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King Size
King Size
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes (no intermission)
  • 16 oct 2016, 19:00
Théâtre de Vidy, Lausanne
Lausanne, Switzerland

Premiere – March 8th, 2013

A hotel room, at the centre of which sits a «king size» bed, surrounded by blue panelling and floral upholstery – a truly bourgeois, vaudevillian decor. In the intimacy of this room, a man and a woman – accompanied by an older woman – strike up an eclectic musical repertoire, ranging from traditional songs and classical works to «pop music». According to the pieces they are performing, they outline a few steps of ballroom dance, thus bestowing upon their actions a certain comical dimension. This irresistible zaniness to which Christoph Marthaler invites us is enlivened by the eccentric gestures of the actors.
The desirable peaceful entente of individuals with different personalities is here evoked; however, rather than showing harmonious interactions, it evidences the loneliness, the grotesque conventions and the tragic daily lives of human beings. With «King Size», Marthaler gives music the lead, thus creating a whimsical show full of tenderness and melancholy.

Director Christoph Marthaler
Musical direction Bendix Dethleffsen
Set design Duri Bischoff
Costumes Sarah Schittek
Dramaturgy Malte Ubenauf
Lighting Heide Voegelin Lights

On tour:
Stage manager Peter Affentranger
Lighting manager Jean-Luc Mutrux
Dresser and props Cornelia Peter
Tour manager Anne-Christine Liske

Cast: Tora Augestad, Bendix Dethleffsen, Michael Von Der Heide, Nikola Weisse

Théâtre de Vidy, Lausanne

The theatre is open to all and dedicated to contemporary creation, defining itself as a site of encounters between today’s art and the widest possible audience. For artists, it provides an exceptional workspace coupled with a solid production facility and a technical team with a broad range of expertise. For audiences, it provides the opportunity to share powerful artistic experiences, along with numerous events relating the works to major issues our society is currently undergoing.

Christoph Marthaler
Christoph Marthaler

Born in Erlenbach in the Canton of Zürich, first trained as an oboist and flautist before turning to the theatrical world. Inspired by these two artistic worlds, he then began to create shows in which music and words are in constant dialogue. His first musical piece, «Indeed», saw the day in 1980 in Zürich.
As a director, Marthaler stands out with his innovative aesthetics, anchoring his plays in the scenery of daily life – such as that of waiting rooms or cafés – thus playing with the forms of representations. He presents ordinary figures in a shattered world, in the throes of existential and relational questions; touching on the human condition with tenderness, humour and humanity. A master of slowness, irony and discrepancy, he has invented an idiosyncratic scenic poetry, made of lyrics, songs and music.

Production Theater Basel / Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
Supported by Pro Helvetia – Fondation suisse pour la culture