Bernard-Marie Koltès (Metz, 1948-Paris, 1989) was a French playwright, writer and theatrical director. He was born in Metz in the SI of a bourgeois family in 1948 and was educated by Jesuits in Saint-Clément. For some years he attended piano and organ classes and a few weeks of journalism. Even so, Bernard-Marie Koltès does not really discover the theatre until the 20 years when it attends a representation of Medea interpreted by Maria Casares, fact that it gives a shock to him. It is then that he began to write theatre and founded the company Théâtre du Quai in the school of the dramatic center of East Strasbourg.

Koltès’s work becomes a classic of contemporary repertoire and the public, perplexed by the complexity of its language, is fascinated by its audacity. Koltès opens the playing fields of the theatre: it combines new dramatic structures into a classical poetic language, thus creating an resonance of decisive metaphors.

Bernard-Marie Koltès died of Aids the year 1989 with 41 years. It is then that he begins to be really known as a playwright, both in France and abroad, and becomes a contemporary French classic and one of the most translated and represented authors.

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