Published in 1989, Marguerite Duras’ Le coupeur d’eau is a moving short story inspired by a tragic true story: the suicide of an entire family after a waterworks employee cut of their water. Duras seeks to discover what the mother thought, said and did after she made her decision and what drove the employee to turn off the water. Was he just doing his job, or did he have an ulterior motive? Acclaimed Flemish actor Dirk Roofthooft creates this monologue piece in collaboration with his musical soul mate Diederik De Cock. Through subtle orchestrated interaction between words and music, the audience experiences alienation, voyeurism, lingering unease, and the heat of the sweltering summer air.
Text: Marguerite Duras, Dirk Roofthooft; concept & direction: Dirk Roofthooft & Diederik De Cock; with: Dirk Roofthooft; soundscape & music: Diederik De Cock in collaboration with Piet Rebel; saxophone: Piet Rebel; guitare & drums: Diederik De Cock; songs & video: Dirk Roofthooft.
Production: Muziektheater Transparant; coproduction: deSingel, les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.
Presentation at Belluard Festival with the support of: Muziektheater Transparant.