The Cutter-off of Water
An experiment with new, unusual sounds of acoustic instruments
Published in 1989, Marguerite Duras' Le coupeur d’eau (The Cutter-off of Water) is a moving short story inspired by a tragic fait divers: the suicide of an entire family after a waterworks employee cut off the water.
Based on a novel by Marguerite Duras, Dirk Roofthooft sketches the poignant portrait of a man tormented by guilt after he, as an official of the water company, turns off the water supply to a family who subsequently throw themselves and their children in front of a train. Whereas Duras aloofly reports the facts, Roofthooft goes in search of the words that were not spoken, the explanation that was never offered. It affords the simple workman a face, the anonymous executor of an inhuman task, who also became a victim, isolated and stigmatised, as a result of his deed. All facets of a destructive self-confrontation resound in the composition and soundscapes by Diederik De Cock: from the apology to the doubt, from the anger to the despair.
"Roofthooft is a born master storyteller". (Cobra.be, 18 March 2013)
Produced by Muziektheater Transparant and co-produced by deSingel and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. Thanks to Twiggy, Gent.
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