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Ibsen Huis © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

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Presentation

  • The characters who come on stage all share a silhouette. Are they cousins, sisters, daughters and sons of a unique character imagined by Henrik Ibsen? What does the mother-house imagined by Simon Stone reveal? From a central place, a nourishing centre that presides over the immensity of the stage of the courtyard of the lycée Saint-Joseph, the Australian director has decided to propose a flat-pack architecture modelled on a genealogy: each chapter in the life of this family is a room, he house peels and opens like a fruit, the audience move from one work to the next. By re-exploring the dramaturgic continuity, he returns, with this Ibsen huis, to the central questions of a family going through a crisis, to the wounds that haven't healed. Bedroom, kitchen, or attic carry within themselves traumas and struggles, but also happy memories. Starting from his own experience, Simon Stone brings together the lives of modern people and a bestiary of characters dear to Ibsen: those who pull away the sheet that covers the lies of everyday life. Stage writing, handpicked actors, multifaceted dramaturgies that play with the last two centuries in the history of theatre... Ibsen huis is a play that blazes a new dramatic trail to continue questioning Man and his survival instinct. How do we fight to keep going in an abnormal world, when abnormal situations were the norm until now?

     

    Simon Stone
    The Australian actor, director, and writer Simon Stone was born in Basel and studied in Cambridge. He returned to Australia in 2007 to create the Hayloft Project. The first play by his company, Frank Wedekind's Spring Awakening, was a major success and quickly established his reputation abroad. It was followed by Chekhov's Platonov and Seneca's Thyestes. The performance of Ibsen's The Wild Duck at the Holland Festival in 2013 was enthusiastically received. Simon Stone likes to work on plays from the repertoire which he leads, with help from his team, towards more intimate territories, on the edge of cinematographic performance. Starting with the characters, he doesn't so much rewrite the plays as build scenari based on improvisation. An avid reader of mythology and classical authors, he believes in the power of those texts to elevate the questioning of the human condition: “One can't make theatre based on fear and compromises. Without argument, there is no art.” His first feature film, The Daughter (inspired by Ibsen's The Wild Duck) was released in 2016. Simon Stone will be appearing for the first time at the Festival d'Avignon.

     

    Henrik Ibsen
    Henrik Ibsen was a Norwegian playwright (1828-1906). Born in a family of merchants whose business was failing due to his father's unfortunate investments, he started out as an apprentice pharmacist and medicine student, before dedicating himself to writing. His first play, Catilina, was published in 1849, at his own expense. Named director of the Christian Teater, he resigned to move to Rome. There, he wrote Brand, then Peer Gynt, which met with acclaim in Norway and inspired the composer Edvard Grieg. He published A Doll's House in 1879, and Ghosts two years later. He followed them up with five other plays which finished to make him famous: An Enemy of the People, The Wild Duck, Rosmersholm, The Lady from the Sea, and Hedda Gabler. He then made a triumphant return to Norway, twenty-seven years after his departure. Henrik Ibsen paid particularly close attention to family dramas, to the things left unsaid that could derail destinies.

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    Text and direction Simon Stone
    Dramaturgy et translation Peter van Kraaij
    Music Stefan Gregory
    Stage design Lizzie Clachan
    Lights James Farncombe
    Costumes An D'Huys
    Assistant director Nina de la Parra

    With Claire Bender, Janni Goslinga, Aus Greidanus jr., Maarten Heijmans, Eva Heijnen, Hans Kesting, Bart Klever, Maria Kraakman, Celia Nufaar, David Roos, Bart Slegers

    Production

    Production Toneelgroep Amsterdam
    With the support of Gert-Jan and Corinne van den Bergh and for the 71st edition of the Festival d'Avignon : Dutch Performing Arts Fund

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