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Phia Ménard

Nantes / Created in 2018

A resistance cell for seven women who, through their ritual and their struggle, force the patriarchal architecture to open up.
Dry Season © Christophe Raynaud de Lage


The stage is an architectural structure: a box, a confined space, a zone of imprisonment. It is painted a sterile white. There, seven women struggle. Watching, we perceive tiny openings in the walls, and in the ceiling, a mechanism that reacts to any inappropriate gesture. A living structure that serves as a constant call to order... But that's not taking into account the fact that bodies are bodies, and thus they can't help but shiver, hop up and down, or twist. Little by little, something happens, a ritual takes form. Borrowing from dance, visual arts, theatre, and anthropological cinema to create a protean artistic world, Phia Ménard leads the audience through a telluric experience which drops them at the heart of the struggles against norms and the fights to freely choose our identities. Here it is about defying patriarchal power and escaping the constraints of gender, by creating new gestures and new poetic rituals to feed our imagination.


With Marion Blondeau, Anna Gaïotti, Élise Legros, Phia Ménard, Marion Parpirolles, Marlène Rostaing, Jeanne Vallauri, Amandine Vandroth

Conception and dramaturgy Phia Ménard, Jean-Luc Beaujault
Music and sound Ivan Roussel
Stage design Phia Ménard
Construction and accessories Philippe Ragot
Lights Laïs Foulc
Costumes Fabrice Ilia Leroy
Manipulations of elements Benoît Desnos, Mateo Provost, Rodolphe Thibaud


Production Compagnie Non Nova
Résidence et coproduction Espace Malraux Scène nationale de Chambéry et de la Savoie, Théâtre national de Bretagne
Coproduction Festival d'Avignon, La Criée Théâtre national de Marseille, Théâtre des Quatre Saisons Scène conventionnée musique(s) de Gradignan
Avec le soutien de la Fondation BNP Paribas et pour la 72e édition du Festival d'Avignon : Adami, Spedidam

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