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duration 3:10, incl. 1 pauze
premiere 17 Mar 2019


American author Don DeLillo is the most eminent chronicler of his country and his time. In numerous novels and stories, he researches the often destructive impact of large events and social changes – such as the Cold War and nuclear threat, the digital age and globalization – on the lives of ordinary people.

Falling Man (2007) is a reflection on global terrorism and its effect on a family in New York during the aftermath of 9/11. Keith Neudecker escapes from the Twin Towers mildly injured and confused. Without knowing why, he heads for the house of his ex-wife and young son, from whom he is separated. Later he starts an affair with a woman whose book bag he took by mistake when he left the tower. After that, he travels around the world with his poker club.

But whatever he does, nothing works: the events have messed him up so much he has lost all sense of direction. How do survivors and their surroundings come to terms with the traumatic experience that was 9/11? Don DeLillo paints the portrait of people who have lost their identity and are unable to find their way around a changed world.

Falling man is part of a large project by French director Julien Gosselin, based on the work of Don DeLillo. He will create the first part with his own company for the Festival d’Avignon in 2018, bringing three of DeLillo’s books together in one marathon performance. In April, this first part will be performed here in Amsterdam. As a second part, Falling man will be created.


'Julien Gosselin a fait de nouveau sensation lors de la première de Vallende Man (« L’Homme qui tombe »). Le public s’est levé comme un seul homme, à l’issue de la représentation, pour ovationner ce spectacle magistral, qui est la suite directe, en néerlandais et avec les fabuleux comédiens de la troupe d’Ivo van Hove, de la trilogie créée en français. (...) Ils démontrent une fois de plus qu’ils forment bien une des troupes les plus flamboyantes d’Europe. Au cœur du spectacle, il y a donc cette Lianne qu’incarne de manière stupéfiante Maria Kraakman, une actrice dont on pourrait dire qu’elle opérerait un croisement entre Liv Ullmann et Isabelle Huppert : un naturel et une sensibilité qui font palpiter la vie, les sentiments avoués et enfouis à chaque instant. Autour d’elle, tous gardent leur mystère. Le Keith d’Eelco Smits, un homme qui se laisse aspirer par le vide, consacrant sa vie au poker, jeu d’argent qui est une des métaphores fortes de la pièce. La Nina de Chris Nietvelt, figure aussi belle que complexe de femme libre et brillante, trouvant son salut dans l’art. Le Martin de Hans Kesting, un des plus grands acteurs européens d’aujourd’hui, abritant dans son corps massif les ambiguïtés de l’histoire européenne. Tous portent cet « homme qui tombe », qui est au cœur du roman de Don DeLillo, en une mé­ taphore aussi simple que puissante de l’effondrement d’une civilisation, dans ce qui ressemble bien à une tragédie contemporaine'- Le Monde


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