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L'Histoire du soldat

Openning: 25/04/2018
Théâtre Radiant-Bellevue
Lyon, France
Compositor: Ígor Stravinski
Text: Ferdinand Ramuz
Stage Director: Àlex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus)
With the collaboration of: 
Ramon Simó i Valentina Carrasco
Set Designer: Lluc Castells
Video: Emmanuel Carlier
Costume Designer: Lluc Castells
Lighting Designer: Elena Gui i Urs Schönebaum
Dramaturgy: Júlia Canosa, Valentina Carrasco, Ramon Simó i Àlex Ollé

Coproduction: Opéra National de Lyon, Opéra de Laussane and Opéra National de Montpellier


To celebrate the hundred years of Histoire du soldat we understand the devil not as a representative of the Evil or the Malevolent, but as the voice of the unconscious, distancing ourselves from a more ludic and fun approach. Thus, from an actual perspective, the good and the evil are not external agents of the soldier but aspects that are part of his personality and a clear proof of human’s complexity.

This mise en scène tries to find the balance between the history of a soldier from a hundred years ago and the stories of our contemporary soldiers. Hence the reference we take from the classical fiction Johnny got his gun by Dalton Trumbo, and the testimonial of the suicidal letter from Daniel Somes, a veteran from Iraq’s war. The aim is a mixture between the conflict of a man that is leaving a war to enter another war within himself and his demons.