Molly Bloom
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Creation and adaptation Viviane De Muynck & Jan Lauwers
Text based on 'Penelope' from Ulysses by James Joyce, in the french translation by Tiphaine Samoyault © Editions Gallimard for the translation
Dramaturgy Elke Janssens
Dramaturgical assistance Melissa Thomas
Costumes Lot Lemm
Lighting design Ken Hioco, Jan Lauwers
Technical director Ken Hioco
Production management Marjolein Demey
Technician Tijs Michiels, Saul Mombaerts
French language coach Anny Czupper

Production Needcompany
Coproduction La Filature (Mulhouse)
Copresentation Festival Temporada Alta (Girona), Festival de Otoño (Madrid), La Rose des Vents (Villeneuve d'Ascq), La Passerelle (Saint-Brieux), Espaces Pluriels (Pau)
With the support of the Flemish authorities.

In 1999, Viviane De Muynck and Jan Lauwers set to work with the last chapter of James Joyce’s Ulysses for the first time. Joyce’s grandson, Stephen J. Joyce, explicitly forbade them the use of the material with a number of offensive letters. Despite this ban, a few clandestine readings took place in Germany, which were positively received by the press.

21 years later - now the copyright on Joyce’s work has expired - De Muynck, the 74-year-old grande dame of the European theatre, puts herself back in the shoes of Molly Bloom, the unfaithful wife of Leopold Bloom, and approaches the text with new questions.

While writing this radical monologue one hundred years ago Joyce must have thought that ‘behind every famous man there’s a woman watching in astonishment’. Today, the aftermath of #metoo movement shows the burning necessity to create a space to talk openly about emancipation, equality and sexual freedom of women. That perspective sets a landscape for a new embodiment of Molly Bloom’s statement.

To quote Viviane de Muynck: ‘It is a universal text about the impossibility of getting to know each other totally and accept the difference’. De Muynck herself says this is her best part ever.

 

'She is her. Viviane is Molly. She transforms a dramatised reading into an hour of thrilling spectacle. Molly is a self-confident woman who nevertheless still expects more from life, without knowing precisely what. She brushes off this uncertainty with a deep laugh or a giggle. Then Molly is Viviane, or is Viviane Molly?'
- Die Welt

'Here, desire and a zest for life are presented as important female principles. This is an exceptionally vital presentation of a literary figure and her sensuality. Over the course of an hour, we witness an animated actress creating a Molly who refuses to let you go, and who to a large extent is also Viviane.'
- Berliner Morgenpost

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Creation and adaptation Viviane De Muynck & Jan Lauwers
Text based on 'Penelope' from Ulysses by James Joyce, in the french translation by Tiphaine Samoyault © Editions Gallimard for the translation
Dramaturgy Elke Janssens
Dramaturgical assistance Melissa Thomas
Costumes Lot Lemm
Lighting design Ken Hioco, Jan Lauwers
Technical director Ken Hioco
Production management Marjolein Demey
Technician Tijs Michiels, Saul Mombaerts
French language coach Anny Czupper

Production Needcompany
Coproduction La Filature (Mulhouse)
Copresentation Festival Temporada Alta (Girona), Festival de Otoño (Madrid), La Rose des Vents (Villeneuve d'Ascq), La Passerelle (Saint-Brieux), Espaces Pluriels (Pau)
With the support of the Flemish authorities.

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November 2020
04 NovMulhouse FRLa Filature Postponed
05 NovMulhouse FRLa Filature Postponed
06 NovMulhouse FRLa Filature Postponed
17 NovMadrid ESFestival de Otoño Premiere
18 NovMadrid ESFestival de Otoño
21 NovSalt ESFestival Temporada Alta de Girona Postponed
22 NovSalt ESFestival Temporada Alta de Girona Postponed
23 NovSalt ESFestival Temporada Alta de Girona Postponed
December 2020
11 DecSalt ESFestival Temporada Alta de Girona
12 DecSalt ESFestival Temporada Alta de Girona
January 2021
14 JanVilleneuve d'Ascq FRLa Rose des Vents Postponed
January 2021
21 JanSaint-Brieuc FRLa Passerelle Postponed
22 JanSaint-Brieuc FRLa Passerelle Postponed
25 JanPau FREspaces Pluriels Postponed
26 JanPau FREspaces Pluriels Postponed
February 2021
17 FebMulhouse FRLa Filature
18 FebMulhouse FRLa Filature
19 FebMulhouse FRLa Filature
March 2021
11 MarVilleneuve d'Ascq FRFestival DIRE
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