« He who has been shipwrecked trembles even in the face of calm waters. » Ovid
In 2018, a director friend invited me to propose a theater workshop at the Saint-Denis Women’s House: a shelter, in the Parisian suburbs, for women victims of violence. In order to familiarize myself with the place, I asked to take part in some speech groups: the first one was about excision and female genital mutilation. A sensitive and violent topic, so violent that we prefer to imagine it far away from us. On that day, for the first time, I had the opportunity to hear real people speak first-hand about these forms of torture.
In the group, there was talk of snakes being born in human guise, like children; women being turned into goats, punished for their disobedience. All the participants nodded in silence. These were not tales, allegories: it was their reality. Those people had lived in a world where magic still exists; where mutation is a rational, even necessary process. That encounter brought back my memory of Ovid and his Metamorphoses: the invisible lurking, transformation as the only possible horizon. And as an underlying plot, the constant subjugation of the feminine.
Study on The Metamorphoses by Ovid
Directed by / Luca Giacomoni
Translation and dramaturgy / Sarah Di Bella
With / Diariatou Basse, Léna Dangreaux, Laëtitia Eïdo, Clémence Josseau, Hadassah Njengue, Sylvie Togba
Music and singing / Eugenie De Mey, Claire Trouilloud
Assistant Director / Giuseppina Comito
In collaboration with / Nadine Naous
Lighting design / Bartolo Filippone
Production Why Theatre / In partnership with La Maison des Femmes de Saint-Denis / With the support of City of Paris, Meyer Foundation for Cultural and Artistic Development, Humanités, Digital et Numérique Foundation, L’Accompagnatrice Foundation, Les Ailes Foundation, Berger-Levrault Foundation, Adami and Spedidam / With the support of the integration programme of the École du Théâtre National de Bretagne / Creative residencies at Studio Théâtre (Stains), Gare au Théâtre (Vitry) and Théâtre de la Tempête (Paris).
Duration : 1h
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