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Tu 2 Oct 2012
20.00
Première
Toulouse
Théâtre Garonne

+33 5 62485477
website
We 3 Oct 2012
20.00
Toulouse
Théâtre Garonne

+33 5 62485477
website
Th 4 Oct 2012
20.00
Toulouse
Théâtre Garonne

+33 5 62485477
website
Fr 5 Oct 2012
20.30
Toulouse
Théâtre Garonne

+33 5 62485477
website
Sa 6 Oct 2012
20.30
Toulouse
Théâtre Garonne

+33 5 62485477
website
We 10 Oct 2012
19.00
Nîmes
Théâtre de Nîmes

+33 4 66366510
website
Th 11 Oct 2012
20.00
Nîmes
Théâtre de Nîmes

+33 4 66366510
website
Fr 19 Oct 2012
20.00
Strasbourg
Théâtre National de Strasbourg

+33 (0)3 88 24 88 24
website
Sa 20 Oct 2012
20.00
Strasbourg
Théâtre National de Strasbourg

+33 (0)3 88 24 88 24
website
Su 21 Oct 2012
20.00
Strasbourg
Théâtre National de Strasbourg

+33 (0)3 88 24 88 24
website
Tu 23 Oct 2012
20.00
surtitled in French
Strasbourg
Théâtre National de Strasbourg

+33 (0)3 88 24 88 24
website
We 24 Oct 2012
20.00
surtitled in German
Strasbourg
Théâtre National de Strasbourg

+33 (0)3 88 24 88 24
website
Th 25 Oct 2012
20.00
after performance talk
Strasbourg
Théâtre National de Strasbourg

+33 (0)3 88 24 88 24
website
Fr 26 Oct 2012
20.00
Strasbourg
Théâtre National de Strasbourg

+33 (0)3 88 24 88 24
website
Tu 30 Oct 2012
21.00
Paris
Théâtre de la Bastille / Festival d'Automne

+33 1 43574214
website
We 31 Oct 2012
20.00
Paris
Théâtre de la Bastille / Festival d'Automne

+33 1 43574214
website
Th 1 Nov 2012
21.00
Paris
Théâtre de la Bastille / Festival d'Automne

+33 1 43574214
website
Fr 2 Nov 2012
21.00
Paris
Théâtre de la Bastille / Festival d'Automne

+33 1 43574214
website
Sa 3 Nov 2012
21.00
Paris
Théâtre de la Bastille / Festival d'Automne

+33 1 43574214
website
Tu 6 Nov 2012
21.00
Paris
Théâtre de la Bastille / Festival d'Automne

+33 1 43574214
website
We 7 Nov 2012
21.00
Paris
Théâtre de la Bastille / Festival d'Automne

+33 1 43574214
website
Th 8 Nov 2012
21.00
Paris
Théâtre de la Bastille / Festival d'Automne

+33 1 43574214
website
Fr 9 Nov 2012
21.00
Paris
Théâtre de la Bastille / Festival d'Automne

+33 1 43574214
website
Sa 10 Nov 2012
21.00
Paris
Théâtre de la Bastille / Festival d'Automne

+33 1 43574214
website
Mo 12 Nov 2012
21.00
Paris
Théâtre de la Bastille / Festival d'Automne

+33 1 43574214
website
Tu 13 Nov 2012
21.00
Paris
Théâtre de la Bastille / Festival d'Automne

+33 1 43574214
website
Th 15 Nov 2012
21.00
Paris
Théâtre de la Bastille / Festival d'Automne

+33 1 43574214
website
Fr 16 Nov 2012
21.00
Paris
Théâtre de la Bastille / Festival d'Automne

+33 1 43574214
website
Sa 17 Nov 2012
21.00
Paris
Théâtre de la Bastille / Festival d'Automne

+33 1 43574214
website
Tu 27 Nov 2012
21.00
surtitled in Greek
Athens
Onassis Cultural Center

+30 210 9249090
website
We 28 Nov 2012
21.00
surtitled in Greek
Athens
Onassis Cultural Center

+30 210 9249090
website
Th 29 Nov 2012
21.00
surtitled in Greek + after performance talk
Athens
Onassis Cultural Center

+30 210 9249090
website
Fr 30 Nov 2012
21.00
surtitled in Greek
Athens
Onassis Cultural Center

