La Seconde Surprise de l'amour A comedy in three acts by Pierre Carlet de Chamblain Marivaux

Stage-, lighting designer:
Costume designer:
Moidele Bickel
Dieter Sturm
Assistant to the lighting designer:
Jean-Luc Chanonat
Sound designer:
André Serré
Masks, hair:
Cécile Kretschmar
Artistic assistance:

Geoffrey Layton
German surtitles:
Dóra Kapusta
Pascal Bongard, Audrey Bonnet, Clotilde Hesme, Roger Jendly, Roch Leibovici, Micha Lescot

In French with German surtitles

A grieving young woman and a grieving young man meet. Both of them are mourning their first love, the one died and the other entered a cloister. Neither of them wants to love again, however they enter into a heartfelt friendship – in order to read books together – so they say. But this friendship is not easy. It consists mainly of misunderstandings, because love is not allowed to be called love, nor is jealousy allowed to be called jealousy. Neither will admit to any feelings, they are both far too haughty for that; and neither wishes to be seen as the weaker.

In his much-lauded premiere in Paris, Luc Bondy turned Marivaux’ complicated couple into contemporary singleton narcissists who are afraid of the absoluteness of emotion, are afraid of their own weaknesses and no longer understand what they are feeling. In the eighties Luc Bondy re-introduced Marivaux to the German stage with his production of Triumph der Liebe, considered by all to be a theatrical triumph.

»Marivaux is an anachronistic and modern author, who even before Sigmund Freud wrote about the workings of narcissism and about the conformities of desire, of the fear of being possessed and the fear of being rejected. The characters devised by Marivaux manipulate each other and reach solutions that are not always convincing, but still lead to an imitation of happiness.«
Luc Bondy

A co-production of the RuhrTriennale with the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Théâtre Nanterre Amandiers, Wiener Festwochen, MC2:Grenoble Scène nationale, Nouveau Théâtre d’Angers – Centre dramatique national des Pays de Loire, Théâtre de Caen, Festival d’Automne à Paris, commissioned by the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne and supported by the Fondation Leenaards.