by Jean Racine
directed and staged by Stéphane Braunschweig
creation at the Odéon

duration 1 hour 55 minutes

16 November - 22 December 2023

Odéon 6e

with Jean-Baptiste Anoumon, Bénédicte Cerutti, Boutaïna El Fekkak, Alexandre Pallu, Pierric Plathier, Chloé Réjon, Jean-Philippe Vidal, Clémentine Vignais

The tragedy written by a young 28-year old poet is famous for the string of impossible, unrequited, frustrated loves in which the characters are caught. But isn’t this engulfing dead end, asks Stéphane Braunschweig, linked to who they are: survivors, be they winners or losers, already devastated by the horror they went through — the Trojan war? He sees Andromaque as a post-traumatic play in which characters walk in blood, on the edge between resilience and the return of endless violence: Pyrrhus, son of Achilles, dreams of a total war, against his own side, to win Andromaque; Orestes, ambassador, has it for his mission to kill a child, heir of the throne of Troy; Hermione, Helena’s daughter, does not shy away from murder. After Pirandello’s As You Desire Me, a play haunted by World War I, Stéphane Braunschweig again puts on the stage identities destroyed by history.