+30 210 9249090
website
Sa 1 Dec 2012
21.00
surtitled in Greek
Athens
Onassis Cultural Center

+30 210 9249090
website
We 16 Jan 2013
20.00
BOL, surtitled in Dutch
Brussels
KVS

+32 2 2101112
website
Th 17 Jan 2013
20.00
BOL, surtitled in Dutch
Brussels
KVS

+32 2 2101112
website
Fr 18 Jan 2013
20.00
BOL, surtitled in Dutch
Brussels
KVS

+32 2 2101112
website
Sa 19 Jan 2013
20.00
BOL, surtitled in Dutch
Brussels
KVS

+32 2 2101112
website
Sa 2 Feb 2013
21.30
surtitled in Portuguese
Lisbon
Culturgest

+351 21 7905155
website
Su 3 Feb 2013
17.00
surtitled in Portuguese
Lisbon
Culturgest

+351 21 7905155
website

 

 

Ryumin: On people's right to wish to be deceived! You often speak of ‘life’. What is this: ‘life’? Whenever you talk about it I see in my mind's eye a massive and amorphous monster that ceaselessly demands sacrifices, human sacrifices! Day after day it gobbles up a man, not leaving a single scrap, and avidly drinks his blood. Why? I don't see any sense to it, but I know that the longer a man lives, the more he sees himself surrounded by filth, vulgarity, coarseness and smut and the more he craves beauty, clarity, purity (from 'Summerfolk' by M. Gorky)

In Les Estivants ('Summerfolk' in English) a group of Russian friends spends the summer in a country dacha. They talk about the children’s education, about love, marriage, literature and life … They drink tea, brag and have fun, enjoying the sun and the water. Yet something is brewing. This group of notoriously enlightened members of the bourgeoisie, the Russian intelligentsia, is on edge. In the expectation that their lives are about to change completely, they cling to each other like grim death and fanatically defend their own precarious position.

Maxim Gorky wrote Les Estivants or "Datchniki" in 1905. The story dramatizes the life of the Russian middle class and its position vis-à-vis the social changes taking place at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Shalimov: I can feel it! I walk down the street and I see people with an entirely distinctive physiognomy and I feel: they will not read me, it does not appeal to them. They are strangers to me, they do not like me. They do not need me. I am old to them, and my ideas are old, too. I do not understand who they are! Who they like! Who they need! (from 'Summerfolk' by M. Gorky)

Shalimov: Please! You are just like everybody else! Everyone has this stupid and presumptuous conception of a writer's life. Of how he should eat, speak, write. Why? Why should I meet higher requirements for you? Why should I play a different part? I am a perfectly normal man who works for a living. Not with my hands, but with my imagination. You live as you like. But I, because I am a writer, should live according to your wishes, to satisfy your dreams. Pardon me, Varvara Mikhaliovna, but I'll give you back this flower. I feel I do not deserve this distinction. (from 'Summerfolk' by M. Gorky)

tg STAN speelt "Les Estivants"

tg STAN speelt "Zomergasten"

tg STAN en "Les Estivants" in Des mots de minuit (France 2)

tg STAN présente Les Estivants en VF au TNS

text 'Summerfolk' by Maxim Gorky

French performance by and with Robby Cleiren, Jolente De Keersmaeker, Sara De Roo, Damiaan De Schrijver, Tine Embrechts, Bert Haelvoet, Minke Kruyver, Frank Vercruyssen and Hilde Wils
Dutch performance by and with Marjon Brandsma, Robby Cleiren, Jolente De Keersmaeker, Sara De Roo, Damiaan De Schrijver, Tine Embrechts, Bert Haelvoet, Minke Kruyver and Frank Vercruyssen

costumes Ann D'Huys
lighting design Clive Mitchell
technique Clive Mitchell and Tim Wouters
many thanks to Dood Paard, Peter Gorissen, Jeroen Perceval, Bob Snijers, Henk Van de Caveye, Gommer Van Rousselt and Martine Bom

production French version Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse), Théâtre de Nîmes, Théâtre National de Strasbourg, Théâtre de la Bastille and Festival d'Automne (Paris)

production Dutch version tg STAN

première French version October 2nd 2012, Théâtre Garonne, Toulouse (FR)
premiere Dutch version June 17th 2010, Monty, Antwerp