Im Herzen der Gewalt
In his novel History of Violence, Édouard Louis reconstructs the night of the main character’s rape and abuse. But the trauma of the rape extends far beyond that night. Louis weighs the incident against the violence in society. He shows how the violence committed from above, by governments and the police, trickles down to all sections of the population – and lands the hardest on those who are being discriminated against.
duration approx. 120 min without pause
language German spoken, Dutch and English surtitled
The reactions from the victim’s environment – his friends as well as the medical staff and the police – demonstrate unparalleled racism and homophobia, deeply rooted in the power structures of society. It is these roots that Louis exposes in his novel. Together with Édouard Louis, German director Thomas Ostermeier made a theatrical adaptation for the phenomenal actors of the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin.
From the press
‘Took the audience’s breath away.’- Süddeutsche Zeitung
‘Two hours of finely balance theatre with excellent actors.’ – Nachtkritik.de
‘You want to close your eyes and run from the theatre: it’s right up against the limit of what is bearable. […] A memorable evening at the theatre.’ – Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung
‘Un texte qui fait mal à celui qui le raconte comme à celui qui le regarde.’’ – Telerama.fr