theater

Western

Mathieu Bauer / Creation



Introducing the great open spaces of the Wild West into the theatre takes some doing! Mathieu Bauer takes on the challenge and transposes Day of the Outlaw to the stage, with the same impetuous troupe that performed Shock Corridor.

At the time of the pioneers, far off in the snow-covered forests of Wyoming, a small town inhabited by farmers and cowboys is feuding. There’s no sheriff here: everyone takes the law into their own hands. Things take an unexpected turn with the arrival of outlaws who take the population hostage. Day of the Outlaw, a classic adapted for the screen in 1959, combines all the ingredients of the genre. It also stands out from conventional westerns due to its raw and corrosive realism. With their feet in the snow, ten actors embody the characters of this tense drama set in a hostile wilderness, in this free adaptation by Mathieu Bauer.

Biography

Mathieu Bauer’s main concern is to create works whose topics resonate with the stakes of our times. Guided by the notion of a theater closely linked to music, cinema and literature, where montage is conceived as a way to put down barriers between artistic forms, Mathieu Bauer works from very diverse texts and materials: newspaper articles, essays, novels, films, operas, and of course theater plays. He composes new structures which combine rhythm, text, singing and image. Here lies the specificity of his work and the basic logic of his theatrical practice.    

Credits

with Éléonore Auzou-Connes, Clément Barthelet, Joseph Dahan, Romain Darrieu, Rémi Fortin, Johanna Hess, Emma Liégeois, Thalia Otmanetelba, Romain Pageard, Maud Pougeoise, Adrien Serre
and musicians Mathieu Bauer, Sylvain Cartigny, Joseph Dahan

freely adapted from Day of the Outlaw by Lee Wells
adaptation and stage direction Mathieu Bauer
artistic collaboration and composition Sylvain Cartigny
scenography and costumes Chantal de la Coste
dramaturgy Thomas Pondevie
sound Alexis Pawlak
light Xavier Lescat