NEEDCOMPANY (Belgium, Brussels)
Based on the last chapter of Ulysses by James Joyce
In 1999, Viviane De Muynck and Jan Lauwers set to work with the last chapter of James Joyce’s Ulysses for the first time. Joyce’s grandson, Stephen J. Joyce, explicitly forbade them the use of the material with a number of offensive letters. Despite this ban, a few clandestine readings took place in Germany, which were positively received by the press.
21 years later – now the copyright on Joyce’s work has expired – De Muynck, the 74-year-old grande dame of the European theatre, puts herself back in the shoes of Molly Bloom, the unfaithful wife of Leopold Bloom, and approaches the text with new questions. While writing this radical monologue one hundred years ago Joyce must have thought that “behind every famous man there’s a woman watching in astonishment”. Today, the aftermath of #metoo movement shows the burning necessity to create a space to talk openly about emancipation, equality and sexual freedom of women. That perspective sets a landscape for a new embodiment of Molly Bloom’s statement.
To quote Viviane de Muynck: “It is a universal text about the impossibility of getting to know each other totally and accept the difference”. De Muynck herself says this is her best part ever.
- 80 minutes in French with subtitles
- Directed by
- Jan Lauwers
- Creation and adaptation
- Viviane De Muynck & Jan Lauwers
- Elke Janssens
- Dramaturgical assistance
- Melissa Thomas
- Lot Lemm
- Lighting design
- Ken Hioco, Jan Lauwers
- Technical director
- Ken Hioco
- Production management
- Marjolein Demey
- Tijs Michiels, Saul Mombaerts
- Performed by
- Viviane De Muynck