A man walks through the snow and climbs mountains. He approaches the village where father Oberlin lives. Finally someone he can talk to … Lenz, an intriguing novella written by a twenty-two year old Georg Büchner, who would become one of German literature’s stand-out figures. Buchner’s unfinished novella describes the psychological downfall of Sturm und Drang-writer Jakob Lenz, a brilliant theatre author torn apart by lovesickness and paranoia.
Johan Leysen performs a powerful yet subdued monologue, directed by Jacques Osinski. He is alone on stage, majestic imagery of nature projected behind him, filmed by video artist Yann Chapotel. Lenz, a story of words and madness. In France, Lenz earned nothing but praise. At KVS Johan Leysen will be playing this chilling monologue both in French and, for the first time, in Dutch.