force of habit (bis)

(thomas bernhard)

New version of Bernhard's comedy on the idea that practice makes perfect.
New translation, different actors and hardly any stage set.

Premiere: May 2010, Scène Nationale de Sète - Balaruc-le-Vieux (FR)

The first version ('Force of habit') was created in 2003.

The text

Austrian Thomas Bernhard (1931-1989) writes the play 'Die Macht der Gewohnheit' [The Force of Habit] in 1974 and terms it a comedy. With biting satire he sketches a portrait of a so-called artist whose ambition far surpasses his talent. Under the motto 'Practice bears art!', the artist's ego inflates while he tyrannizes those around him.
Bernhard pens this text one year after the death of world-famous Catalan cellist Pablo Casals. Casals' greatness is held up against the insignificance of Caribaldi, a circus boss who together with his troupe rehearse Schubert's 'Trout Quintet' every evening in his caravan. And just like the trout swimming against the current, he is determined - against better judgement - to attain perfection. As always with Bernhard, actors and public alternate between those moments when the author passionately defends his characters and others when he pitilessly makes them ridiculous.

Waas Gramser and Kris Van Trier have created a new translation from the original German. With 'Force of Habit', Comp.Marius in 2003 mounted their first production of a text by Thomas Bernhard. In 2005, a few of his 'dramascules' were played in the collage-performance 'Brief Interrogation'.


Translation: Waas Gramser, Marie Bos
Actors: Waas Gramser, Kris Van Trier, Marie Bos, Benny Claessens, Eline Kuppens