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Eugène Ionesco

Exit the King

Original title: Le Roi se meurt

Production:
Les Arts et Mouvants, Cie à l’endroit des mondes allant vers (France)
Co-production:
EX PONTO Festival Kulturno Društvo B-51 (Slovenia) / Théâtre d’Esch (Luxemburg) / National Drama Theater Ljubljana (Slovenia) / International Festival Theater MOT (Macedonia)/ Scène Nationale Bayonne Sud-Aquitain (France)
Supported by:
Culturesfrance, Ministry of Culture of Slovenian Republic, Town of Ljubljana and funding received from Romanian Cultural Institute through Cantemir Programme, Bucharest French Embassy and French Institute (Rumania) / UNITER (Rumania) and BRD Société Générale Group, principal partner of performance in Bucharest

Director

Silviu Purcărete

Opening night

16 September 2010
Main Stage

Duration:

80 minutes

Creators

Creative team

COMPOSER

Vasile Șirli

Drama Igralec: Vasile Șirli | odpri ustvarjalca

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Stéphane Raveyre

Drama Igralec: Stéphane Raveyre | odpri ustvarjalca

SET DESIGNER

Silviu Purcărete

Drama Igralec: Silviu Purcărete | odpri ustvarjalca

COSTUME DESIGNER

Jayne Morley

Drama Igralec: Jayne Morley | odpri ustvarjalca

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Silviu Purcărete

Drama Igralec: Silviu Purcărete | odpri ustvarjalca

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Marc Chikitou

Drama Igralec: Marc Chikitou | odpri ustvarjalca

SOUND DESIGNER

Januš Aleš Luznar

Drama Igralec: Januš Aleš Luznar | odpri ustvarjalca

Cast

Jacques Bourgaux

King

Karelle Prugnaud

Queen Marguerite

Marie Cayrol

Queen Mary

Laurent Schuh

Doctor

Daphne Millefoa

Juliet

Vojko ZidarDrama Igralec: Vojko Zidar | odpri igralca

The Guard

Exit the King takes place in the Goethe filiation, as a natural sequel of Faust (created in 2008 and performed in Edinburgh Festival in 2009), but also of Ovid Metamorphoses (2007), Rabelais Pantagruel (created in 2003 and still performing) and Sade (created in 1999). The central theme is of course the death of the living, giving birth to another form of life…
Kind of spiritual exercise of how to learn to die said Ionesco of his own play. Exorcism, initiation rite, he had first entitled the play Ceremony.
It could be entitled The King Sower! … Sower of rebirth.
With Exit the King Ionesco focuses on this passage, this special moment and this taboo of the cycle of life, the one of the disintegration of being. There are few plays that do this with such rigor!
He does it with a great faith in theater and theatricality. And thus we will.
In this ceremony of the dissolution of the being, everything is a pretext for games, like a children’s game with symbols and references (the King, the Queen, the Jack of the card game).
The scenario in itself is with no surprise. It is as if it was done. And again we see it very well, that’s all us!
That King is of course no King but each of us, king of his own life. And that play is no play, it’s an attempt to tame that ordinary, extraordinary and unbearable story that brings us all together: death, necessary for life to go on…

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