Bringing together actors, musicians, and a chorus of young amateurs, Abd Al Malik masterfully turns this version of Albert Camus’s play into a musical tragedy.
1905, Moscow: young revolutionaries are plotting a terrorist attack. They are far from imagining that their “intolerable suffering” in the face of injustice is going to produce the opposite of the desired effect, leading to the unleashing of a murderous chain of events that will shape the 20th century. In taking on Les Justes, Abd Al Malik radically reimagines its interpretation by turning the play into what he calls a “musical tragedy.” Set to compositions by Bilal and Wallen, the production combines declamation—rap and poetry slam—and theater with the support of vocal and instrumental music that lands somewhere between hip-hop and electro. Through their way of handling an intentionally rhythmic and musical language, the actors are no longer merely actors, but also poets who bring to light the life and death of a barely emerging utopia, the story of the breakdown of an ideal.
based on the play by Albert Camus Script Adaptation & direction Abd Al Malik
music Bilal & Wallen artistic Coordinator Fabien Coste artistic Collaborator Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota set design Amélie Kiritze-Topor Costumes Coralie Sanvoisin lights & Videos Vincent Idez direction Assistant Jean-Christophe Mast with 10 actors, 6 musicians & a dozen of young amateurs