Lucrèce Borgia


Crime, débauche, inceste : Lucrèce Borgia, fille et sœur de papes, est accusée des maux les plus infâmes. Un seul homme, pourtant, la fait trembler : son fils, Gennaro, jeune soldat au cœur pur qui se croit orphelin. Par amour pour lui, cette femme vénéneuse veut racheter son passé et laver son nom, honni de l’Italie tout entière. Par-delà le monstre, Hugo dresse le portrait d’une femme qui s’efforce de métamorphoser son âme. Signe de son triomphe immédiat, la pièce a fait l’objet de plusieurs parodies. Cette édition reproduit la plus réussie d’entre elles, Tigresse Mort-aux-Rats, réécriture burlesque et satirique qui dissèque les rouages du théâtre hugolien. Elle comprend également un entretien avec le metteur en scène David Bobée, qui revient sur sa lecture politique et esthétique de l’œuvre. Dossier : 1. Création et réception 2. Du texte à sa représentation 3. La mise en scène de David Bobée : «épurée, âpre, râpeuse et sensuelle» 4. Figures de la violence au théâtre 5. Les femmes criminelles à l’époque romantique.
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VICTOR HUGO'S long and chequered life (1802-85) was filled with experiences of the most diverse character - literature and politics, the court and the street, parliament and the theatre, labour, struggles, disappointments, exile and triumphs. --- In 1855 he began a 15-year-long exile on the island of Guernsey, where he completed, among others, his longest and most famous work, Les Miserables (1862), and also The Man Who Laughs (L'Homme qui rit; 1869), also known as "By Order of the King," a historic novel with fictional characters, set in England 1688-1705. --- .it will be seen that, here again, the story is admirably adapted to the moral. The constructive ingenuity exhibited throughout is almost morbid. Nothing could be more happily imagined. than the adventures of Gwynplaine, the itinerant mountebank, snatched suddenly out of his little way of life, and installed without preparation as one of the hereditary legislators of a great country. It is with a very bitter irony that the paper, on which all this depends, is left to float for years at the will of wind and tide. What, again, can be finer in conception than that voice from the people heard suddenly in the House of Lords, in solemn arraignment of the pleasures and privileges of its splendid occupants? The horrible laughter, stamped for ever "by order of the king" upon the face of this strange spokesman of democracy, adds yet another feature of justice to the scene; in all time, travesty has been the argument of oppression; and, in all time, the oppressed might have made this answer: "If I am vile, is it not your system that has made me so?" ---Robert Louis Stevenson"
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