18 Mar '20 to 05 Apr '20

Falling man

ITA–Ensemble

American author Don DeLillo is the most eminent chronicler of his country and his time. In numerous novels and stories, he researches the often destructive impact of large events and social changes – such as the Cold War and nuclear threat, the digital age and globalization – on the lives of ordinary people.

About the play

Keith Neudecker escapes from the Twin Towers mildly injured and confused. Without knowing why, he heads for the house of his ex-wife and young son, from whom he is separated. Later he starts an affair with a woman whose book bag he took by mistake when he left the tower. After that, he travels around the world with his poker club. But whatever he does, nothing works: the events have messed him up so much he has lost all sense of direction. How do survivors and their surroundings come to terms with the traumatic experience that was 9/11?

American author Don DeLillo is the most eminent chronicler of his country and his time. In numerous novels and stories, he researches the often destructive impact of large events and social changes – such as the Cold War and nuclear threat, the digital age and globalization – on the lives of ordinary people.

Julien Gosselin
Director
Julien Gosselin

With French director Julien Gosselin (Les Particules Élementaires and 2666), we will be adding one of the world’s greatest young directing talents to our theatre company. In his debut at ITA, Falling Man, he reflects on global terrorism and its effect on a family in New York during the aftermath of 9/11.

The performance is part of Gosselin’s great international Don DeLillo project, the first part of which will premiere at the Festival d’Avignon this summer. Part two, Falling Man with Eelco Smits, Hans Kesting, Maria Kraakman et al., will have its world premiere in March. ITA is the only place in the world where both parts will be performed.

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Julien Gosselin has attended the EPSAD (Professionnel Graduate School of Dramatic Art) in Lille, directed by Stuart Seide. As an actor, he’s worked with Lucie Berelowitch, Laurent Hatat and Tiphaine Raffier. Then, as an assistant director, he has worked with Pierre Foviau, Laurent Hatat ans Stuart Seide.

In 2009, with six actors of his class, he founds the company Si Vous Pouviez Léchez Mon Cœur (i.e. If You Could Lick My Heart), and stages in 2010 Fausto’s Paravidino’s Gênes 01, first at the Théâtre du Nord, then on tour.

The next year, still with SVPLMC, he stages Tristesse Animal Noir, the French creation of Anja Hilling’s Black Animal Sadness, first at the Théâtre de Vanves, then on tour in 2012. In 2012, at the invitation of Vincent Baudriller, he takes part to the Kadmos program.

In July 2013, at the Festival d’Avignon, he stages for the first time his adaptation of Michel Houellebecq’s novel Les Particules Élémentaires (i.e. Atomised), which is SVPLMC’s third creation. In 2014, at the invitation of the Théâtre National de Bruxelles, he creates Je Ne Vous Ai Jamais Aimés, a long musical poem inspired by a text written by Pascal Bouaziz and projected on a large screen.

In 2015, he stages Stéphanie Chaillou’s Le Père at the Théâtre National de Toulouse. In 2016, he creates Roberto Bolano’s 2666, at the Festival d’Avignon then on tour (Paris, Athens, Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Tianjin, Cologne) In 2017, he stages at the Festival de Marseille, Aurelien Belanger’s 1993, with the actors from the TNS school.

Julien Gosselin and Si vous pouviez lécher mon cœur are partners of The Phénix, Scène Nationale in résidence in Valenciennes and of the Théâtre National de Strasbourg.

In 2021, Julien Gosselin and Si vous pouviez lécher mon cœur will settle in Calais on the port. A theater factory that will mark the beginning of a new era for the company.

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Cast

Language NP Language no problem Maria Kraakman Maria Kraakman
Language NP Language no problem Majd Mardo Majd Mardo
Language NP Language no problem Chris Nietvelt Chris Nietvelt
Language NP Language no problem Eelco Smits Eelco Smits
Language NP Language no problem Stacyian Jackson Stacyian Jackson
Language NP Language no problem Harm Duco Schut Harm Duco Schut
Language NP Language no problem Urmi Plein Urmi Plein
Language NP Language no problem Sidar Toksöz Sidar Toksöz

Credits

director Julien Gosselin
by Don DeLillo
dramaturgy Peter van Kraaij
scenography Hubert Colas
light design Nicolas Joubert
video Jérémie Bernaert (camera), Pierre Martin (design), Jordi Wolswijk (engineer)
music Guillaume Bachelé, Maxence Vandevelde
sound design Timo Merkies
costumes Caroline Tavernier
camera Boris de Ruijter
private producer Van Meeuwen Kan Fonds / Mies en Jaap Kamp, Helga Lasschuijt and Dirk Raes

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