Kraftzentrale, Kraftzentrale, Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord

Monumental heroine and iconic actress: a monologue

Freely inspired by Jean Racine’s Bérénice, Romeo Castellucci brings to life an adaptation of this classic tragedy in the form of a monologue by international acting icon Isabelle Huppert. Two lovers must separate for the sake of the state. The Roman Emperor Titus falls in love with the Jewish Queen Bérénice and discovers she loves him in return. However, the laws of Rome forbid him to marry her. Here, love is the theatre of cruelty. Bérénice is probably the most unsettling tragedy ever written. And yet it has moved us to tears for centuries, as if we can see ourselves inside it. Huppert’s voice is the source of almost every sound, noise and silence in this performance, edited and processed by sound artist Scott Gibbons. A majestic return to the Ruhrtriennale by Romeo Castellucci. 

Produced by Societas, Cesena; Printemps des Comédiens / Cité du Théâtre Domaine d’O, Montpellier. Co-produced by Ruhrtriennale, Théâtre de La Ville Paris, Comédie de Genève, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, deSingel International Arts Center, Festival Temporada Alta, Teatro di Napoli – Teatro Nazionale, Thalia Theater Hamburg, Onassis Stegi, Triennale Milano, National Taichung Theater, Holland Festival, LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, TAP - Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers, La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand – Scène Nationale, Théâtre national de Bretagne.

„Acting is a way of living out one’s insanity.“
Isabelle Huppert


  • Direction
    • Romeo Castellucci
  • Music
    • Scott Gibbons
  • Costumes
    • Iris van Herpen ,
    • Chiara Venturini
  • A monologue with
    • Isabelle Huppert
  • And with the participation of
    • Cheikh Kébé ,
    • Giovanni Manzo
  • Assistant Director
    • Silvano Voltolina
  • Technical Direction
    • Eugenio Resta
  • Stage Technician
    • Andrei Benchea ,
    • Stefano Valandro
  • Light Technician
    • Andrea Sanson
  • Sound technician
    • Claudio Tortorici
  • Hair styling and make up ideation
    • Sylvie Cailler ,
    • Jocelyne Milazzo
  • Stage sculptures and automations
    • Plastikart Studio Amoroso & Zimmermann
  • Production direction Societas
    • Benedetta Briglia ,
    • Marko Rankov
  • Production and Tour
    • Giulia Colla
  • Organisation
    • Bruno Jacob ,
    • Leslie Perrin ,
    • Caterina Soranzo
  • Contribution to production
    • Gilda Biasini
  • Technical headquarter team
    • Lorenzo Camera ,
    • Carmen Castellucci ,
    • Francesca Di Serio ,
    • Gionni Gardini
  • Costume Intern
    • Madeleine Tessier
  • Movement double
    • Serena Dibiase
  • Lines Repeater
    • Agathe Vidal
  • Administration
    • Michaela Medri ,
    • Elisa Bruno ,
    • Simona Barducci
  • Economic consultant
    • Massimiliano Coli
  • Technical Project Manager Ruhrtriennale
    • Darko Šošić
  • Technician
    • Christian Benz ,
    • Anne Gollasch ,
    • Carl Schenkel
  • Dressing, collaboration costumes
    • Daniela Bermudez ,
    • Dorothée Grohs ,
    • Carmen Oertwig


  • Language

    French with German and English surtitles

  • Supporters

    Supported by Ammodo.

  • Run time

    1 h 40 min

  • Age guidance

    Recommended from 16 years

  • Advise on content

    The event will deal with depression and suicide.

  • Introduction

    An introduction will take place in the foyer of the Kraftzentrale one hour before the start of each event.

  • Introduction

    An introduction will take place in the foyer of the Kraftzentrale one hour before the start of each event.

  • Open Call for local performers
  • Addtional show
  • Information on dates
  • Bring Your Friends

Directions and arrival

Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord
Emscherstr. 71
47137 Duisburg

  • Public transport and KombiTicket
  • Directions
  • Bike rental metropolradruhr
  • Accessibility at the venue

  • Access
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Hearing support
  • Sign language translation
  • Festival team on site
  • Dates and Tickets
    Sun 25.8.2024
    18 p.m. Theatre Kraftzentrale, Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord
    Mon 26.8.2024
    20 p.m. Theatre Kraftzentrale, Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord
    Tue 27.8.2024
    20 p.m. Theatre Kraftzentrale, Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord
    Thu 29.8.2024
    20 p.m. Theatre Kraftzentrale, Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord