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  Théâtre de Vidy, Lausanne
King Size
Directed by: Christoph Marthaler
Music director: Bendix Dethleffsen
Scenic designer: Duri Bischoff
Costume designer: Sarah Schittek
Dramaturgy: Malte Ubenauf
Lighting designer: Heide Voegelin Lights
Cast: Tora Augestad, Bendix Dethleffsen, Michael von der Heide, Nikola Weisse
A hotel room holds a king size bed surrounded by blue panels and floral upholstery, a real bourgeois vaudevillian setting. In the privacy of this room, a man and a woman, accompanied by an older woman, sing a repertoire of eclectic melodies, traditional songs, classical opera and “pop music”. They also dance in the classical style according to the tunes they are humming, which renders the whole situation extremely amusing. This lunacy presented by Christoph Marthaler is also adorned with some displaced gestures from the actors. We take part in moments like a man fixing his “hair” even though he is bald, the old woman showing off her senility and the songs of Michel Sardou being sung with lyrical voices. All these moments give way to a wave of laughter that fills up the performance space. The director extracts the essence of the play from this very quirkiness. He wishes to create “enharmonic equivalents”, musical pieces that combine different tones and create a heterogeneous sound in itself. If this audio material initially produces a wacky effect, this is counterbalanced by a much more sensible reality that directs attention towards human relationships. “Cohabitation” between people with divergent personalities is highlighted and grotesque conventions, loneliness and the tragic day-to-day life are emphasized at the expense of their harmonious interaction. Marthaler’s “King Size” brings music to the foreground and through it he creates a fantasy show, filled with tenderness and melancholy.
Performance presented in German, with translation into Romanian and English.
Production: Theater Basel, Théâtre de Vidy, Lausanne
With the support of: Pro Helvetia – Swiss Foundation for Culture

      © Simon Hallström