ÉDOUARD LOUIS: Qui a tué mon pére?
Jurányi Productional and Incubator House
Actors: Petra Ács, Ági Bartos, Sára Bánky,
Bettina Csarkó, Norbert Csernák,
Toma Hrisztov, Attila L. Nagy, Máté Szekeres
Music: Bercsényi Péter
Dramaturge: Bence Bíró
Translator, dramaturge: Mara Pallai
Set design, puppets: Helga Lázár
the director's collaborator: Lujza Szirtes
Director: Domokos Kovács and Zita Szenteczki
At 29, Édouard Louis is already one of the most respected writers of the contemporary literary scene. As with his earlier works, which have been adapted to the stage by countless theatres, Qui a tué mon pére – with its poetic style, candor and personal angle – is perfect material for a piece. Through a web of monologues, this autobiographical novel presents the relationship between the writer and his father: their struggles to understand and accept each other, and to experience and show their love for each other.
The performance is created with great contemporary puppeteers, combining contemporary dance with puppet theatre. Louis clearly equates the person with their body. The characteristics of a body affects one's life, one's perception, one's possibilities: our skin colour, our gender, our mobility, our sexual desires determine our whole life.
At the same time, Louis also argues that everything that happens to us affects our bodies, our everyday, personal experiences, just like political processes or social perceptions. Movement also plays a key role in the performance, in finding a form of movement that focuses on the interaction between the puppet and the living body. On the one hand, the puppet is at the mercy of its mover, since it cannot move without him. In the same way, the father is a passive victim of all political decisions that affect the most intimate moments of life, as Louis so accurately demonstrates in the novel.
Photos by Orsolya Véner