Premiered in january 2021
A wordless visual and musical show
For teenagers and adults | Duration: 65 minutes
The story of the Mirabal sisters calls out and invites us once again to explore the fundamental struggle of women for the defense and equality of women’s rights (already broached in L’un dans l’Autre and Les Folles).
Patria, Minerva and María Teresa, were the heroines and martyrs of the struggle against the dictator Rafael Trujillo, who led the Dominican Republic from 1930 to 1961.
They were also nicknamed the “Mariposas” sisters (Butterflies). Besides the poetic figure of metamorphosis, what interests us is the resistance of those women to the predatory and bloodthirsty male, and therefore the access to knowledge and professional ambitions as much as seizing arms and commiting absolutely to a political ideal.
We wish to draw our inspiration from this militant, real and yet fanciful story to create a cruel, “sweet and sour” fable. A sort of ironic, dreamlike pop waltz, which could, without a word, evoke the fight against the violence inflicted on women.
With the intention of gathering three women with three male puppets on stage, the project is to question the male/female relationship through the body/puppetinteraction, to confront real bodies with figurehead, resisting bodies and consenting bodies, powerful bodies and denied bodies.
We also want to question our relationships of deep equality, our attractions, our murky desires.
The principle of woman as puppet stage brings focus on a feminine figure in mutation, on the body reinvented, reified, musicalized, blurred, on the notions of a claimed or occupied body and the “absent presence” of the puppeteer.
The stage woman: the woman who bears.
© Frédéric ALLEGRINI
Staging: Delphine Bardot & Pierre Tual
Dramaturgy: Delphine Bardot, Pierre Tual & Pauline Thimonnier
Text: Pauline Thimonnier
Music: Santiago Moreno
Performed by: Delphine Bardot, Bernadette Ladener & Amélie Patard
Lighting design: Joël Fabing
Lighting and Effects: Charline Dereims
Costumes: Daniel Trento
Puppets, shadows and animated objects: Delphine Bardot, Lucie Cunningham & Santiago Moreno
Scenography – design: Delphine Bardot & Daniel Trento
Scenography – production: Daniel Trento, Carole Nobiron & Émeline Thierion
Production & distribution: Claire Girod
Production assistance: Aurélie Burgun
Communication: Sandrine Hernandez
Co-production: La Manufacture, Nancy National Drama Center ; CCAM, Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy National Theatre ; Théâtre La Méridienne, Multidisciplinary Theatre of Lunéville ; Transversales, Theatre of the Circus of Verdun ; Le Sablier, National Centre for Marionettes (pending), Ifs and Dives-sur-Mer ; La Machinerie, Theatre of National Interest (certification in progress), Homécourt.
Pre-licence: Le Mouffetard, Theatre for the Arts of Puppetry in Paris ; Le Triangle of Huningue.
Residence hosts: LEM, Marionette Experimentation Centre, Nancy ; Le Théâtre de la Source of Tomblaine.
Support: Battre encore is supported by the Regional Cultural Affairs Division for Grand Est. The project is also supported by the City of Nancy.