Choreography for actors in a theater production of Molière’s comedy at the Stadttheater Bern

(Original German title: Der Menschenfeind)

“The Bernese theater season opened auspiciously this year with a production that bristles with vitality, is rich in physical invention (choreography courtesy of Joshua Monten), and—pardon!—treats Molière’s text with refreshingly little respect.”
Beatrice Eichmann-Leutenegger, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 29 September 2008

“The director, Stefan Otteni, relocates this caustic comedy in the present, in a society of well-dressed, beautiful young things who love to live, love to love, and love to dance. Indeed, dancing plays a central role in Otteni’s staging. It represents vitality and community. In fact, how one dances is an expression of one’s place in a group, how one fits into a predetermined structure… The dances, choreographed by Joshua Monten, fulfill diverse functions: as a form of combat, as a symbol for making love. The internal logic of the dances yields quite stunning images.”
Maria Künzli, Berner Zeitung, 27 September 2008

Directed by

Stefan Otteni

Stage and Costume Design

Anne Neuser

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

25 September 2008 — Stadttheater Bern (CH) (premiere)
4 October 2008 — Konzert Theater Bern (CH)
18 October 2008 — Konzert Theater Bern (CH)
19 October 2008 — Konzert Theater Bern (CH)
24 October 2008 — Konzert Theater Bern (CH)
25 October 2008 — Konzert Theater Bern (CH)
20 December 2008 — Konzert Theater Bern (CH)
31 December 2008 — Konzert Theater Bern (CH)