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.



  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday


  • Direction 
    Natacha Belova 
    Tita Iacobelli 

    Text by 
    Anton Tchekhov 

    Tita Iacobelli 

    Direction assistant 
    Edurne Rankin 

    Natacha Belova 

    Scenography assistant 
    Gabriela González 

    Outside view 
    Nicole Mossoux 

    Dramaturgy assistant 
    Rodrigo Gijón 

    Gabriela González 
    Christian Halkin 

  • Set construction 
    Guy Carbonelle 
    Aurélie Borremans 

    Sound Design 
    Gonzalo Aylwin 
    Simón González 

    Simón González 

    Based on the song
    La Pobre gaviota de Rafael Hernández 

    Light and effects management 
    Franco Peñaloza

    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. 

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

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