The 10 Selected Productions


Based on the novel by Michel Houellebecq
Theatre version by Tom Blokdijk / Koen Tachelet
Schauspielhaus Zürich

Premiere 5 June 2004, Pfauen

Elementarteilchen. André Jung, Sylvana Krappatsch, Chris Nietvelt, Robert Hunger-Bühler, Yvon Jansen

© Leonard Zubler

  • 2 h, without interval

Past Dates

Talk with the audience
Sat 21 May 22:00

Houellebecq’s “Atomised” is a science fiction story told from the perspective of a utopian future free of individualism and sexuality, the two points where capitalism has us under its thumb. The stories these “new people” from a chronologically close but mentally distant time tell of earlier lives are like plunging headlong into a world of horrific agony. André Jung is the much-pained Bruno, socially maladroit yet obsessed with sex; his half-brother, the scientist Michel is played by Robert Hunger-Bühler as a wonderful slow-motion clown. Johan Simons’ production is one long, melancholy joke, a joke about people who seem like primates, a joke we don’t want to laugh at.

“Dutch director Johan Simons has succeeded in creating a production of claustrophobic intimacy.” (Stuttgarter Nachrichten)


Directed by Johan Simons
Stage Design Jens Kilian
Costume Design Tina Kloempken
Music Markus Hinterhäuser
Dramaturgy Tom Blokkijk / Stefanie Carp
Lighting Design Frank Bittermann
Sound Design Will Jan Pielage

Robert Hunger-Bühler
Yvon Jansen
André Jung
Sylvana Krappatsch
Chris Nietvelt