Pour un oui ou pour un non
“That’s it exactly!” This little sentence, slipped into conversation, starts a confrontation that unravels an old friendship between two men. Nathalie Sarraute’s fugue casually reveals the anguish and radical solitude of one man, given the unequivocal “no” of the other “like a comedy of survival,” as Jacques Lassalle might say.
There is not a single extraneous word, silence or point of suspension in this textual score, which requires an uncompromising presence on the part of the actors. The staging rides on the crest of words and gestures, between the exterior and interior of a subtext in the end, between the self and the other, between two facets of the ego. One seeks the world’s approval, while the other retreats to pursue the inner path. This is theatre as the abode of man.
TEXT BY NATHALIE SARRAUTE
DIRECTED BY JACQUES LASSALLE
COPRODUCTION THÉÂTRE NATIONAL DE LA COLLINE THÉÂTRE VIDY-LAUSANNE E.T.E.
COMPAGNIE JACQUES LASSALLE, POUR MÉMOIRE