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Life & Times of Michael K

After the novel by J. M. Coetzee// Adapted for the stage by Lara Foot, in collaboration with the Handspring Puppet Company

19-05-2022 - 20-05-2022

Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg
1 Rond-point Schuman

Short description:

In English, Afrikaans & Xhosa, with German surtitles

Introduction to the play by Janine Goedert 30 minutes before every performance (EN).




In English, Afrikaans & Xhosa, with German surtitles

Introduction to the play by Janine Goedert 30 minutes before every performance (EN).

Âge recommandé: 16

Following last season's Africa Focus and red bridge project, the Théâtres de la Ville continue to explore this continent, its political and cultural heritage, and rich creativity. Life & Times of Michael K is based on the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee, chronicler of South Africa's transition from apartheid.

Michael K. is a man to whom life has not been kind. Born with a harelip, mocked and rejected, he leads a simple life as a gardener. When his mother wants to spend her final days on the distant farm where she grew up, Michael sets off to take her through a country shaken by civil war and finds strength in his own humanity and a profound connection to the earth.

The director is Lara Foot, known for the new South African writing she nurtures at Cape Town's acclaimed Baxter Theatre Centre, and for her own plays on such hard-hitting issues as child rape. This new production, commissioned by Festival Theater der Welt (Düsseldorf) and co-produced by the Théâtres de la Ville, combines puppetry created by award-winning Handspring Puppet Company, vivid cinematic visuals, extraordinary music by Kyle Shepherd and live actors.

Written & directed by Lara Foot

Puppetry direction Adrian Kohler & Basil Jones

Puppetry direction, design & creation Adrian Kohler, Handspring Puppet Company

Composer Kyle Shepherd

Set Designer Patrick Curtis

Costume Designer Phyllis Midlane

Lighting Designer Joshua Cutts

Sound Designer Simon Kohler

Sound System Designer David Claassen

Projection Designer & Editor Yoav Dagan

Projection Designer Kirsti Cumming

Director of photography (film), photographer Fiona McPherson

Director of photography Barrett De Kock

Actors Sandra Prinsloo, Andrew Buckland, Faniswa Yisa, Carlo Daniels, Billy Langa, Nolufefe Ntshuntshe

Puppet Master Craig Leo

Puppeteers Roshina Ratnam, Marty Kintu, Markus Schabbing

Co-production Festival Theater der Welt Düsseldorf 2021; Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus; Baxter Theatre Centre, Kapstadt; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg