At the end of last year, at the Theatre des Bouffes du Nord, Peter Brook directed L'Homme Qui and explored the fascinating complexities of the human brain. Now Brook goes even further into his quest for the mysteries and secrets of the brain with Je Suis Un Phenomene (I Am A Phenomenom), inspired by Alexander Romanovitch Luria's book Une Prodigieuse Memoire.
Luria is often considered one of the greatest neuropsychologists of our time. He studied for years the incredible case of Solomon Veniaminovitch Shereshevsky, who seemed to have unlimited memory faculties. Shereshevsky also had the rare and disturbing ability of having very different sensations blended together at the same time. For him, colors, sounds, words, senses of touch, smell and taste could not be separated. Luria analyzed Shereshevsky's mind in Une prodigieuse Memoire. Shereshevsky died in the late 1960's and Luria in 1977. Je Suis Un Phenomene tells the story of the fictional reunion of these two men, in the States, nowadays.
Starring in Je Suis Un Phenomene are Maurice Benichou and Bruce Myers (who already worked on L'Homme Qui as well as Genevieve Mnich, Bakary Sangare, Pierre Benichou and Natacha Maratrat. Je Suis Un Phenomene is written by Peter Brook and Marie-Helene Estienne.
For tickets and information on Je Suis Un Phenomene at the Theatre des Bouffes du Nord, call 331 46 07 34 50. Runs until May 30.
-- By Stephane Ly-Cuong