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By Heiner Müller
Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe
Conceived and directed by Robert Wilson
Music by Michael Galasso
Vindication and malicious intents have never been more
rapturous than in director Robert Wilson's
Quartett. Written by German playwright Heiner Müller
(as a highly condensed adaptation of the 18th-century French
novel Les Liaisons dangereuses), this
work is an extraordinary expression of innocence lost.
The incomparable French actress Isabelle Huppert (I ♥ Huckabees, 8 Women, The Piano Teacher) is the toxic Marquise de Merteuil, seething with fury opposite her perverse partner in crime Valmont, played with marvelous physicality by Ariel Garcia Valdès. As Wilson unfurls his stylized choreography and tableaux motifs with stark sounds and saturated colors, he transforms every calculated movement into gorgeous and provocative studies of character.
Set and lighting by Robert Wilson
Translated by Jean Jourdheuil and Béatrice Perregaux
Costume design by Frida Parmeggiani
Co-direction by Ann-Christin Rommen
Lighting design by AJ Weissbard
Make-up design by Luc Verschueren
Scenic design by Stephanie Engeln
Co-produced by La Comédie De Genève and Théâtre du Gymnase/Marseille production.