Macht der gewoonte

Thomas Bernhard

New translation of Thomas Bernhard's 1974 comedy 'Die Macht der Gewohnheit'.

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. 

Premiere: August 2003, Zomer van Antwerpen, Antwerp (BE)
Premiere French version: July 2004, Festival Paris Quartier d'été, Paris (FR)

The staging
In the open air. With a semi-circular, wooden grandstand of Comp.Marius erected on a parcel of open ground on the edge of the city, on an insalubrious spot under a bridge or at an abandoned factory site. 
There is a two-minute pause during which the circus artists are cajoled by their boss to hawk ice-cream to the crowd. At play's conclusion, the bar re-opens.
Performed in Dutch and in French.

Credits
Translation: Waas Gramser, Kris Van Trier
French translation: Monique Nagielkopf
Actors: Waas Gramser, Kris Van Trier, Yves Degryse, Kyoko Scholiers, Frank Dierens
Costumes (design and realisation): Thijsje Strypens
Sets/technical (realisation): Koen Schetske
Co-production: De onderneming with Zomer Van Antwerpen 2003

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