Daria Deflorian

La vegetariana

Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe – Ateliers Berthier
novembernov 8 – 16

French premiere


In Italian, with French surtitles

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Based on the novel of the same name by Han Kang (Poche 2016). Adapted by Daria Deflorian, Francesca Marciano. Co-created by Daria Deflorian, Paolo Musio, Monica Piseddu, Gabriele Portoghese. Space Daniele Spanò. Lighting design Giulia Pastore. Sound design Emanuele Pontecorvo. Costumes Metella Raboni. Project collaboration Attilio Scarpellini. Assistant director Andrea Pizzalis. Direction Daria Deflorian. Production, organisation, administration Valentina Bertolino, Silvia Parlani, Grazia Sgueglia. Communication Francesco Di Stefano.

Production INDEX ; Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione ; La Fabbrica dell’Attore – Teatro Vascello avec Romaeuropa Festival ; La Fondazione TPE – Teatro Piemonte Europa ; Triennale Milano
Coproduction Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe ; Théâtre Garonne – Scène européenne ; Festival d’Automne à Paris 
With the support of MiC – Ministero della Cultura
Based on Han Kang, La Végétarienne, Le Livre de Poche, 2016
With the support of the Italian Cultural Institute in Paris

The Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe and the Festival d’Automne à Paris are co-producers of this show and present it as a co-realisation. 

By means of a family portrait, The Vegetarian, a masterpiece of South Korean literature, charts a dizzying map of violence, be it physical, psychological, or political. Tapping into the the power of the text itself, Daria Deflorian and her onstage companions tease from out of it the stuff of a theatrical elixir.

Yonghye, a housewife with little passion for anything besides keeping the house in meticulous order, and her husband, a pallid employee wholly lacking in ambition, carry on living their uneventful lives until the day when Yonghye frantically throws away all the meat from the freezer. This act signifies beginning the story of a form of normality which breaks down, in an inexorable manner, from within. It then goes off-rail, sending out seismic, almost supernatural shockwaves. In contrast to the title of the play, the plot retraces, in an offset way, via several narrators, a wide-reaching history of the human flesh. By means of language which is both sensual and provocative, at the frontier between the rawness of reality and the wonders of the imagination, Daria Deflorian transforms this disturbing universe into living art. She uses light and sound to create spaces that are by turns real, abstract or mental. Within these different spaces, a masterful quartet of performers brings to the stage complex beings at odds with their own exaltation and disappointment, and who seek to live a different life than the human one.