From March 21 to April 15, 2017 AVANT-GARDE Text: Marieluise Fleisser Translation: Henri Plard (Éditions de Minuit) Adaptation and staging: Denis Marleau With Dominique Quesnel + Jérôme Minière Artistic collaboration, scenography and video: Stéphanie Jasmin Assistant director on stage: Carol-Anne Bourgon Sicard Lighting: Lee Anholt Soundtrack, arrangements and interpretation of songs: Jérôme Minière Music: Kurt Weill Broadcasting and video editing: Pierre Laniel Costumes, makeup and hairstyles: Angelo Barsetti Sound consultant: Julien Éclancher Acknowledgments : Angela Konrad + 1700 La Poste An ESPACE GO + UBU co-production, AVANT-GARDE creative company tells the story of a young girl from the provinces who wants to write, Cilly Ostermeier, her arrival in the big city and her life with a genius who wields a destructive power over her in the long run. Unable to bear this pressure any longer, she leaves him to return to her hometown where she meets a man unlike the other, swimming champion… If through this story autobiographical traces and the contours of the young Bertolt Brecht on the rise, Marieluise Fleisser transcends this experience she lived through in a literary work that profoundly shakes up the paradoxes of a creative woman, caught between her uncertainties, her doubts, her amorous desire and the need to rebel and fully assume the construction of his work. His precise and sharp style, which gives itself the freedom of ruptures, abrupt cuts and surprising poetic associations, never falls into affliction or misery. Marieluise Fleisser takes a lucid and uncompromising look at the complexity of her situation as a woman muse and a woman creator. In the early 1920s, Marieluise Fleisser, originally from Ingolstadt, a small town in Bavaria, studied theater and drama in Munich. From the age of 22, she wrote a series of poems, short stories and stories dominated by the quest for experiences of girls with uncertain lives, jostled by social and personal changes. She also wrote her first major play, PURGATORY IN INGOLSTADT, through which she was introduced to Bertolt Brecht. Significant encounter since he will create his play on stage in 1926 and will henceforth count on the collaboration of Marieluise who will also become his lover. She will experience a few stormy years in Berlin with the young Brecht, who already counts on the active contribution and the presence of several women on his path as a creator. In 1929, after the creation of her second play, PIONEERS IN INGOLSTADT, which Brecht had staged in a provocative and sulphurous way and which caused a scandal in Berlin, she left him to return to her native town where she was henceforth persona non grata. Author banned by the Nazi regime, she married a merchant from Ingolstadt. This period of imposed silence and this orderly life will be experienced as a sort of internal exile of almost thirty years. After the death of her husband in 1958 and health ordeals, Marieluise Fleisser rediscovered the desire to write and would publish other short stories, plays and stories, including AVANT-GARDE in 1962. The emerging artists of this long post- war, like Elfriede Jelinek, Franz Xaver Kroetz or the filmmaker Werner Fassbinder, will discover with fascination the work split in two by this author who is today considered one of the greatest German playwrights of the 20th century.


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