Ten years after the publication of the famous essay « Returning to Reims » by Didier Eribon, Thomas Ostermeier presents the French version of this work. In a studio, an actress records the commentary of a live documentary film. Acting and movie overlap to better reveal some dark corners of today’s society such as the mechanisms of exclusion or the disappearance of the working class... A humanistic and political inventory of society.
An intellectual close to Michel Foucault and Pierre Bourdieu, author of numerous essays and especially known for his works about homosexuality, sociologist Didier Eribon had never addressed the issue of his working-class origins until he published “Returning to Reims” in 2009. Between confession and reflection, the book evokes the confrontation with his family after his father’s death at a time when he becomes particularly aware of the fact that the working class, who used to vote Communist during his childhood, had massively turned towards the extreme right, feeling abandoned by left-wing parties. Thomas Ostermeier brings to life these troublesome reflections in the form of a documentary film being edited where we see the author looking for the places of his childhood and youth. In the meantime, Irène Jacob describes on stage her own interrogations reacting to Eribon’s questioning.
Based on the novel Retour À Reims by Didier Eribon (Fayard, 2009) direction Thomas Ostermeier in a version by Schaubühne (Berlin, direction Thomas Ostermeier)
Scenography & Costumes Nina Wetzel Music Nils Ostendorf sound Jochen Jezussek Dramaturgy Florian Borchmeyer lighting design Erich Schneider Film directed by Sébastien Dupouey & Thomas Ostermeier shooting Marcus Lenz, Sébastien Dupouey & Marie Sanchez Montage Sébastien Dupouey Original Sound Track Peter Carstens & Robert Nabholz Music Nils Ostendorf sound Jochen Jezussek Archives research Laure Comte & Bagage (Sonja Heitmein, Uschi Feldges) with Cédric Eeckhout, Irène Jacob, Blade Mc Alimbaye