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Théâtre du Mouvement - Yves Marc

A celebration of movement and gesture loosely inspired by La Maison de Bernarda Alba, a passionate defence of the right to desire and pleasure in a society where women are oppressed, cut off from the world of men…

The setting is rural Andalusia, the era the 1930s. When her husband dies, Bernarda Alba shuts up her five daughters at home and imposes an eight-year period of mourning. Merciless and tyrannical, she decides to marry off her eldest daughter. But the suitor instead takes a liking to the youngest sister Adela, whom he meets in secret. In a jealous rage, the other sisters denounce the affair and the seducer is driven out of the village. In desperation, Adela commits suicide.
Yves Marc retains the fundamental dramatic components of de La Maison de Bernarda Alba: seclusion, maternal tyranny, the power of family, hatred, jealousy and female oppression, the religious and moral order. But he also uses movement to express ideas which the text – on account of its social context and familial realism – hints at without ever truly exploring. Through dramatic and metaphorical use of mime and choreography, he puts the characters’ bodies and movements centre stage, throwing Lorca’s dramatic imagery into stark relief. In doing so he evokes the power of forces which, today as in the past, are supposed to be veiled in silence: the pleasure of desire and its opposite. Through the interplay of light and shadow, gestures and movements, bodies as subjects and objects, he gradually constructs a portrait of raging desire, boundless and uncontrollable. Ultimately this is a celebration of freedom and a rejection of its constraints, glorifying the body and casting off its shackles and taboos, be they religious, political, social or cultural.

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  • Loosely adapted from La Maison de Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca
  • Director: Yves Marc
  • Assistant director: Estelle Bordaçarre
  • Sound design: David Schaffer
  • Lights / stage design: Jaco Biderman
  • Costumes: Fanny Mandonnet
  • Performers: Yves Marc, Mélanie Devoldère, Silvia Cimino, Véronique Muscianisi, Elsa Taranis, Alexandra Antoine
  • Production: Théâtre du Mouvement
  • Co-production: L’Odyssée - Festival MIMOS - Institut national des Arts du Mime et du Geste de Périgueux
  • With the support of: Ville de Coulommiers
  • Le Théâtre du Mouvement is an official partner of par le Ministère de la Culture – DRAC Île-de-France

More informations

  • Place of capture : Le Théâtre
  • Collection : Mimos 2015


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