DIRECTION, STAGE, VIDEO & LIGHT DESIGN BY PETER MISSOTTENKWARTET - Heiner Müller - Toneelhuis - Schauspielhaus Wien 2007
'Salon before the French Revolution/Bunker after World War III'. This is how Heiner Müller describes the setting of his play Quartet: Waiting for the guillotine lasts as long as waiting after the bomb.
The end time sets in.
Müller wrote this biting dialogue between Valmont and Merteuil as a contemporary version of Laclos' Les liaisons dangereuses. It became one of his most played texts.
Peter Missotten designed a small theater cube for about eighty spectators for Quartet. With two men floating above the heads of the audience. Like a loose spacecraft in the vacuum of history. The installation is a machine that produces loneliness and forces the actors into detachment, making the subcutaneous passion experienced as if from beneath a thick sheet of ice.
“Rarely have the formalism and aloofness of power, the coldness and loneliness of the two living dead been so impressively and so simply complex staged.”
Renate Klett, Theater Heute
“Quartet is both an exciting role-playing game and a clash between giants. It is love at its grimest, biting down until it runs out and crushing others to entertain itself.” — De Standaard
Direction, stage, light and video design
TONEELHUIS & DE FILMFABRIEK