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About Opening Night

French screen superstar Isabelle Adjani stars alongside Morgan-Lloyd Sicard and Frédéric Pierrot in Cyril 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 Teste’s adaptation grants new life to this intense depiction of 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 action 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.

In French with English surtitles.

Run Time

1hr 20min (no interval)

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Age

Warning: This performance contains perfumed haze. Recommended for ages 12+ The audience will be filmed during the performance.

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
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Sydney Opera House, Drama Theatre

Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW 2000

21 - 26 Jan 2020

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