Based on Thomas Bernhard and Arthur Schnitzler

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Julien Gosselin

France - Germany / Created in 2023

Thomas Bernhard, Arthur Schnitzler… Between collective energy and monologues, a journey through Europe, from its collapse in the 20th century to contemporary anxieties.

Extinction, Julien Gosselin, 2023 © Christophe Raynaud de Lage


The apocalypse, past and present. In the artistic sophistication and intellectual effervescence in the Vienna of the 1900s, Julien Gosselin shows us the total destruction of European art and Western civilisation. The aspiration to beauty and to an ideal clash with the naked brutality of the death drive. He showcases the individual standing at the end of a world, in an angry and defiant energy that can only lead to his own extinction… Since the creation of his company, Si vous pouviez lécher mon cœur, Julien Gosselin has always focused on the collective. For Extinction, he brought in several actors and actresses of the Volksbühne, the legendary Berlin theatre, for an unprecedented collaboration. A show within a show unfolds before our eyes in the language of Arthur Schnitzler and Thomas Bernhard, at the crossroads between electronic music concert, total video installation, and a radical theatre of words.

Interview with Julien Gosselin


With Guillaume Bachelé, Joseph Drouet, Denis Eyriey, Carine Goron, Zarah Kofler, Rosa Lembeck, Victoria Quesnel, Marie Rosa Tietjen, Maxence Vandevelde, Max Von Mechow
Text Thomas Bernhard, Arthur Schnitzler, Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Adaptation and direction Julien Gosselin
Dramaturgy Eddy d'Aranjo, Johanna Höhmann
Translation , Anne Pernas, Francesca Spinazzi, Panthea
Music Guillaume Bachelé, Maxence Vandevelde
Set design Lisetta Buccellato
Lighting Nicolas Joubert
Sound Julien Feryn
Video Jérémie Bernaert, Pierre Martin Oriol
Costumes Caroline Tavernier assisted by Marjolaine Mansot
Video frame Jérémie Bernaert, Baudouin Rencurel
With the participation of the teams of Si vous pouviez lécher mon cœur and Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
Assistant director Sarah Cohen, Max Pross
Props Lisetta Buccellato, David Ferré, Antoine Hespel, Yvonne Schulz, Carlotta Schuhmann
Calibration Laurent Ripoll
Stage and General Management Simon Haratyk, Guillaume Lepert
Lighting Management Zélie Champeau, Manon Meyer
Sound Management Manon Poirier
Video Management David Dubost, Philippe Suss
Video Surtitles Anne Pernas
Video Script Elsa Revcolevschi
Technical Training Marine Banal, Alix Capossela
Administration, production, diffusion Eugénie Tesson
Organisation of tours, cultural actions Marion Le Strat
Administration Olivier Poujol
Technical Direction Nicolas Ahssaine
With the artistic participation of the Jeune Théâtre national
Third part of the show based on the novel Extinction: un effondrement by Thomas Bernhard


Production Si vous pouviez lécher mon coeur, Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
Coproduction Printemps des Comédiens (Montpellier), Wiener Festwochen, Le Phénix Scène Nationale Valenciennes pôle européen de création, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Festival d’Avignon, Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Maison de la culture d’Amiens, Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, De Singel Anvers
With the support of the Ministry of Culture and for the 77th edition of the Festival d'Avignon: Spedidam
With the support of the Channel de Calais, Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe (Paris), École du Théâtre national de Strasbourg Set construction Volksbühne, Ateliers Devineau
With the artistic participation of the Jeune Théâtre National
Aknowledgements Laurent Hatat, Anima Motrix, Théo Vellas et Georges

Julien Gosselin and Si vous pouviez lécher mon cœur are associate artists at the Pôle Européen de Création, le Phénix scène nationale Valenciennes and the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers. Julien Gosselin is an associate artist at Berlin's Volksbühne.

Si vous pouviez lécher mon cœur is supported by the Ministry of Culture Drac Hauts-de-France and by the Région Hauts-de-France.
Thomas Bernhard is represented by L'Arche - agence théâtrale.

Thomas Bernhard is represented by L'Arche - agence théâtrale.

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