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Day by day program / June, 2010


Le Père

"A dead father would have been perhaps a better father. The best father is stillborn. Grass grows over the border ever anew. Again and again the grass that grows over the border must be torn out."

And so opens the autobiographical tale by the author Heiner Müller. Beginning during the Nazi regime, ending under communist rule, Le Père spans a lifetime and seizes a history of Germany. This abrupt and intimate text explores the relationship between son and father in ten fragments, or, more precisely, their immeasurable distance. Following the monodrama Cassandre based on the text by Christa Wolf, the opera Galilei adapted from Bertolt Brecht, Michael Jarrell meets the dense and violent language of the German playwright Heiner Müller, one of the contemporary authors most present in musical creation -- as can be seen in works by Pascal Dusapin, Wolfgang Rihm, Georges Aperghis, and Heiner Goebbels.

Directed by André Wilms, the musical theater of Le Père features an actor, a vocal ensemble, the Percussions de Strasbourg, electronic sound processing and spatialization. Master of minute transitions, Michael Jarrell composes appearances and disappearances, shadows, or the fragmented projections of individual and collective memories.


Music Michael Jarrell | Text Heiner Müller Le Père | Trainslation Jean Jourdheuil (Éditions de Minuit) | Director André Wilms | Assistant Director Céline Gaudier | Lighting Hervé Audibert | Video Stéphane Gatti | Set & Costume Design Adriane Westerbarkey | Assistant Set & Costume Design Stéphanie Rauch | IRCAM Computer Music Design Serge Lemouton | IRCAM Sound Engineer Sylvain Cadars | Actor Gilles Privat | Singers Susanne Leitz-Lorey soprano, Raminta Babickaite mezzo-soprano, Truike van der Poel alto | Les Percussions de Strasbourg

With the support of the Réseau Varèse, subsidized by the European Commission Culture program, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Festival de Schwetzingen, produced with the Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet.
With the support of the SACD and Pro Helvetia, Swiss foundation for culture.

Performance broadcast by France Musique on Monday, September 20 during the Lundis de la contemporaine magazine presented by Arnaud Merlin.

Photo: Le Père, model of stage set © Stéphanie Rauch

From Thursday, 17 to Saturday, June 19, 8pm / Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet, Grande Salle

  • Tickets Full-Price 30€, Discount 24€, Agora Pass 21€
  • Around the event: Images of a Work #8, June, Friday 18 at 7pm, Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet, salle Christian Bérard