Tue 21 Jan at 8.00pm
Wed 22 Jan at 2.00pm
Wed 22 Jan at 8.00pm
Thu 23 Jan at 8.00pm
Fri 24 Jan at 8.00pm
Sat 25 Jan at 2.00pm
Sat 25 Jan at 8.00pm
Sun 26 Jan at 5.00pm
French screen superstar Isabelle Adjani stars alongside Cyril Teste and Morgan Lloyd Sicard in Teste’s radical staging of the filmmaking maverick John Cassavetes’ cult movie classic.
Released in 1977, Cassavetes’ Opening Night is now regarded as one of his most important films. French auteur an actress in crisis.
Her love affair with a co-star has ended, an ardent young fan has died, and now, during an out-of-town season for a Broadway show, she finds she can no longer bear to live a life devoted to emotion, and directed by others. Opening Night is her response: a takeover, a transformation, a rebellion.
Just as Cassavetes’ film erased the line between art and life, so Teste, a pioneer in the genre of performance filmique, blurs the distinction between theatre and film, the rehearsed and the improvised.
Every performance is unique, and every night Adjani takes new paths into the territory between fiction and reality – a landscape haunted by the ghosts of some of her best-known screen roles, and of Cassavetes’ intense relationship with his own Opening Night leading lady, Gina Rowlands.
Presented by Sydney Festival and Sydney Opera House.
In French with English surtitles
"A flood of hypnotic flash scenes… A show in permanent revolution. Isabelle Adjani virtuosically alternates silences, tears and moods to play drunkenness in a desperate tribal dance" – lesechoes.fr
"A magnificent tribute to the profession of actress" – Le Monde
Even the most dedicated festival-goer needs to rest their head every now and again. See QT’s Opening Night Experience for a 2 person overnight show and stay combo. $599 + Booking Fee.
Warning - This performance contains the use of perfumed haze
Recommended for ages 12+
The audience will be filmed during the performance.
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