Joueurs, Mao II, Les Noms
The young director Julien Gosselin is the next great promise of the French stage. Previously, his acclaimed performance Les Particules élémentaires and the spectacular theatre marathon 2666 have been performed in this theatre. Now we are bringing his latest performance to International Theater Amsterdam, a nine-hour performance based on three novels by the famous American writer Don DeLillo.
Duration: 9 hours, with intermissions
Language: French with Dutch surtitles
3 parts can also be visited seperately
‘All aspects of Gosselin’s show – acting, film, dramaturgy, polymorphous scenery and live music – are superb.’ – The Guardian *****
Julien Gosselin was the first to venture into a theatre adaptation of a Houellebecq novel in France. With his adaptation of Les Particules élémentaires, Gosselin confirmed his place on the international scene in one fell swoop. He was the great discovery of the Avignon Festival in 2013, while still only 26 years old. With his theatre collective Si vous pouviez lécher moncoeur, Julien Gosselin kicks against the classical French theatre with great success. He deliberately chooses contemporary texts instead of the stage wordings. He wants the texts to speak to the audience in the language of today.
“A purely directed ode to humanity, that kind, stupid humanity - with its everlasting quest for love and rest” (Het Parool about Les Particules élémentaires)
In Joueurs, Mao II, Les Noms, Gosselin focuses on a number of subjects that keep recurring in all his productions: literature, violence and the way people fall victim to invisible forces produced by history or the society in which one lives . For this performance, Gosselin draws on works by writer Don DeLillo, all three of which tell a story about terrorism in their own way: The Players (1977), Mao II (1991), and The Names (1982).
Joueurs, Mao II, Les Noms is part of a large Gosselin project based on the work of Don DeLillo. This first part premiered during the Festival d'Avignon 2018. Vallende man (Falling man) will be created as a second part in March '19 with the ensemble of Internationaal Theater Amsterdam. ITA will for the time being be the only place in the world where both parts can be seen.
'Le tout est magistral.’ […] ‘dix heures chez Gosselin passent mille fois plus vite que deux heures chez tant d’autres.'- Libération
'Un champ magnétique où la violence, les mots et les images s’aimantent et se repoussent.'- Le Monde
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.
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.