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[REVIEW] "Woyzeck d’après Woyzeck" by Gwenaël Morin 1 image

[REVIEW] “Woyzeck d’après Woyzeck” by Gwenaël Morin

Dernière mise à jour : août 19th, 2016 at 12:50 am

Last day at the Theatre de la Bastille of the stunning direction of French Gwenaël Morin of the unfinished play of the doctor, writer and German scientist Georg Buchner (1813-1837), Woyzeck d’après Woyzeck (litteraly, Woyzeck from Woyzeck).

Synopsis :

The story “is loosely based on the true story of Johann Christian Woyzeck, a Leipzig wigmaker and, latterly, a soldier. In 1821, Woyzeck, in a fit of jealousy, murdered Christiane Woost, a widow with whom he had been living. He was later publicly beheaded” (see Wikipedia).

Woyzeck d’après Woyzeck:
Comedians and direction will invade
all the space


On the bare stage of the Theatre de la Bastille (Paris, France), where sets and props are abandoned on the side of the stage (as before repetition), the Gwenaël Morin‘s troupe of comedians take the stage in a funny way: turning their back on the audience, two actors simulate cutting wood with the sound of an archer on a violin and the throw of wooden sticks on the stage.

And it’s from that opening scene that the proposal of the play appears : comedians and direction will invade all the space (the space of the stage, above, among the public, under the stage, behind the scenes) and to grapple with the play (see the game very physical of the main character) to better reflect the madness of the world and of an ever unfinished piece (“Woyzeck is a stage play written by Georg Büchner. He left the work incomplete at his death”, see Wikipedia).

A wonderful experience of a theatre
and its making

Woyzeck d’après Woyzeck by Buchner is an offshoot of Théâtre Permanent. “(…) With the Théâtre Permanent, Gwenaël Morin and actors who accompany him volunteered to work for a year in this place of research and production Art on the outskirts of Paris to try to develop an artistic tool of affirmation and intensification of the theater”, says the French press kit.

With the ups and downs, this show of Gwenaël Morin takes you in a wonderful experience of a theater and its making.”Woyzeck is a utopia, a body without a head, a pile of organs without a body, a flesh disorder that would have been alive.

I want to direct Woyzeck, which means that I am trying to make it alive, in theater… and I’ll do it with a knife.”
— Gwenaël Morin


To learn more:

  • “Woyzeck d’après Woyzeck” (2010)
    Direction: Gwenaël Morin
    Text: Georg Büchner
    With: Renaud Béchet, Virginie Colemyn, Julian Eggerickx, Barbara Jung, Grégoire Monsaingeon, Gwenaël Morin
Jean-Christophe Nurbel

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