Battre encore

Battre encore

[Still beating]

Premiered in June 2021
Visual and musical theatre and anti-patriarchal poetry

Table puppets, hand-held puppets, body puppets, shadow, mask and music
All audiences over 14 years of age
65 min

Once upon a time, there was a land under the control of a tyrant who liked to seize the most beautiful young girls for himself. This pitiless villain would choose them at a magnificent ball. Three sisters received an invitation to this deadly occasion, where they would have to dance with the despot and his henchmen. But what if they refused to submit? Using the medium of visual theatre, Delphine Bardot explores the images produced by the confrontation between an actress and the male character that she operates. This language of the body describes forms of domination and the refusal to submit more intensely than words could. In a disturbing atmosphere imbued with shadows, Santiago Moreno’s music, full of popular Latin American tunes, blends with the sound of the cello. The tale is loosely inspired by the story of the Mirabal sisters or “Mariposas”, who were killed by the dictator Trujillo in the Dominican Republic in 1960. The performance internationally avoids a documentary-style approach, rather evoking the joint struggle of populations and women who decide to say “no” to military power, “no” to male oppressors. (© Nally Gérard)

© Frédéric ALLEGRINI


Staging: Delphine Bardot & Pierre Tual
: 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 54, 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.


A tale that’s poetic yet tragic, disturbing yet gripping, built on powerful images, sensual bodies and exquisite puppets and shadows. An ode to the courage of women.
Thierry Voisin, Télérama, juin 2021

Up/coming events

september 2021

21sep(sep 21)0 h 00 min23(sep 23)0 h 00 minBattre encoreFestival mondial des théâtres de marionnettes de Charleville-Mézières (08) / PROGRAMMATION IN

30sep0 h 00 min0 h 00 minBattre encoreBAM - Cité musicale / METZ (57)

november 2021

12nov(nov 12)0 h 00 min25(nov 25)0 h 00 minBattre encoreLe Mouffetard, théâtre des arts de la marionnette de Paris/75

december 2021

14dec0 h 00 min0 h 00 minBattre encoreTransversales, Scène conventionnée de Verdun/55

january 2022

25jan14 h 06 min14 h 06 minBattre encoreFestival Compli’Cité / Le Triangle - HUNINGUE /68

february 2022

10feb14 h 10 min14 h 10 minBattre encoreLa Machinerie 54, Scène conventionnée d’intérêt national (en cours d’habilitation) / HOMECOURT (54)

march 2022

26mar14 h 39 min14 h 39 minBattre encoreThéâtre Victor Hugo / BAGNEUX (92)


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