A true star with more than a hundred films and cult roles to her name along with awards at Cannes and Venice, Isabelle Huppert comes to the OCC to perform a sensational recital of transformations.
She becomes the goddess Aphrodite and queen Phaedra of myth, a sacred prostitute, a love-struck suicide, an uncompromising modern woman and a living icon to self-destructive passion. Because Phaedra(s) is a playfully magnificent (and magnificently playful) meditation on love through the ages, which takes Euripides, Senecca and three of our contemporary novelists as its multiple starting points. It is the brainchild of one of the leading directors of our time: the Polish iconoclast, Krzysztof Warlikowski.
Boxing up his eight-member cast in an architectural stage set of unparalleled beauty, Warlikowski presents us with an idiosyncratic elegy to love, fusing scenes from Hitchcock’s Psycho and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema with electric guitar riffs and incendiary performances from an exceptional cast headed by Huppert.
Phaedra(s) is an iconoclastic production based on an intricate mosaic of texts which draws equally on ancient Greek myth, pop culture, philosophy and contemporary politics. Extracts from two ancient tragedies—Euripides’ Hippolytus and Seneca’s Phaedra—are combined with three contemporary works: Phaedra’s Love by the emblematic British Nineties dramatist and suicide, Sarah Kane, the novel Elizabeth Costello by the South African Nobel prize-winner J.M. Coetzee, and texts by the Canadian-Lebanese author Wajdi Mouawad.
Wednesday 21 December
Masterclass by Krzysztof Warlikowski
After performance talk with Krzysztof Warlikowski and Isabelle Huppert
Chaired by Grigoris Ioannidis, theatre critic and assistant professor of Drama Studies, University of Athens
Texts: Wajdi Mouawad / Sarah Kane / J.M. Coetzee
Direction: Krzysztof Warlikowski
Dramaturgy: Piotr Gruszczyński
Sets & Costumes: Małgorzata Szczęśniak
Lighting: Felice Ross
Incidental Music: Paweł Mykietyn
Video: Denis Guéguin
Choreographies: Claude Bardouil, Rosalba Torres Guerrero
Make-up, hair & wigs: Sylvie Cailler, Jocelyne Milazzo
Sound: Thierry Jousse
Composition of on-stage music: Bruno Helstroffer
With: Isabelle Huppert, Agata Buzek, Andrzej Chyra, Alex Descas, Gaël Kamilindi, Norah Krief, Grégoire Léauté, Rosalba Torres Guerrero
Assistant director: Christophe Sermet
Associate costume designer: Géraldine Ingremau
Trainee assistant director: Matthieu Dandreau
Script coach for Andrzej Chyra: Maciej Krysz
Puppeteers: Coralie Leguevaque, Claire Vialon
Jewellery: Marina Gendre
Furs: Frédéric Keskinides
Animal sculpture: Gladys Le Bihan
Costume manufacture: Atelier de création du Moulin Rouge
Set construction: Atelier de construction de l'Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe
Music recording: Paweł Mykietyn (electronic music), Paweł Stankiewicz (electric guitar), Sebastian Wielądek (ney and toumberleki)
Sound recording: Jarek Regulski
The song Al-Atlal,with lyrics by the poet Ibrahim Nagi, was set to music by Riad Sunbati for the legendary diva, Oum Kalthoum
World première: 17 March 2016, Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe, Paris
Production: Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe
Co-production: Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand—Scène nationale (France), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Théâtre de Liège (Belgium), Barbican—London & LIFT (UK), Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens (Greece)
With the support of the Polish Institute, Paris
Acknowledgements: Wander & wonder—objet de lumière modulable
With the generous support of Crystal Equipement
Isabelle Huppert’s costumes feature in association with Les Maisons Dior, Givenchy Saint-Laurent by Hedi Slimane
Simard Agence Artistique inc. handles the theatrical texts of Wajdi Mouawad.
L'Arche publishes and handles the play L'Amour de Phèdre by Sarah Kane (in its French translation by Séverine Magois).
© 2003 by J.M. Coetzee (in its French translation by Catherine Lauga du Plessis for Éditions du Seuil).
by Wajdi Mouawad was published by Leméac/Actes in Sud-Papiers, March 2016
Scenes from the films
Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock, 1960, USA © Shamley Productions Inc.
Frances by Graeme Clifford, 1982, USA © StudioCanal Films Ltd
Teorema by Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1968, Italy © Exclusive distribution for France, Sidonis production
Surtitles translation: Louiza Mitsakou
21 Dec 2016
Cost: 15 €
Masterclass by Krzysztof Warlikowski