VOLKSBÜHNE
Berlin

21.02.18

German debut of Claude Régy's Rêve et Folie

Rêve et Folie © Pascal Victor

On 2-3 March, Rêve et Folie (Dream and Derangement), the latest production from French director Claude Régy, will be shown at the Volksbühne and make its debut in Germany. After its celebrated premiere at the Festival d’Automne 2016 in Paris, the 93-year-old director announced his retirement from the theatre.

The fact that poet Georg Trakl’s work is at the centre of this piece shows Régy’s affinity for independent radicals and the early modern period. His epic poem Rêve et Folie is a dream of evil constructed out of language. It sketches out the environment of its main character as an chaotic inferno in which he’s hounded by demons that take on the shape of animals or elements like fire and storms. “Every syllable is a drama, every pause is an eclipse of humanity. This is when the theatre shows how enthralling the fading of a human fate in the shadow of extinct tragedy can be.” (Süddeutsche Zeitung on 30.1.2017). With this piece, Régy is returning to Berlin after a long absence, the last production of his performed here was Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis with Isabelle Huppert in 2005.

Claude Régy, born 1923, belongs to the most important European directors of modern theatre. Since the 60s he has focused on the material character of literary texts. In an affable fashion he thus unlocks for the audience plays from contemporary authors like Marguerite Duras, Nathalie Sarraute, Harold Pinter, Botho Strauß, Jon Fosse and Sarah Kane.

Claude Régy
Rêve et Folie
2 March, 8 pm
3 March, 6 and 9 pm
With Yann Boudaud

With the kind support of the Institut français and the French Ministry of Culture / DGCA.

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