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Festival SOLO Molly Bloom

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500-3000 rub.

16+

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.

Duration
80 minutes in French with subtitles
Directed by
Jan Lauwers
Creation and adaptation
Viviane De Muynck & Jan Lauwers
Dramaturgy
Elke Janssens
Dramaturgical assistance
Melissa Thomas
Costumes
Lot Lemm
Lighting design
Ken Hioco, Jan Lauwers
Technical director
Ken Hioco
Production management
Marjolein Demey
Technicians
Tijs Michiels, Saul Mombaerts

Cast

Performed by
Viviane De Muynck

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