“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.
“Do not miss Jérémie Le Louët’s excellent performance of this fantastical classic work. The artist’s creation of a darkness-filled atmosphere is unparalleled. In this honed-down show, he navigates the meanders of a strange character with consummate ease.”
Jack Dion – Marianne – November 2011
“Jérémie Le Louët transforms Le Horla into a formidable theatrical laboratory: the acting, lighting and sound make for a show the evocative and suggestive power of which is truly exceptional.”
Catherine Robert – La Terrasse – December 2011
“Here the actor reveals himself to be a master of anguish by literally making visible to the audience the imperceptible being, the ethereal Other that haunts Maupassant’s piece. We are treated to acting of the highest quality, and the applause bear witness to this. Truly enthralling!”
Dimitri Denorme – Le Pariscope – December 2011