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
“What if there was just one small step separating the “becoming-animal” of the male from his “becoming-female”? This new show from Compagnie La Mue/tte boldly takes that step.
What sets the human male apart from the other animals? He is the only one who dresses his body up in clothes, and dresses up his sexuality as gallantry. What happens when the male and female bodies are stripped to the essential, and the rules of seduction go out of the window? Are we really what we eat?
A hairy man, three little pigs, a handful of flowers and an ageing cabaret star share the stage in an explosion of red fur, to the sound of Boris Vian’s Johnny fais-moi mal. At once tender and comical, poetic and disturbing, this mute solo piece also explores the harsh realities of the female body, by turns embellished, time-worn, brutalised and colonised.” Carole Giudicelli
This small form is as a preliminary to a large stage format: Battre encore, 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.
© Catherine Kohler
By and with: Delphine Bardot
Performance consultant and music creation: Santiago Moreno
With the support of L.E.M., Puppets Experimentation Laboratory of Nancy (54)
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.”
LE CERCLE DE LA CRITIQUE / May 25, 2019
” Through their sensitive handling of movement and textures, the company leads the charge for women to take back ownership of their bodies and self-image. Puppet poetry to confound Manichean thinking, building dialogue in a quest to put everybody in their rightful place, always with elegance and finesse. ”