• Theater
Kirill Serebrennikov
Performed by
Odin Lund Biron, Alexey Bychkov, Yang Ge, Gueorgui Koudrenko, Nikita Kukushkin, Julia Loboda, Daniil Orlov, Andrey Petrouchenkov, Andrey Poliakov, Evgeny Romantsov, Anastassia Radkova, Evgeny Sangadzhiev, Igor Sharoïko

Texte, mise en scène et scénographie – Kirill Serebrennikov

Outside was one of the highlights of the 2019 Avignon Festival, in which Kirill Serebrennikov pays tribute to the Chinese photographer Ren Hang through theatre, music and dance.

Considered one of the most gifted artists of his generation, Ren Hang committed suicide in 2017 on his 29th birthday.
Persecuted by the Chinese authorities for his creative audacity and free spirit, the young photographer thus ended a career that focused as much on images as it did on words. Having himself been mistreated by his country’s government, Kirill Serebrennikov wanted to pay homage to the work and life of this extraordinary creator.
“Ren Hang’s photos are those of a virtuoso and magician, a hedonist and sex maniac,” explains the Russian director.
His texts and images are full of humour, hidden paradoxes, absurdity and joy.” With thirteen performers on stage, Outside brings out the force of a world that opens up to humans, to nudity, to views of cityscapes and the countryside – the force of a stylized and dreamlike world that sublimates the grace of an unsubdued, beautiful and free Chinese youth.

Programmed as part of the Festival Sens Interdits, festival international de théâtre

  • Carry-over 2020-21
  • International Russia
Running time
1 : 45

    from 9 to 40 €

    • SHOW IN RUSSAN with french and english subtitles
    • Not recommended for children under 18 years old

    Choreography – Ivan Estegneev, Evgeny Kulagin / Music – Ilya Demutsky / Costume designer – Tatiana Dolmatovskaya / Light designer –  Serguey Koucher / Director’s assistant – Anna Shalashova

    Production: M.ART (Modern Artlife Foundation)
    Coproduction: Festival d’Avignon With the support of the Gogol Center and Onda – Office national de Diffusion artistique

    In partnership with France Médias Monde

    Premiered on 16 July 2019 at Avignon Festival

    Outside, sublime révérence à Ren Hang”. Marianne

    “Rarement le metteur en scène et cinéaste russe Kirill Serebrennikov aura témoigné de si spectaculaire et insolente audace dans une création”. Télérama

    “Une ode à la liberté”. RFI

    “Kirill Serebrennikov s’évade en beauté”. Le Monde

    Outside devient alors le lieu d’une utopie harponnant le champ de l’art pour réinventer les possibles de la vie. Irrésistible”. Les Inrockuptibles

    “À la provocation, Serebrennikov a préféré l’esthétisme et échafaude une composition qui subjugue en tous points”. Sceneweb

    Avant-première de La fièvre de Petrov de Kirill Serebrennikov – 20 oct. à 20h au Cinéma Comoedia, en partenariat avec les Célestins
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