Katarzyna Krotki, Jérémie Le Louët, Noémie Guedj, Jonathan Frajenbert & Anthony Courret


A polyphonic variation by Oscar Wilde

“Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.” Jean Cocteau

One evening, beneath a full-moon, Herod, Tetrarch of Judea, asks his step-daughter, the young and rather unsettling Salomé, to dance for him. In return, she demands of him the head of the prophet Iokanaan, which he holds prisoner.

A poetical manifesto stemming from the decadent movement, Salomé is a declaration of love to the French language, a meteor in the work of Oscar Wilde. The stakes are universal and timeless: temptation, faith, the law, mystery of life, and love and death. In this moon-inspired poem, imbibed with exoticism and strange sonorities, Wilde endows the different characters with the full range of feelings and emotions. Racked with melancholy, dementia and hatred, they are hunted down by their impulses, desires, and fantasies. This is, of course, reminiscent of the Wilde’s own experience of being tried in court because of his homosexuality.