Les Eaux et Forêts (Water and Forest) 法国戏剧展•《水与森林》
Date: Sun, Jun 30
Venue: Opera House, Tianjin Grand Theatre
On a pavement, a man is bitten by a woman’s little dog. The man, enraged, attacks the owner of the pug. Another woman gets involved, and a slippery slope of misunderstandings results in this innocuous event becoming a “national disaster”. In Duras’ hands, the banal becomes the extraordinary. Wilfully facetious, she likes to appear where she is least expected. Humour is probably the most original and least known aspect of her work as a playwright. In Waters and Forests, an absurdist work written in Paris in 1965, we see the beginnings of Duras’ “theatre of anger” (théâtre de l’emportement). Nonsense and melancholy, cruelty, bursts of laughter and delirium appear as the expression of her longsought “joyful despair”. In electing to show these characters in all of their depth, Michel Didym brings to the stage a “theatre of the present” that privileges spontaneity, simplicity and playfulness.