A foreigner is looking for a room and approaches a boy in a rainy night. Night tales of a world made of pigs, bitches, women on a bridge, children, generals...a world where it is still possible to say I love you. The text moves around the theme of love. Koltès paints a world upside down where solitude, work, money, personal interests are more important. As his Knight of love he chooses a stranger, a foreigner, a searcher and an idealist. A man of the street direct and determined, a man, a soul who looks for love, for a room, for a solution, for a companion. A foreigner who sees us. Bernard-Mariè talks about love and seems to suggest us a way how to come back to love ourselves and to love each other.
A monologue written without a full stop, a river of words. The form I choose in order to play this text is an open theatre form. An actor in costume under the spot witch lightens up the whole theatre space. He speaks to no more than 60 persons. The direct and poetic writing of Koltès needs a true lightness in the actors playing. Only without heaviness and without underlining the drama of the scenes can help the text to breathe and to make emerge that deep and light meaning that the author seems to suggest us.
Notes of a journey: "The work was born as a study and it will continue to have this nature. Each performance is an open rehearsal. In the actor the meaning of what he is playing becomes clear and strong as time passes. So the theatre form should not prevent this everyday process. Just actor and text meet the public.
Performance app. 70 minutes length (no break), 2 people incl. 1 actors, 1 technician. Stage design: a chair. Stage dimensions (minimum): 6 m wide X 5 m deep.
16 PC light 1 KW: If the theatre/space is small less lights will be necessary. No colour gels. No changes of light in the entire show. A simple light design that gives a homogenous lightning to cover the whole. The play may be showed in different spaces, theatrical and not. If the light design is to be mounted from scratch it is needed approx.1 hour and 40 minutes to prepare the stage. If the light design is more or less settled it will take approx. 15 minutes to prepare the stage. To dismantle the stage design; approx. 15 minutes.
No music during the show. Sound system not necessary
If are used subtitles (in English or French) the theatre has to provide the technical equipment for the subtitles.
Promo I Part - 2008
Promo End - 2008
Studio K Video - 2007
STUDIO K - THE NIGHT JUST BEFORE THE FORESTS by B.M. Koltès Directed and interpreted by Saba Salvemini