Jungle Book


Based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling
Designing, stage direction, set and lighting by Robert Wilson

This will not constitute the first collaboration on stage between the master of stage direction Robert Wilson and the surrealistic folk duo CocoRosie, formed by Bianca and Sierra Casady.

Sharing aesthetic similarities, they together took on James Matthew Barri’s masterpiece  and delivered a remarkable rendering of Peter Pan with the Berliner Ensemble, presented in 2013 at the Théâtre de la Ville-Paris.

In the wake of this creation came the idea of Jungle Book, a show suitable for all, a fable about humanity, an ode to difference.

Wilson’s sharp acuity and CocoRosie’s creative grace thus join in a powerful artistic gesture. Following Peter Pan, the child who would not grow up, here will take shape the coming of age and destiny of young fellow Mowgli, imagined by Rudyard Kipling, on stage in the singular temporality, space and language that characterize Wilson’s work. The Jungle Book is no doubt in his range. The range of a man obsessed by themes of childhood, filiation, and relationship to the mother. The range of a man who likes to quote Baudelaire : “Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will.”

Childhood will be, for this enemy of naturalism, surely dressed with expressionist clothes. And the pledge is visibly substantial with lights chiseled, sublime scenes, unforgettable costumes and surrealistic fantasy. The magician Robert Wilson keeps on opening wide the windows to his world.