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Theatre / World Premiere


Émile Zola, Luk Perceval

Armin Smailovic

Luk Perceval has adapted and directed Émile Zola’s cycle of Rougon-Macquart novels into a theatrical marathon, the ‘Trilogy of my Family’. The first two parts of the trilogy, ‘Liebe’ and ‘Geld’ (‘Love’ and ‘Money’) were premiered at the Ruhrtriennale in 2015 and 2016. The third part, ‘Hunger’,  and the complete trilogy can now be seen at the Ruhrtriennale 2017. 
Doctor Pascal researches and documents his family’s history in the hope of understanding how there can be so much addition, misery, and rampant ambition among the members of a single family. There is the washerwoman Gervaise, seeking her fortune in Paris, her daughter Nana who tries to escape poverty and works her way up to better society by becoming a high-class prostitute, the restless stockbroker and department store owner Saccard, who pursues a policy of infinite expansion – until he falls in love with his employee Denise, Gervaise’s sons Etienne and Jacques: one a revolutionary, one a train driver pursued by a desire to kill. These and many other unforgettable characters are embodied by the Thalia Theater Hamburg’s unrivalled ensemble and present an entire historical panorama in this remarkable stage event.