Raquel Silva
    Setting made inside the workshops of the Festival d'Avignon
    Technical Festival d'Avignon

    With
    Jean Alibert le colonel Kottwitz
    Anne Alvaro l'Électrice
    Clément Bresson le comte de Hohenzollern
    Anthony Devaux le comte Georges de Sparren
    Luc-Antoine Diquéro l'Électeur Frédéric Guillaume
    Xavier Gallais le prince de Hombourg
    Hervé Guerrisi Siegfried de Mörner
    Éléonore Joncquez la princesse Nathalie d'Orange
    Maximin Marchand le comte Truchss
    Geoffrey Perrin le capitaine de cavalerie Golz
    Julien Roy le maréchal Dörfling
    Gonzague Van Bervesseles le comte Reuss

     

    Production

    Production Festival d'Avignon
    Coproduction France Télévisions, Les Gémeaux Scène nationale de Sceaux, Théâtre de Liège, Théâtre Liberté Toulon
    With the help of FIJAD and SPEDIDAM
    With the support of Adami and of Fonds d'Insertion pour Jeunes Artistes Dramatiques, DRAC et Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
    Thanks to the Compagnie Fatttore K, the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Comédie-Française,  Vittoria Sipone

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