In the novel The House of the Sleeping Beauties by Japanese Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata, a man named Eguchi frequents a very unique brothel. It is an exclusive, secret place that you can only find if someone else has told you about it. Here, elderly and impotent men get to sleep next to young, naked women who have been sedated with sleeping pills.
French director Julien Gosselin adapts the novel for theatre in his second direction at ITA.
Language Dutch, with English surtitles on Thursdays
Looking at the bodies of the women, Eguchi ponders what it is like to age sexually. What happens when a body that has already lived an entire life is confronted with a body that is still in the spring of theirs? At the same time, it triggers memories of events and emotions from his past. How did Eguchi treat his former lovers? What kind of father was he to his daughters when they were growing up? Dream and reality are not separated but become inextricably entwined. -|- After Vallende man (Falling man), based on the novel by Don Delillo, Schone slaapsters (Sleeping beauties) is the second French director Julien Gosselin directs the ITA-ensemble. Previously, ITA programmed Gosselin's French stagings of Elementaire deeltjes (Houellebecq) and 2666 (Bolano).
direction and adaptation Julien Gosselin
by Yasunari Kawabata
translation C. Ouwehand
translation and dramaturgy Peter van Kraaij
scenography Lisetta Buccellato
costumes Caroline Tavernier
lighting design Nicolas Joubert
music Maxence VandeVelde, Guillaume Bachelé
video design Jeremie Bernaert, Pierre Martin
private producer Dirk Raes en Helga Lasschuijt, Jeroen van Ingen en Jaap Kooijman
assistant director Rosemintje Verpaalen Weijts
assistant scenography Ramón Huijbrechts
with Joy Delima, Hélène Devos, Majd Mardo, Nancy Masaba, Chris Nietvelt, Ilke Paddenburg, Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Bart Slegers, and others
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