In the Solitude of Cotton Fields

In the Solitu
de of Cotton Fi
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By Bernard-Marie Koltès / Directed by Christiane Jatahy

Brazilian director Christiane Jatahy makes her Thalia debut, opening the 2017/18 season with her production of Bernard Marie Koltès’ ‘In the Loneliness of the Cotton Fields’, an extraordinary experiment for actors on the stage.

 

Inspired by a trip to Brazil, the French author wrote a play in 1987 about an evening encounter between a salesman and his client, putting the negotiation itself at the very heart of the piece. It is a game. A salesman makes his client an offer, throwing down the gauntlet with one primary aim: a capitalist debate on basic principles, that reveals more about the laws of the market than about the goods themselves. Jatahy’s game design sees people from different cultures interacting, representing various value systems. In an attempt for reciprocal familiarisation with this value system, there emerges a multi-layered sampling of worlds and a struggle for understanding. Jatahy takes this piece, originally written for two performers, and stages it with lots of actors, whom she prepares for encounters with the unknown during rehearsals.

 

Working with the Thalia ensemble, she connects this theatre evening with her performance film installation, ‘Moving People’, which can be found at Hamburg harbour as part of the 2017 Theater der Welt festival. Koltè’s piece triggers an interplay between reality and fiction.

 

Christiane Jatahy came to Thalia for the 2014 Lessingtage, with her loose adaptation of Strindberg’s ‘Fräulein Julie’ (‘JULIA’) and is currently an artiste associée at the Odéon¬Théâtre de l’Europe in Paris, the Le Centquatre¬ Paris and Belgium’s Theatre National Wallonie¬Bruxelles.

 

Premiere 16th September 2017, Thalia Gauß

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