Returning to Reims

Didier Éribon
Thomas Ostermeier
Performed by
Cédric Eeckhout, Irène Jacob, Blade Mc Alimbaye

Based on Retour à Reims by Didier Éribon

Sociology, politics and homosexuality… Leading German director Thomas Ostermeier has written a play based on the autobiographical work by Didier Éribon, Returning to Reims.

An actress in a studio (played by Irène Jacob) is recording the commentary for a documentary based on a sociological essay. This is the opening of Returning to Reims, the stage adaptation of the bestselling book by Didier Éribon, created by director Thomas Ostermeier. “I thought it was important to respect the autobiographical aspect of this book”, explains the director of Schaubühne Berlin. This is why we have made a documentary film, visiting Reims with Didier Éribon, going to his mother’s house and in her kitchen, as well as to streets in Paris…”

Featuring theatrical perspectives and film images, intimate considerations and political reflections, Returning to Reims analyses the relationship between the failure of the left to embody hope for the working classes and the rise of the extreme right. Thomas Ostermeier’s play reveals the blind spots of today’s society, including the mechanisms of exclusion and the disappearance of the working class, resulting in a humanist appraisal of our contemporary world.

Running time
1 : 55
Main auditorium
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Based on the book Retour à Reims by Didier Éribon (Fayard, 2009), in the french version of the Schaubühne Berlin
Scenography and costume designer – Nina Wetzel / Music – Nils Ostendorf / Sound – Jochen Jezussek / Dramaturgy – Florian Borchmeyer, Maja Zade / Light creation – Erich Schneider / Director’s assistants – Lisa Como, Christèle Ortu
Film : Realization – Sébastien Dupouey, Thomas Ostermeier / Shooting Marcus Lenz, Sébastien Dupouey, Marie Sanchez / Mounting Sébastien Dupouey / Sound recording Peter Carstens, Robert Nabholz / Music – Nils Ostendorf / Sound – Jochen Jezussek / Archive search Laure Comte, Bagage (Sonja Heitmain, Uschi Feldges)  / Production – Stefan Nagel, Annette Poehlmann

Production: Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne (Suisse)
Coproduction: Théâtre de la Ville – Paris, Théâtre national de Strasbourg, TAP – Théâtre et Auditorium de Poitiers, Scène nationale d’Albi, La Coursive – Scène nationale La Rochelle, Bonlieu – Scène nationale Annecy, MA avec Granit – Scènes nationales de Belfort et de Montbéliard, Espace Malraux – Scène nationale de Chambéry et de la Savoie, Théâtre de Liège (Belgique)

“On sort sidéré de la représentation, ébloui par la force inouïe du théâtre. Ostermeier réinvente le théâtre politique”. Télérama