On the seventh floor of the luxury hotel Splendid, seven gangsters are holding an American millionaire’s daughter hostage, though she is now dead having been “accidentally” strangled by one of the gangsters. The hotel is surrounded by the police who hesitate to storm in for fear of jeopardizing the life of the young heiress. To fool them, the gangsters pretend that the young woman is still alive...

With Splendid's, Arthur Nauzyciel continues his pursuit of an aesthetic exploration between theatre and cinema, where boundaries between dreaming and waking, reality and illusion, are blurred. This two-act play is a sensuous, spectral dance of death; a metaphysical rendition of a James Cagney movie ; a film noir haunted by baroque hallucinations and gay fantasies.

Performed in English with an American cast and French actor Xavier Gallais, this new work features Arthur Nauzyciel's closest artistic collaborators to date : Scott Zelinski on lights, Riccardo Hernandez on set design, Damien Jalet on choreography and José Levy on costumes.

Jean Genet's only film, Un Chant d'Amour (1950) is screened as the first part of the performance. Film rated 16+

Running time : film 24 mins + show 110 mins


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Text by Jean Genet
Direction : Arthur Nauzyciel
English translation : Neil Bartlett
Set : Riccardo Hernandez
Lights : Scott Zielinski
Artistic collaboration and choreography : Damien Jalet
Costumes and tattoos : José Lévy, assisted by Fabien Ghernati
Sound : Xavier Jacquot
Set assistant : James Brandily
US Casting Collaboration : Judy Bowman, CSA (USA)
Stage manager : Jean-Marc Hennaut
Cast : Jared Craig (Pierrot), Xavier Gallais (Policeman), Ismail Ibn Conner (Blaze, La Rafale), Rudy Mungaray (Johnny), Daniel Pettrow (Bob), Timothy Sekk (Riton), Neil Patrick Stewart ou David Barlow (Bravo), James Waterston ou Michael Laurence (Scott)
and the voice of Jeanne Moreau

Production : CDN Orléans/Loiret/Centre.
Coproduction : Région Centre, Le Parvis, Scène nationale Tarbes-Pyrénées ; Centre dramatique régional de Tours - Théâtre Olympia ; MCB° Maison de la Culture de Bourges/Scène nationale.
With the support of the French Institute and the city of Orléans.
With the participation of The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the Abrons Arts Center, and the Pioneer Works for New York’s rehearsals.
The set has been built in the workshops of the MCB° Bourges, Scène nationale.