Bajazet, considerando O Teatro e a Peste

byFrank Castorf (Alemanha)
Jean Racine, Antonin Artaud
4 - 5 apr 2021
fri and sat, 7 pm
stage direction and adaptation Frank Castorf
text Jean Racine, Antonin Artaud 
with quotes of Pascal, Dostoievski
with Adama Diop, Claire Sermonne, Jean-Damien Barbin, Jeanne Balibar, Mounir Margoum Andreas Deinert (live camera)
music William Minke
scenography Aleksandar Denic
costumes Adriana Braga Peretzki
light design Lothar Baumgarte
video Andreas Deinert
stage direction Martine Staerk, Véronique Kespi (alternating)
machinery Stéphane Devantéry
light operation Jean-Baptiste Boutte
sound operation Jan-Yves Coïc, Ludovic Guglielmazzi (alternating)
perchist Glenn Zao
video operation Nicolas Gerlier, Victor Hunziker (alternating)
dressing room assistant Clara Ognibene
executive production Elizabeth Gay
staging assistance Hanna Lasserre, Camille Logoz Camille Roduit (interns)
scenography assistant Maude Bovey (intern)
wardrobe assistance Sabrina Bosshard
production Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, MC93 – Maison de la Culture de Seine Saint-Denis
coproduction ExtraPôle Région SUD and Grand Théâtre de Provence with support of Friche Belle de Mai; Festival d’Automne à Paris; Théâtre National de Strasbourg - Maillon; Théâtre de Strasbourg, scène européenne; TANDEM Scène nationale, Douai; Bonlieu, Scène nationale Annecy; TNA / Teatro Nacional Argentino, Teatro Cervantes; Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione
support Institut français à Paris, Institut français du Portugal, Embaixada de França em Portugal, Pro Helvetia – Swiss Foundation for the culture

With the financial support of the PEPS project under the European cross-border cooperation program Interreg France-Suisse 2014-2020.

Performance premiered on October 30, 2019, at the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne (Switzerland).
Theatre that considers itself a proof of liberty

The creator of uncompromising theatre that considers itself proof of liberty and doesn’t shirk from human contradictions, Frank Castorf, one of the most emblematic figures in German theatre, revisits Jean Racine’s Bajazet in French and confronts it with Antonin Artaud’s essay O Teatro e a Peste.

In this performance, Castorf brings to the fore what these two poets have in common: the spoken world. If in Racine this works like the arm with which heroes manage to free themselves from the straitjackets that constrain them, for Artaud the reinvention of language brings freedom from what is imposed through birth, society and language.

Bajazet unfolds between the four walls of the sultan of Constantinople’s seraglio when he is away.  For each character, true love enters into conflict with political ambitions and transforms the full experience of passion into something synonymous with death.  The tragedy shows humankind’s fallible spirit and that pure feelings are an impossibility.  Adapting Racine, Castorf transports us from one century to another and brings together two great authors who rouse our inner demons.

Performed in French with Portuguese surtitles.
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