2666 / Roberto Bolaño

To adapt this novel for the stage, I will keep the five-part book structure. Bolaño tries as much as possible to compartmentalize his stories, he also leaves the reader the possibility to establish a link between them. This possibility will be sometimes activated, and sometimes not. The show that will result from this adaptation will last eight or nine hours. I want it to impact the spectator as much as the reader : something huge, impressive, endless, kicky, and sometimes rough. I want to think the show as a complete and total experience, a crossing during which both actors and spectators are involved, while trying to keep the text's power and complexity. Thirteen performers will be on stage, and they will in turns be musicians, actors, narators - when necessary - characters, as we always do. I want to gather all the tools needed to succeed in this great theatrical task - stage direction, lighting, sound and video design.

 

Like in Atomised, I am sure this novel and its language can have a huge powerful impact on stage. I am sure we will be able to say what Bolaño writes in his first novel, Amulet : "... a cemetery in the year 2666, a forgotten cemetery under the eyelid of a corpse or an unborn child, bathed in the dispassionate fluids of an eye that tried so hard to forget one particular thing that it ended up forgetting everything else."

 

 

Julien GOSSELIN, March 2015

 

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2666 Based on  the book 2666 ; Copyright © 2004, The Heirs of Roberto Bolaño All rights reserved / Text published éditions Bourgois (2008)

 

ADAPTATION AND STAGE DIRECTION Julien Gosselin

 

TRANSLATION Robert Amutio

 

WITH  Rémi Alexandre, Guillaume Bachelé, Adama Diop, Joseph Drouet, Denis Eyriey, Antoine Ferron, Noémie Gantier, Carine Goron, Alexandre Lecroc-Lecerf, Frédéric Leidgens, Caroline Mounier, Victoria Quesnel, Tiphaine Raffier

 

MUSICAL DIRECTION Rémi Alexandre, Guillaume Bachelé

 

TECHNICAL MANAGER Antoine Guilloux

 

TECHNICAL MONITORING Julien Boizard

 

SET DESIGNER Hubert Colas ( with Frédéric Viénot)

 

LIGHTING DESIGNER Nicolas Joubert

LIGHTING MANAGER Nicolas Joubert, Arnaud Godest

 

VIDEO DESIGNER Jérémie Bernaert, Pierre Martin

VIDEO SET UP CONSULTING Mehdi Toutain-Lopez

 

SOUND MANAGER Julien Feryn and Melissa Jouvin

 

STAGE MANAGER Simon Haratyk, Guillaume Lepert and Gwenolé Laurent

 

COSTUMES Caroline Tavernier, with Angélique Legrand

 

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Kaspar Tainturier-Fink

 

The set has been built in the Théâtre national de Strasbourg workshops

 

ADMINISTRATION, PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION Eugénie Tesson

TOUR ORGANIZATION & COMMUNICATION Emmanuel Mourmant

ADMINISTRATION Paul Lacour-Lebouvier

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Nicolas Ahssaine

ASSISTANT TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Vianney Brunin

 

PRODUCTION Le Phénix / Scène Nationale de Valenciennes ; Théâtre National de Strasbourg (Représentations au Maillon-Wacken) ; Théâtre National Toulouse - Midi Pyrénées ; Odéon, Théâtre de l’Europe ;  Festival d’Avignon ; MC2,  Scène nationale de Grenoble / Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam ; La Filature, Scène nationale de Mulhouse ; Le Quartz, Scène nationale  de Brest

 

WITH THE EXCEPTIONAL PARTICIPATION of DGCA

 

WITH THE SUPPORT OF La Friche de la Belle de Mai / Marseille ; Montévidéo, Centre de créations contemporaines / Marseille ; Le Grand Sud / Lille

 

WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF Dicréam and SACD Beaumarchais

 

Season 15/16: Le Phénix, Valenciennes / Festival d'Avignon

 

Season 16/17: Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe (Ateliers Berthier) / Théâtre National de Toulouse / Le Quartz, Brest / MC2, Grenoble / Théatre National de Strasbourg + Maillon-Wacken / La Filature, Mulhouse / Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam / Théâtre de Tianjin (Chine)

 

Season 17/18: Festival international de Buenos Aires (Argentine) / Schauspiel Cologne / La Comédie, Clermont-Ferrand