Julien Gosselin Joueurs | Mao II | Les Noms de Don DeLillo

[Theatre]

After Houellebecq and Bolaño, the director Julien Gosselin continues his scenic exploration of the literature of today and violence in our societies. Based on three novels by the American writer Don DeLillo, this latest production echoes the history of contemporary terrorism.

In 2014, the impact of Particules élémentaires brought Si vous pouviez lécher mon cœur, a young collective lead by Julien Gosselin, into the spotlight. In 2016, with 2666, an adaptation of Roberto Bolaño monumental novel, the director confirmed his taste for torrent-like shows, non theatre-based texts and all-embracing, immersive formats in which music, video and lighting engage spectators in a dazzling aesthetic experience. These productions also saw him digging deeper into themes which have become an integral part of his work – literature, violence, and the ways in which human beings become victims of the underground movements that history and society at large produce. These same themes come to a head in the novels by the Amercian writer Don DeLillo. The three novels Players (1977), Names (1982) and Mao II (1991) – a title borrowed from one of Andy Warhol’s “multiples” - draw upon the inextricable links between individual destiny and collective history. For Gosselin, they make up “a history of terrorism, each in its own way”, and, at times, a wholly premonitory one at that. But they also constitute the basis for a new form: one that is both sum, and sum of its constituent part at the same time. To be discovered separately, or as a whole.
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Estimated running time: 8h (entire work)