Les Damnés

The Damned
after the screenplay by Luchino Visconti, Nicola Badalucco
and Enrico Medioli
Directed by Ivo van Hove


24 September 2016 - 13 January 2017


Les Damnés

2016-09-24 00:00:00 2017-01-13 00:00:00

Ivo van Hove’s first staging with the Troupe marks the entry into the repertoire of the scenario of The Damned.

In two decades, the artistic director of the Toneelgroep in Amsterdam, whose field of exploration encompasses the world of theatre, film and opera, has explored a vast repertoire of works, from Sophocles and Shakespeare to Molière, Koltès, Cassavetes or Arthur Miller. The intention in this production is not to adapt the cult film, directed by Visconti, but “to return to the screenplay in order to stage it for theatre”. What Ivo van Hove retains from this sharply drawn chronicle of a family of industrialists during the Nazi seizure of power in 1933 in Germany is the ideological depravity of a company willing to makes the most poisonous alliances to benefit its own economic interests. “In my view, it is the celebration of evil”, says the director, whose work “always combines strong theatricality with the exploration of complex psychological zones and refined emotions”. Against a background of so-called “degenerate” music (Stravinsky, Schoenberg) or music favoured by the Nazis (Beethoven, Wagner), the blend of archive footage and on-the-spot recordings intensifies the tensions on stage where human relationships are murky and desire more perverted than ever.
This production, which will open the season at the Salle Richelieu, also marks the return of the Comédie-Française to the Avignon Festival after twenty-three years of absence.

Creative team

Directed by: Ivo van Hove
Sets and lights: Jan Versweyveld
Costumes: An D’Huys
Video: Tal Yarden
Music and sounds: Eric Sleichim
Dramaturgy: Bart Van den Eynde
Assistant stage manager: Laurent Delvert
Assistant scenography: Roel Van Berckelaer
Assistant lights: François Thouret
Assistant sounds: Lucas Lelièvre


the company

The Comédie-Française Academy

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    La gouvernante (en alternance)

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    La mère de Lisa (en alternance)

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    Un homme en noir

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    Ostoya Magnin

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and with
Sébastien Baulain: Janek

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En raison du renforcement des mesures de sécurité dans le cadre du plan Vigipirate « Sécurité renforcée - risque attentat », nous vous demandons de vous présenter 30 minutes avant le début de la représentation afin de faciliter le contrôle.

Nous vous rappelons également qu’un seul sac (de type sac à main, petit sac à dos) par personne est admis dans l’enceinte des trois théâtres de la Comédie-Française. Tout spectateur se présentant muni d’autres sacs (sac de courses, bagage) ou objets encombrants, se verra interdire l’entrée des bâtiments.