Retour à Reims, sur fond rouge

03/10/2017 - 21/10/2017

After the funeral of his father, Didier Eribon returns to his mother in Reims, his native town. He finds back the working class environment that he left thirty years earlier, thinking he could live far away from his family and that he could reinvent himself by turning his back on his past. Slowly he realizes that his breakup from his family can't be explained by his homosexuality, nor by the homophobia of his father, but rather by his shame for the social context he grew up in. He becomes aware of the social determinism that weighed on his parents and brothers. Next he tries to understand why his parents and the working class moved from a massive vote for the left to a vote for the extreme right.
Stéphane Arcas stages this distressing story in a very straightforward way as a shock, cut up in a series of linked monologues and accompanied by two musicians. He signs the adaptation as well.
It's all about making this family epic, which is set against a sociological background, resonate as a internalized scream close to jazz and rock; making the political sense resonate and free the emotion. « Freedom is what we do with what is done to us. » [The importance is not what one does to us, but what we do with what is done to us.] J.P. Sartre.

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