Maison de poupée ( The Doll's House - Nora)

by Henrik Ibsen

  • Theatre
  • Show
The 2003 archive

Thomas Ostermeier



In their modern designer-style loft, in the heart of the upcoming areas of Berlin, the characters of A Doll's House represent the young bourgeoisie of the early 21st Century. Nora seems to espouse the happiness suggested by advertsing. She is a clockwork heroine, with the air of a luxury \'Barbie' doll, looked after by her young banker husband Helmer who is fulfilled in his life, tolerant and open-minded. Beneath the features of actress Anne Tismer, Nora gradually makes her masks fall, proving that the Womens' cause and their emancipation have yet to be won. When it was first performed, Ibsen's heroine overwhelmed the bourgeois society at the end of the 19th Century. Nora, after a scandal, left the conjugal home and her role as a model spouse. Today, through this couple, the young people who are products of the sexual revolution, ambitious creatures amid a liberal economy full of risks, throw themselves into a merciless war pulsating with sex and money.At 34 years old, Thomas Ostermeier, co-director of the Schaubühne in Berlin, is seen as the leader of the new Berlin stage scene. At the Avignon Festival, he has already shown his explosive visions of Man is Man by Brecht, Shopping and Fucking by Mark Ravenhill, Below the Belt by Richard Dresser and The Death of Danton by George Büchner. In this new translation of A Doll's House, he projects Ibsen's drama on a revolving stage where a glamourous soap-opera plays out, and turns into a burning descent into hell. Ostermeier says “Society is regressing. The economic situation and unemployment on one hand, and the image of women as an object as seen through advertising on the other, have once again made it commonplace for women to devote their lives to a man's achievement of success. One hundred and twenty years after the play was first staged, I observe that in spite of the major upheavals of the 1970s, there is a return to archaic social models.”


stage direction Thomas Ostermeier
cast :Lars Eidinger, Jörg Hartmann, Agnes Lampkin, Jenny Schily, Kay Bartholomäus Schulze, Enrico Stolzenburg, Anne Tismer et les enfants Milena Bühring, Sophia Bühring, Constantin Fischer
German translation:Hinrich Schmidt-Henkel
scenography :Jan Pappelbaum
costumes: Almut Eppinger
musiv :Lars Eidinger
dramaturg: Beate Heine, Maja Zade
lighting :Erich Schneider


Production :Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz (Berlin)
avec le soutien :de l'Onda pour les surtitres
avec l'aide :de la République fédérale d'Allemagne dans le cadre du programme culturel du 40e anniversaire du Traité de l'Élysée

Practical infos