19.05 - 20.05

Life & Times of Michael K

théâtre . Grand Théâtre
Life & Times of Michael K
Lieu Grand Théâtre
In English, Afrikaans & Xhosa
2h10 & entracte
with German surtitles
Introduction to the play by Janine Goedert 30 minutes before every performance (EN).

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âge recommandé

Following last season’s Africa Focus and red bridge project, the Théâtres de la Ville continue to explore this continent, its political and cultural heritage, and rich creativity. Life & Times of Michael K is based on the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee, chronicler of South Africa’s transition from apartheid.

Life & Times of Michael K

Michael K. is a man to whom life has not been kind. Born with a harelip, mocked and rejected, he leads a simple life as a gardener. When his mother wants to spend her final days on the distant farm where she grew up, Michael sets off to take her through a country shaken by civil war and finds strength in his own humanity and a profound connection to the earth.

The director is Lara Foot, known for the new South African writing she nurtures at Cape Town’s acclaimed Baxter Theatre Centre, and for her own plays on such hard-hitting issues as child rape. This new production, commissioned by Festival Theater der Welt (Düsseldorf) and co-produced by the Théâtres de la Ville, combines puppetry created by award-winning Handspring Puppet Company, vivid cinematic visuals, extraordinary music by Kyle Shepherd and live actors.


Written & directed by
Lara Foot
Puppetry direction
Adrian Kohler & Basil Jones
Puppetry direction, design & creation
Adrian Kohler, Handspring Puppet Company
Kyle Shepherd
Set Designer
Patrick Curtis
Costume Designer
Phyllis Midlane
Lighting Designer
Joshua Cutts
Sound Designer
Simon Kohler
Sound System Designer
David Claassen
Projection Designer & Editor
Yoav Dagan
Projection Designer
Kirsti Cumming
Director of photography (film), Photographer
Fiona McPherson
Director of photography
Barrett De Kock
Sandra Prinsloo, Andrew Buckland, Faniswa Yisa, Carlo Daniels, Billy Langa, Nolufefe Ntshuntshe
Puppet Master
Craig Leo
Roshina Ratnam, Marty Kintu, Markus Schabbing
Festival Theater der Welt Düsseldorf 2021; Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus; Baxter Theatre Centre, Kapstadt; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg


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