23 — 26.05

Marcus Lindeen, Marianne Ségol Stockholm-Paris

Memory of Mankind

theatre — premiere


Please confirm your attendance with a wheelchair during online reservation or through box officeAccessible for wheelchair usersSeating without backrest | French → NL, EN | ⧖ 1h30 | €20 / €16

Deep inside a salt mine in the Austrian Alps lies an archive created by ceramist Martin Kunze that he calls “The Memory of Mankind”. Since 2012, he has crafted a collection of ceramic plates containing text and images to ‘back up’ human civilisation and preserve all existing knowledge about our modern times. Kunze’s ultimate aim is to create a time capsule that could last millions of years, hoping that future civilisations will find the archive and learn about our story. But what do you want people a million years from now to know about us? How do you even start? And what gives one man the right to tell the story of everyone? In this captivating theatre performance, the Swedish director Marcus Lindeen and the French dramaturge Marianne Ségol ingeniously interweave the tale of Martin Kunze with other true stories. Among them, we meet a man who suffers from a rare type of amnesia that wipes his memory clean, and a queer archaeologist who questions our relationship to history. Bringing the characters and audience together in the same space, the performance poses an existential question: why would it be better to remember than to forget?





Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, KVS
Writing and directing: Marcus Lindeen | Concept: Marcus Lindeen & Marianne Ségol | Dramaturgy and translation: Marianne Ségol | Cast: Jean-Philippe Uzan, Axel Ravier, Sofia Aouine, Driver | Voices: Gabriel Dufay, Julien Lewkowicz, Olga Mouak, Nathan Jousni | Music and sound: Hans Appelqvist | Set design: Mathieu Lorry-Dupuy | Lighting design: Diane Guérin | Costume design: Charlotte Le Gał | Casting: Naelle Dariya | Stage direction: David Marain | Sound technician: Nicolas Brusq | Video technician: Dimitri Blin | Production, diffusion, administration: Emmanuelle Ossena, Charlotte Pesle Beal, Lison Bellanger - EPOC productions
Production: Company Wild Minds | Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Piccolo Teatro di Milano-Teatro d’Europa, T2G Gennevilliers, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Le Quai ‐ CDN Angers Pays de Loire, La Comédie de Caen – CDN de Normandie, Wiener Festwochen, Le META-CDN Poitiers, CDN Besançon Franche-Comté, Le Grand T Nantes, Le Lieu Unique Nantes, PEP Pays-de-Loire
Project supported by the Ministère de la Culture – Direction régionale des affaires culturelles
With the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
Performances in Brussels with the support of the French Embassy in Belgium and the Institut français Paris as part of EXTRA, a program that supports French contemporary creation in Belgium

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