FAIS-MOI MÂLE [Make a Man of Me]
Premiered in october 2018
Solo for a woman in bad company, 1 puppet and some objects .
Duration 15 min – All audiences, 14 years and after
Fais-moi Mâle is a comic-poetic tragedy, a pithy essay which explores the themes of desire, consent, domination and violence towards women.
A one-to-one encounter with the myth of virility and the representation of women, it is also a nod to a song by Boris Vian performed by Magali Noël, Fais-moi mal, Johnny (Hurt me, Johnny), a pre-feminist rock song and female riposte to the sexism of American rock in the 1950s.
A visual, musical and wordless miniature, this short form addresses the question of the female body; appropriated, submissive and restrained in its relationship with men, and the notion of role reversal.
This solo performance is in a decisive format for us, a first exploration of language and register for a task we have set ourselves around a bitter topic, the mistreatment of women. We wanted to take a poetic and darkly humorous approach. From schoolboy humour to the dark side. From the red of desire to blood red. From the naivety of the puppet to the disturbing disorder of metamorphosis.
This small form is as a preliminary to a large stage format: Femme-Castelet (working title), which will be created in 2020.
Fais-moi Mâle, which is independent from the project show, already outlines certain aspects: stage and puppet features, relationships and shifts in scale between the characters, techniques, tie-ins with sound and music, the interplay of emotions and a tone.
DNA – DERNIÈRES NOUVELLES D’ALSACE / October 25, 2018
“This is a delightfully offbeat performance by La Muette, a visual and musical theatre company from Nancy. Everything about Delphine Bardot and her puppets is appealing, in substance and format, it takes you on a journey to a peculiar world. Not a single instant of the fifteen-minute performance was futile.”
L’ALSACE / October 20, 2018
“The real favourite of this 1st Friday session is the creation by the company La Muette, entitled Fais-moi Mâle. (…) A wordless jewel, which grabs you from the very start. Fifteen minutes which take you truly elsewhere, through a strange metamorphosis.”