Julien Gosselin returns to confronting contemporary literature through his exploration of Don DeLillo’s short story Hammer and Sickle. Jerold Bradway is a trader locked up in prison for financial criminal offences. Along with his cell-mates, he is forced to watch a children’s television programme written by his ex-wife and presented by his two daughters, which talks about constant financial crises. French director Julien Gosselin brings the story to life through a powerful monologue that reflects on the contemporary void and our relationship with money.
Julien Gosselin has attended the EPSAD (Professionnel Graduate School of Dramatic Art) in Lille, directed by Stuart Seide. As an actor, he’s worked with Lucie Berelowitch, Laurent Hatat and Tiphaine Raffier. Then, as an assistant director, he has worked with Pierre Foviau, Laurent Hatat ans Stuart Seide.In 2009, with six actors of his class, he founds the company Si Vous Pouviez Léchez Mon Cœur , and stages in 2010 Fausto’s Paravidino’s Gênes 01, first at the Théâtre du Nord, then on tour. The next year, still with SVPLMC, he stages Tristesse Animal Noir, the French creation of Anja Hilling’s Black Animal Sadness, first at the Théâtre de Vanves, then on tour in 2012. In July 2013, at the Festival d’Avignon, he stages for the first time his adaptation of Michel Houellebecq’s novel Les Particules Élémentaires, which is SVPLMC’s third creation. In 2014, at the invitation of the Théâtre National de Bruxelles, he creates Je Ne Vous Ai Jamais Aimés, a long musical poem inspired by a text written by Pascal Bouaziz and projected on a large screen. In 2016, he creates Roberto Bolano’s 2666, at the Festival d’Avignon then on tour (Paris, Athens, Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Tianjin, Cologne). Julien Gosselin and Si vous pouviez lécher mon cœur are partners of The Phénix, Scène Nationale in résidence in Valenciennes and of the Théâtre National de Strasbourg. In 2021, Julien Gosselin and Si vous pouviez lécher mon cœur will settle in Calais on the port. A theater factory that will mark the beginning of a new era for the company.
©Photo: Simon Gosselin
Text: Don DeLillo
Translation: Marianne Vèron
Adaptation and stage directing: Julien Gosselin
With: Joseph Drouet
Scenographer: Hubert Colas, assistito da Andréa Baglione
Stage director assistant: Maxence Vandevelde
Musical creation: Guillaume Bachelé, Maxence Vandevelde
Lighting designer: Nicolas Joubert
Video designer: Pierre Martin
Sound designer: Julien Feryn
Administration, production & distribution: Eugénie Tesson | Tour organisation & comunication: Emmanuel Mourmant | Administration: Paul Lacour-Lebouvier
Technical director: Nicolas Ahssaine | Technical director assistant: Vianney Brunin | The adaptation of Hammer and Sickle is represented in French-speaking countries by Dominique Christophe l’Agence, Paris, in agreement with Abrams Artists & The Wallace Literary Agency, New York
Text published by Editions Actes Sud | Production: Si vous pouviez lécher mon coeur | Delegated production: Le Printemps des Comédiens | Coproduction: Printemps des comédiens Montpellier, Maison de la Culture de Bourges, CC AM Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy, Romaeuropa Festival | Si vous pouviez lecher mon coeur is under contract with the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, DRAC Hauts-de-France and agreed by the Hauts-de-France Region and La Ville de Calais.. The company benefits from the support of the Institut francais for his tours abroad. Julien Gosselin and Si vous pouviez lécher mon coeur are partners of The Phénix, Scène Nationale in résidence in Valenciennes and of the Théâtre National de Strasbourg. Creation Printemps des comédiens, Montpellier, mai 2019