Tokyo Festival 2019 ‘History of Violence’

  • Events
  • October 24 - 26, 2019
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre

About the event

How do you perceive forms of violence tolerated by the society?

At 4:00 am in the Place de la République in Paris, while returning home from a Christmas dinner, young Édouard   meets Reda, a man who has an Algerian background. They get talking, start to flirt and soon Édouard   is taking Reda back to his studio apartment. The two spend the night together, Reda talks about his childhood and his father who fled to France from Algeria. The mood is playful, they laugh, exchange caresses and have sex. But when, as they say goodbye to each other a few hours later, Édouard   discovers his smartphone is missing and Reda suddenly takes out a gun and threatens him, the situation quickly turns to one of intimidation, violence and rape. The next morning, Édouard goes to the police and seeks medical attention. At a loss over how to deal with his trauma, he flees to his sister Clara in provincial northern France and confides his story to her. The reactions to the dramatic incident by the people around him as well as the police and medical staff who are treating him uncover the racism, homophobia and obscure power structures deeply rooted in society.

Ticket information

SAdvance ¥5,000 Same Day ¥5,500
AAdvance ¥4,000 Same Day ¥4,500
Disability Discount (Advance only):S/¥4,500 A/¥3,600
Aged 29 or under (A seats only):¥3,000


Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre

1-8-1, Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Japan 171-0021


Date : 24th-26th, October 2019

10.24 [THU]7:30 PM
10.25 [FRI] 7:30 PM
10.26 [SAT] 2:00PM

*Language: German (with English and Japanese subtitles)


Original novel
Édouard Louis
Thomas Ostermeier
Christoph Gawenda
Laurenz Laufenberg
Renato Schuch
Alina Stiegler
Thomas Witte
Schaubühne Berlin
Coproduction with
Théâtre de la Ville Paris
Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles and St. Ann’s Warehouse Brooklyn.
Presented by
Tokyo Festival Executive Committee
[Toshima City, Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation, Festival / Tokyo Executive Committee, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture (Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre & Arts Council Tokyo)]
Supported by
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Tokyo Goethe-Institut Tokyo and Embassy of France in Japan / Institut français du Japon
Production Management by
precog co.,LTD.
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal 2019.
Tokyo Festival 2019 is held in corporation with Culture City of East Asia 2019 Toshima.

Press release

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