THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT, a play in five acts, shows five episodes from the life of a successful fashion designer. Petra’s friend Sidonie introduces her to a young, 23-year-old Karin, who is on a quest for new life opportunities in Germany. Between Karin and Petra a deep fondness evolves, that grows into a close love relationship. Karin later leaves Petra, which is now for the third time left abandoned and despaired. With the support of her mother and daughter she, at the end, maybe realises that this experience led her to a new fundamental discovery and finding.
It is a play about love and loneliness, about dependance, oppression and search for freedom. Fassbinder wrote the text as a theatre play and staged it in 1971. A year later he shot it into one of his most successful and recognisable movies. Fassbinder, who is determined by endless scandals in his intimate and social life, has created a mirrored image of his own personality in the character of Petra von Kant. Maybe in order to better understand and accept his own life experience - in order to find a new universal truth about a man and his entrapment in the settled thinking patterns.
In 2015 in Mini teater in coproduction with SNG Nova Gorica and MG Ptuj the theatre play by Rainer Werner Fassbinder will come to life. Theater is a place of endless selfquestioning. Over and over again common patterns and concepts are tested. In search for new solutions, original solutions, questions and answers new ones are arising. Creators and artists, coming into our space from different environments, are bringing new wievs, new ideas, different concepts and poetics. This way also Slovenian theatre is renewing and enriching itself. For this reason we decided to include in our program a project with an open form that is directed in the research and will result in a theatre performance, stage act.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, selfproclaimed enfant terrible of german cinematography was one of rare directors who often found himself on front pages of tabloids. The artist who has in 15 years made more than 40 films and wrote several theatre drama and television texts has in the seventies nevetheless found time to rattle the New York art scene.
In his work Fassbinder tried to reveal the two-faced German bourgeois society from which he has – also because of his sexual orientation – felt excluded from. He has been called misogynist, accused of treachery and antisemitism, while the critics stigmatised THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT as homophobic and hostile to women at the same time.
Text: Rainer Werner Fassbinder; direction: Arthur Nauzyciel; set design: Riccardo Hernandez; lighting design: Scott Zielinski; costume design: Gaspard Yurkievich; makeup: Empera; sound design: Beno Gec; assistant director: Juš A. Zidar; set assistant: Tine Tribuson; translator: Lado Kralj; Slovenian language consultant: Laura Brataševec
Production: Mini teater, Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, City Theatre Ptuj, CDN Orléans/Loiret/Centre With the support of Institut français de Slovénie
LES LARMES AMÈRES DE PETRA VON KANT is published by L’Arche.
Creation/rehearsal at CDN Orléans/Loiret/Centre.
MAR 06 DÉC 2016 20H30
MER 07 DÉC 2016 19H30
JEU 08 DÉC 2016 20H30
VEN 09 DÉC 2016 20H30
SAM 10 DÉC 2016 18H00
SALLE ANTOINE VITEZ
DURATION 1HR 30MN
Show in Slovenian with French supertitles
RENCONTRE AVEC L'ÉQUIPE
MER 07 DÉC 2016
Atelier du CDN
Dialogue à l’issue de la représentation.
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