About the performance
All essential characteristics of Dangerous Liaisons are preserved in Heiner Mueller's Quartet. While the story from Laclos's novel develops within 'the big theatre of the world', in Quartetthe world is indicated yet actually not present. This 'bunker after World War III' – as defined by the author in his drama instructions – indicates an idea of a closed space, of secret societies, places of sadistic performances where everything is allowed, where everything can be said or done. Far for the eye of strangers and in total trust, Merteuil and Valmont dedicate themselves to a ritual known only to the two of them, while their bodies and their souls set up onto a path of pervert games. Their pleasure is manifestated in their will to destruct the other (one a virgin and the other, a spouse of virtue), to destruct God and the Church through radical atheism and through will of sacrifice, to destruct social and moral values, to destruct human kind through self-destruction and sterile sexual relations.