Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

Tchaïka

Natacha Belova, Tita Iacobelli

12 > 16.10.2021
Puppet theatre

 On a stage lit in chiaroscuro, an actress and a human sized puppet wander together in the universe of Chekov’s The Seagull. Tchaïka, aging actress with a spotty memory suddenly finds herself on stage. Behind her, a young woman reminds her why she is there: to play Arkadina in her goodbye to the stage in her favorite Chekov play. But the set, the text and the other characters are lost to her. For better or for worse she tries to get past the debilitation that causes her to confuse the play with reality. 

With this dizzying play within a play the actress and her puppet double – Tchaïka means “seagull” in Russian – confront the generations and alternate a to and fro in and out of the past with the actual plot of the play. To choose to continue or to abandon; to renounce playing young Nina is the choice which Tchaïka must make. With an atmosphere of sweet melancholy and with a preciseness of evocation, Tita Iacobelli and Natacha Belova raise the art of puppetry to the rank of devastating performance.

Calendar

  • - 20:30
  • - 20:00
  • - 20:30
  • - 20:30
  • - 20:30

Information

Language

FR

Venue

Studio

Duration

60'

Cast

Direction 
Natacha Belova 
Tita Iacobelli 

Text by 
Anton Tchekhov 

With 
Tita Iacobelli 

Direction assistant 
Edurne Rankin 

Scenography 
Natacha Belova 

Scenography assistant 
Gabriela González 

Outside view 
Nicole Mossoux 

Dramaturgy assistant 
Rodrigo Gijón 

Lights 
Gabriela González 
Christian Halkin 

Set construction 
Guy Carbonelle 
Aurélie Borremans 

Sound Design 
Gonzalo Aylwin 
Simón González 

Music 
Simón González 

Based on the song
La Pobre gaviota de Rafael Hernández 

Light and effects management 
Franco Peñaloza

Production 
Ifo Asbl 

With support from
Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes du Chili, de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles - Arts de la scène - service interdisciplinaire. 

Coproduction
Mars - Mons arts de la scène, Théâtre Des Martyrs, Atelier Jean Vilar à Louvain-La-Neuve.