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Ivo van Hove adapted Who Killed My Father, by literary sensation Édouard Louis, for the stage. Van Hove turned the very outspoken book into a monologue, especially for Hans Kesting.Show more
“It is a gripping story about a father who is reduced to a physical and mental wreck at the age of fifty after years of hard work in heavy industry in the north of France. It is just as much a furious indictment of the political elite as a declaration of love by a son to his father. Édouard Louis also writes about how he, as a young homosexual, was ostracized by his own working-class family. I will make a monologue for Hans Kesting from this brazen, brilliant text.” – Ivo van Hove
The anger-soaked Who Killed My Father is written in the form a letter to his father. Louis found his inspiration in a visit he paid to his father after not seeing him for some time, finding him almost unrecognizable. The man had become ill and aged prematurely, the result of a life marked by alcohol, social deprivation, hard work, and an industrial accident. Louis explains this to the elite, for whom politics is primarily an ‘aesthetic issue’: they engage in politics that has virtually no influence on their lives. The underclass, on the other hand, is devastated by cutbacks in benefits.
According to the French weekly L’Opinion, the book is read in the Élysée – the official residence of the French president. Louis’ diagnosis would align perfectly with Emmanuel Macron’s. The writer himself sees it very differently. “My book is against who you are and what you do,” he tweeted to Macron. “I write to disgrace you.”
After the book by Édouard Louis
Working group ITA-ensemble
Director Ivo van Hove
Performers Hans Kesting
Scenography and design Jan Versweyveld
Sound design George Dhauw
Costumes An D’Huys
1 h 25 min, no intermission
Performed in Dutch, Surtitles in Finnish and in English projected on the stage
Theatrical smoke used on stage.
Age recommendation 15 +