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Die Kabale der Scheinheiligen. Das Leben des Hern de Molière © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Die Kabale der Scheinheiligen. Das Leben des Herrn de Molière © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Die Kabale der Scheinheiligen. Das Leben des Herrn de Molière © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Die Kabale der Scheinheiligen. Das Leben des Herrn de Molière © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Die Kabale der Scheinheiligen. Das Leben des Herrn de Molière © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Die Kabale der Scheinheiligen. Das Leben des Herrn de Molière © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Die Kabale der Scheinheiligen. Das Leben des Herrn de Molière © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Die Kabale der Scheinheiligen. Das Leben des Herrn de Molière © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Die Kabale der Scheinheiligen. Das Leben des Herrn de Molière © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Die Kabale der Scheinheiligen. Das Leben des Hern de Molière © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Die Kabale der Scheinheiligen. Das Leben des Hern de Molière © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Die Kabale der Scheinheiligen. Das Leben des Hern de Molière © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Die Kabale der Scheinheiligen. Das Leben des Hern de Molière © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Die Kabale der Scheinheiligen. Das Leben des Hern de Molière © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Die Kabale der Scheinheiligen. Das Leben des Hern de Molière © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Die Kabale der Scheinheiligen. Das Leben des Hern de Molière © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Die Kabale der Scheinheiligen. Das Leben des Hern de Molière © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Die Kabale der Scheinheiligen. Das Leben des Hern de Molière © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

 

Presentation

  • In order to shine a light on and playfully question the relationship between the artist and political power, Frank Castorf calls on two figures. Two? Four? Many more than that. First: Mikhail Bulgakov, writer whose books weren't published, director whose plays weren't performed. Then: Molière, author, actor, and company director recognised and pampered by the court, until his downfall. Then their judges: Stalin for the former, Louis XIV for the latter. Multifaceted figures, they are also actual people that Molière and Bulgakov know personally. The Frenchman responds to a commission from the king with The Impromptu at Versailles. The Russian uses it as a reference to create, three hundred years later, The Cabal of Hypocrites and The Life of Monsieur de Molière. But the famous German director wouldn't content himself with Bulgakov's texts alone. He opens Die Kabale der Scheinheiligen to other greats, from Racine to Fassbinder, and enriches it with dialogues created during rehearsals... A way for him to comment on his own relationship to a German power that recently removed him as director of the Volksbühne, the “People's Theatre”. Now that everything seems to be allowed, what remains of censorship? Who does the artist have to entertain, to get the credit he deserves?

     

    Frank Castorf
    Frank Castorf was born in East Berlin in 1951. After writing a thesis on Eugène Ionesco, he became a dramatist, then a director, in various theatres, the subversive character of his shows bringing him notoriety. He founded his own company in Anklam in 1981, adapting and directing texts by Heiner Müller, Antonin Artaud, William Shakespeare, and Bertolt Brecht, incurring the wrath of censors. Frank Castorf kept his independence when the fall of the Berlin Wall allowed him to create shows in West Germany and throughout Europe, where he was recognised for his unique approach to novelistic, philosophical, and dramatic texts, which he brought together with panache and a sharpness of tone. Named director of the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin in 1992, he remained the bad boy of the most prestigious theatres and opera houses in Europe, using texts by the greatest authors (Sophocles, Dostoyevsky, Chekhov, Strindberg, Beckett, Kleist...) to loudly question the order of the world. After his visits to the Festival d'Avignon in 2004 with Pitigrilli's Cocaine and in 2007 with Céline's North, Frank Castorf reunites with Mikhail Bulgakov, the Russian genius whose Master and Margarita he directed in 2002.

     

    Mikhaïl Bulgakov
    Born in Kiev in 1891, Mikhail Bulgakov first worked as a doctor, and wrote his first novels while serving in the White Army. Starting in 1920, he decided to dedicate himself to writing and to theatre. Condemned as pessimistic and reactionary by the regime, his first play led to many of his books and shows being denied publication or production. As an assistant director at the Moscow Art Theatre, he wrote The Cabal of Hypocrites (1930) and The Life of Monsieur de Molière (1932), in which he began his reflection about the relationship between art and power. He continued it in a satirical autobiography, A Dead Man's Memoir: A Theatrical Novel (1936), and expanded it fully in his masterpiece, The Master and Margarita, which he began writing in 1929, continuing to work on it until his death in 1940.

  • Distribution

    Texts Mikhaïl Boulgakov, Pierre Corneille, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Molière, Jean Racine
    Translation Thomas Reschke
    Direction Frank Castorf
    Dramaturgy Sebastian Kaiser
    Music Sir Henry
    Stage design Aleksandar Denic
    Lights Lothar Baumgarte
    Video Andreas Deinert, Mathias Klütz, Kathrin Krottenthaler
    Sound Klaus Dobbrick, Tobias Gringel
    Costumes Adriana Braga

    With Jeanne Balibar, Jean-Damien Barbin, Frank Büttner, Jean Chaize, Brigitte Cuvelier, Georg Friedrich, Patrick Güldenberg, Sir Henry, Hann Hilsdorf, Rocco Mylord, Sophie Rois, Lars Rudolph, Alexander Scheer, Daniel Zillmann

    Production

    Production Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
    With the support of Goethe Institut / Ministère allemand des Affaires étrangères for the 71st edition of the Festival d'Avignon

    Le Roman de Monsieur de Molière by Mikhaïl Bulgakov, translated by Michel Pétris, is published by Éditions Gallimard

    La Cabale des dévots by Mikhaïl Bulgakov, translation by Jean-Louis Chavarot, Françoise Flamant, Christiane Rouquet and Édith Scherrer, is published in Le Maître et Marguerite et autres romans suivi de Théâtre, Oeuvres II by Éditions Gallimard in the collection Bibliothèque de la Pléiade (n°505)

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