Jérémie Le Louët

Le Horla

A fantastical recital based on the work of Guy de Maupassant

“It is a work of the imagination which will take the reader by surprise and send shivers down their spine… because it is strange indeed.” Guy de Maupassant

In contrast to the naturalistic work of Maupassant, Le Horla is the work of an artist at the height of his career. A man relates to us his turmoil and sources of anguish: all around him he detects the presence of an invisible being, a presence which will lead to him carrying out irrational, crazed actions.

The prose is graced with a flawless rhythm, in addition to a complex melodic structure. Each sentence is sculpted to perfection. This text, haunted by the figure of Flaubert, Maupassant’s literary double and master, cries out for a delivery which shifts from the scriptural to the phonic, using the whole range of vocal sounds and techniques: from whispering to incantation, bulimic outpouring and vocal aphasia. As is his custom, Jérémie Le Louët Louët has divided up the text into movements, rhythmic sequences within the confines of which he has built up sections of free verse. He has sought variations of intensities that are of a sufficiently brutal nature to enable us to see and hear a score which is intense, baroque and full of contrast. The staging does not seek to create a Normandy-inspired interior. Instead, by virtue of its simplicity and technical exigencies, it aims to shed light upon the obsessions, anguish, and metaphysical questions that the protagonist is subject to.

In Le Horla, Jérémie Le Louët finds strong resonances with his work as an actor.