Versailles

21.10-16.02

Versailles

18th century barber-surgeons, Louis XIV’s painful fistula, courtly morning rituals, the bizarre diaper fashion of the aristocrats and the castle’s beloved orange tree garden all converge in a theatrical fantasy of the divine and profane.

Versailles is inspired by the Sun King Louis XIV’s court and it allows for the values of the elite from the beginning of the 18th century to collide with our time. In the piece co-directed by Jussi Sorjanen and Sinna Virtanen the working group mirrors their own societal pain points in the sun-kings’s golden splendor.

Versailles takes a playful approach to historical accuracy.

The play is shaped through a cooperation process between fashion designer Janette Laakso, light designer Jenni Pystynen, sound designer Tatu Nenonen and the cast at Viirus theatre. This visually lavish play is a meeting point for an imaginatively recreated costume drama and scenography clad in mirrors and gold.

Versailles is a fantasy about the Sun King’s golden afternoon
Versailles is a fantasy about pain and loneliness
Versailles is a fantasy about the poisoners’ dark mass
Versailles is a fantasy about stench and dung
Versailles is a fantasy about our obsession with gossip
Versailles is a fantasy about abundance and scarcity
Versailles is a fantasy about communities.

Premiere 21.10.2022
Tickets 31 / 27 / 17 


Direction and dramaturgy Jussi Sorjanen and Sinna Virtanen
On stage Maria Ahlroth, Martin Bahne, Iida Kuningas, Oskar Pöysti, Jessica Raita 

Scenography and light design Jenni Pystynen 
Costume design Janette Laakso 
Sound design Tatu Nenonen 
Masking and wigs Ari Haapaniemi, Riikka Virtanen 

Language Swedish, subtitled to English and Finnish (link to instructions)
Length about 1.5 h
Content warnings theatre smoke, loud sounds, fragrances and hay pellets (non-dusting). More info: viirus@viirus.fi / 09 440 224 (work days 9-16).

PRESSPHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE

Sinna Virtanens och Jussi Sorjanens Versailles är en underhållande helhet.

HBL

★★★★ – Teatteria kaikille aisteille

Helsingin Sanomat

Versailles på Viirus är en serie stiliga tablåer kring makt och underkastelse vid ”Solkungen” Ludvig XIV:s hov.

Svenska Yle

Versailles on hillittömyyttä, intensiivisyyttä ja addiktiota. Ylenmääräistä fantasiaa. Fyysistä ja henkistä ylensyöntiä – unohtamatta peräaukkokirurgiaa, josta siitäkin uhkasi tulla muotia.

Hanna Helavuori

Luokkakantainen maku ja mauttomuus lyövät kättä tavan takaa tavalla josta kulttuurisosiologi Pierre Bourdieukin innostuisi.

Voima