Julien Gosselin: Les Particules élémentaires

Julien Gosselin: Les Particules élémentaires

© Simon Gosselin

Theatre

Julien Gosselin

Julien Gosselin / Si vous pouviez lécher mon coeur, Lille
“Les Particules élémentaires”
Based on Michel Houellebecq’s novel “Atomised”
Theatre

  • Length 220 min
  • In French with German surtitles

Past Dates

Julien Gosselin’s stage adaptation of Michel Houellebecq’s best-selling novel made him the shooting star of last year’s Avignon theatre festival. He was the first artist in his country to venture on this adaptation, which was not only a success with reviewers, but also made him a favourite with the audience. His production bridges the gap between pop and post-humanism and combines postmodern knowledge, post-dramatic theatre and the source novel’s material in a way that is both entertaining and disillusioning. Gosselin and his young company approach the material, which was published in 1998 and is little short of historical for their generation, from a contemporary perspective. Upheavals of twenty years ago, like the deciphering of the human genome and the possibility of cloning human DNA , are run-of-the-mill phenomena for those born after 1980. The conjunction of genetic engineering with what is still making the rounds as sexual liberation (under the heading of “1968”) proves to be another relevant subject of the novel: ten characters investigating what remains of Houellebecq’s vision for the next generation.

With Guillaume Bachelé, Joseph Drouet, Denis Eyriey, Antoine Ferron, Noémie Gantier, Marine de Missolz, Alexandre Lecroc, Caroline Mounier, Victoria Quesnel, Tiphaine Raffier

By Si vous pouviez lécher mon coeur
Adaption/direction/stage Julien Gosselin
Light Nicolas Joubert
Video Pierre Martin
Sound Julien Feryn
Music Guillaume Bachelé
Costumes Caroline Tavernier
Assistant director Yann Lesvenan
Administration, production Eugénie Tesson
Tour management Claire Dupont

Production: Si vous pouviez lécher mon coeur
First French edition of “The Elementary Particles”: Editions Flammarion, 1998
Co-production: Théâtre du Nord / Théâtre National Lille Tourcoing Région Nord Pas-de-Calais / Festival d’Avignon / Le Phénix – Scène Nationale de Valenciennes / La rose des vents / Scène Nationale Lille Métropole-Villeneuve d’Ascq / Théâtre de Vanves et Le Mail / Scène Culturelle de Soissons
With support of Ministry for Culture and Communication / DRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Conseil Régional Nord-Pas-de-Calais, SACD Beaumarchais, Conseil Général Pas de Calais, city of Lille

With support of: Institut français