The show refers to the last chapter of The Mahabharata, when war is over and peace is to be to rebuild.

The Mahabharata is not simply a book, nor a great series of books, it is an immense canvas covering all the aspects of human existence. In it we find all the questions of our lives, in a way that is at once contemporary and urgent. Over many thousands of years the Mahabharata shows us, in an always-unexpected way, how to open our eyes to what reality demands. The Mahabharata speaks of a great war of extermination, which tears apart the Bharata family. On one side there are 5 brothers, the Pandavas, and on the other side their cousins, the Kauravas, the hundred sons of the blind King Dritarashtra. Both sides use terrible weapons of destruction. At the end the Pandavas win. Millions of dead bodies lie on the ground. And now the eldest of the Pandavas – Yudishtira – is compelled to become King. The victory has the bitter taste of defeat. Both Yudishtira and Dritarashtra, the old King, are in deep distress and remorse, questioning their past actions, trying to unravel their own responsibility for the disaster. How, having to live with this terrible massacre, having lost their sons, their families, their allies, will the new King and the old one find an inner peace? The richness of the language of this timeless epic, and its always astonishing stories, allow us to bring to the stage this situation, which, belonging to the past, reflects at the same time the harsh conflicts of today.
Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne

  • C.I.C.T. – Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
  • Direction and adaptation – Peter Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne
  • Text — based on The Mahabharata and Jean-Claude Carrière’s play
  • Performers — Carole Karemera, Jared McNeill, Ery Nzaramba, Sean O’Callaghan
  • Music and musician — Toshi Tsuchitori
  • Costumes — Oria Puppo
  • Lighting — Philippe Vialatte
  • Production — International Centre for Theatre Research in Paris – Bouffes du Nord Theatre
  • Co-production ― Young Vic Theatre, Les Théâtres de la ville de Luxembourg, PARCO Co. Ltd / Tokyo, the Grotowski Institute, Singapore Repertory Theatre, Le Théâtre de Liège, C.I.R.T., Attiki Cultural Society, Le Cercle des Partenaires des Bouffes du Nord
  • Premiere — 15 September 2015
  • In Battlefield, one experiences the simplicity, purity, like the surfacing of a profound exploration of the work and what lies beyond.

    Arielle Heliot | Le Figaro

  • The play Battlefield, performed at the Bouffes du Nord by four visionary actors and an inspired musician, is a miracle of wisdom and poetry.

    Philippe Chevilley | Les Echos


Date and hour

12 November
13 November


Running time

70 minutes