De Marie Dilasser

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Laëtitia Guédon

Paris / Created in 2021

Laëtitia Guédon and Marie Dilasser rewrite the myth of Penthesilea to explore a polymorphic language and call on contemporary amazons. This show questions the relationship between women and institutional power—and with their own.

Penthésilé·e·s - Amazonomachie, Laëtitia Guédon, 2021 © Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon


Penthesilea, queen of the Amazons, meets Achilles on the battlefield. He is at once her tribe's worst enemy and a kindred spirit. He is also the one she must face, driven by the challenge he represents, by her rage, and by love. He is her redemption and her liberation. For once, this Trojan War and this man will give her the opportunity to escape the stories already written and the preconceptions about her. Penthesilea is a powerful woman who cannot be contained. Freeing themselves from the confines of Heinrich von Kleist's play, director Laëtitia Guédon and writer Marie Dilasser reinvent a female figure for our times, a diffracted character embodied in turns by an actress, a female vocal artist, and a male dancer. A play as manifesto using cisgender language as a tool to topple outdated romantic codes and constraining structures, Penthésilé·e·s is also about separation and death, about being or having...


With Seydou Boro, Marie-Pascale Dubé, Lorry Hardel
And Sonia Bonny, Juliette Boudet, Mathilde de Carné, Lucile Pouthier (choir)

Text Marie Dilasser
Conception and direction Laëtitia Guédon
Music and sound Jérôme Castel, Grégoire Letouvet, Nikola Takov
Lights Léa Maris
Stage design Charles Chauvet
Video Benoît Lahoz
Costumes Charles Chauvet, Charlotte Coffinet
Assistant direction Quentin Amiot


Production Compagnie 0,10
Co-production Festival d’Avignon, Comédie de Caen Centre Dramatique National de Normandie, Théâtre des Îlets Centre Dramatique National de Montluçon, Tropiques Atrium Scène nationale de Martinique, L’Artchipel Scène nationale de la Guadeloupe 
With the support of Plateaux Sauvages (Paris), Drac Île-de-France, Région Île-de-France
With the help of Centquatre-Paris
Co-hosted Festival d'Avignon, La Chartreuse-CNES de Villeneuve lez Avignon
In partnership with France Médias Monde

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