"What is this system we’ve built? What have we become to place voluntarily – democratically! – a clown like this at the head of the United States?" This is the question that writer Elfriede Jelinek, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2004, asks in her surreal and furious polemic, Sur la voie royale. For Donald Trump, she suggests, is nothing more than a reflection of ourselves, and if he has come to power then it is because we wanted it. A vitriolic attack against a pernicious, complacent, lazy world, Jelinek’s piece is performed as a solo with the allure of a firecracker by the incomparable Christèle Tual. The director, Ludovic Lagarde, is a virtuoso of new writing. He draws the sounds, the words, the very breath of the performer into a musical waltz, accompanied by the sharp notes of composer Wolfgang Mitterer. Joining them tonight on the royal road will be Donald Trump, Freud, Oedipus, Miss Piggy, and the philosopher Heidegger…
A stage director and the head of the Comédie de Reims until 2018, Ludovic Lagarde presented L’Avare at TNB in 2016 and La Collection, created in residence at TNB, in 2019. For this new work, Lagarde calls once again on one of his faithful collaborators, the actress Christèle Tual, who trained at the Conservatoire de Rennes followed by the school at the Théâtre National de Strasbourg.