A unique theatrical event, this program pairs a staged and set-to-music adaptation of Duras's prize-winning novel The Lover (1984) with Duras's play La Musica Deuxime (1985). The Lover, a recipient of the Goncourt prize, is an autobiographical work. It evokes Duras's childhood in Vietnam, recounting a teenager's scandalous affair with a rich, older Chinese businessman.
In this adaptation, Astrid Bas collaborates with Ami Flammer, a composer and violinist who previously scored several of Duras's films. Bas and Flammer use their respective instruments voice for Bas and music for Flammer to create a transporting performance.
The second piece, La Musica Deuxime, relates the story of a man and a woman who meet three years after they have separated. Though they have begun new lives, their shared nostalgia leads them to reexamine their past, revealing misunderstandings and betrayals.
La Musica Deuxime is performed by Astrid Bas and American actor Daniel Pettrow.
Astrid Bas is a French actress. For the past years, she has been mainly associated with French director, George Lavaudant, notably during his tenure at Theatre de LOdeon where she appeared in Lavaudant's adaptations of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Kirsta Wolf (Cassandre), Antonin Artaud (Censi), Bruno Maderna (Satyricon), Buchner (La Mort de Danton), among others. She also performed under the direction of Anatali Wassiliev, Bruno Bayen, Frdric Fisbach, Eugene Durif, Helene Vincent, Yves Baunesne, Jean-Marie Patte. Astrid started her own directing as well with Tchekhov (2007 with The Three Sisters, and in 2003 with Platonov) Film and TV: She appeared in films directed by Benot Jacquot, Arnaud Viard, and Shiri Tsur. Astrid is a graduate of the Conservatoire National Superieur d Art Dramatique, Paris, and Ecole Nationale du Theatre de Strasbourg.
Daniel Pettrow is an associate with The Wooster Group in New York, where he is currently performing in their production of Hamlet. Daniel has acted in over 55 professional productions at National and International theaters. He works closely with French director Arthur Nauzyciel (Artistic Director of The National Drama Center of Orleans), having performed the lead roles in Bernard-Marie Koltes Black Battles with Dogs and Roberto Zucco. Daniel has also worked closely with German director Walter Asmus (Beckett's longtime collaborator) performing Lucky in Waiting for Godot. Daniel was a co-founder and co-director of The Ballroom Studios (1996-2003) in Atlanta, GA, an alternative art space catering to innovative visual and performing arts. Film: The Cult of Sincerity, The Last Adam, Psychopathia Sexualis, Kathy T, Getting Better. TV: Goodeats, Roadtrip.
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