It is Midsummer’s Eve, the sun has reached its highest point and on the count’s estate the farmers are celebrating exuberantly. Weapons are fired incessantly, bonfires are flaring up all around. Miss Julie is home alone; her engagement has just been broken off. Hungry for her freedom, she is unable to resist the crowds swaying back and forth. In the middle of the celebrations she throws herself into the arms of Jean, the valet. What has gotten into her? From then on, the sun begins its downward course.
The performance Miss Julie unites two performers who have appeared in earlier Artemis productions: Stefaan Degand (Expert) and Alejandra Theus (Wuthering Heights, Mouchette etc.). Sarah Jonker plays the cook. For a unique and personal staging of a major repertoire play with this lively cast, the Begian Koen De Sutter is the perfect director. The music, created by William Bakker and Hans van der Meer, accentuates the long and sultry night. In Artemis’ series of ‘timeless stories for audiences of many different age groups’, Miss Julie (1888) by the Swedish playwright August Strindberg is a sequel to the much-praised performance Wuthering Heights (2009).
Miss Julie is about the spasms of growing up. Many people are familiar with the sense of not being understood. Julie is a young woman from a wealthy background. She wants to have fun, and, now that her engagement has been broken off, regain her freedom. She immerses herself in all that is going on; allows herself to be led by her nature. She has learnt not to discriminate whoever she finds before her, while Jean does. He knows where he stands on the social ladder, and he intends to move up.