The most sensitive Claudel piece, directed by an immense theatre poet, to free the wrath of passionate love.
Paul Claudel is 32 when he returns by boat to his beloved China to become French Consul in Fou-Tchéou. From this journey that shattered his life he extracted the material for “Break of Noon”, an autobiographical piece, according to its author, published in 1906 at his own expense for a couple of friends and proscribed during more than forty years, before the publication of a more “acceptable” version. Eric Vigner chose the first version to bring on stage the violence of a poet openly exposing the depths of an irrepressible and explosive passion. Through Mesa and Ysé’s cursed love – a modern Tristan and Isolde - we hear an enigmatic and provocative painful scream uttered in a shattering and bewitching language.
text Paul Claudel scenography & direction Eric Vigner
Lighting design Kelig Le Bars sound John Kaced Costumes Anne-Céline Hardouin make up Anne Binois direction Assistant Tünde Deak Scenography Assistant Robin Husband with Stanislas Nordey, Mathurin Voltz, Jutta Johanna Weiss, Alexandre Ruby
photos Jean-Louis Fernandez