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Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

Les Jours de mon abandon

Elena Ferrante
Gaia Saitta

15 > 19.05.2024
Theatre – Kunstenfestivaldesarts

Italy, the late 1990s. Olga, a 40-year-old woman with two children, is a devoted mother and wife. She does her best to lead a life in perfect harmony with what society imposes on her. One day, her husband leaves her for a young woman, as in the most pathetic soap opera. Her whole world collapses. In the grip of a permanent feeling of danger, Olga sinks into a state of rage. She becomes vulgar, violent, grotesque.

After she has removed her make-up and given up appearances, an unexpected woman emerges. Scandalous and powerful. Almost mythical, she steps forward in all her tragedy: a contemporary Medea, who no longer needs to kill to exist.

In this adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s book, actress and director Gaia Saitta plays this woman, accompanied by her children and her dog. Trading her oppressed body for a resistant one, she lets herself go, finally liberated. 

Everything has to be rebuilt, starting with language. The audience, scattered on and off the stage, is both part of and witness to this transformation.

Gaia Saitta is an associate artist at the Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles
Corealisation Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles


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Concept, adaptation, director
Gaia Saitta

Artistic collaboration
Sarah Cuny
Mathieu Volpe
Jayson Batut

Text and dramaturgy
Gaia Saitta
Mathieu Volpe

Direction assistant
Sarah Cuny

Jayson Batut
Falvie Dachy / Mathilde Karam
Gaia Saitta
Vitesse (the dog)

Paola Villani

Costume Design
Frédérick Denis

Music creation
Ezequiel Menalled

Light Design
Amélie Géhin

Stage manager
Giuliana Rienzi

Sound operator
Pawel Wnuczynski 

Stefano Serra

Stage management
Thomas Linthoudt 

Children's coach/repetitor
Lola Chuniaud

Dog coach
Casting Tails
Tim Van Brussel

A show by
Gaia Saitta / If Human

Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa, CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del FVG, TNC-Teatre Nacional de Catalunya Barcelone, Théâtre de Namur, Le Manège Maubeuge, La Coop asbl, Shelter Prod

With the support of
BAMP – Brussels Art Melting Pot asbl,, ING et du Taxshelter du gouvernement fédéral belge

Inspired by/Based on 
I giorni dell’abbandono by Elena Ferrante
© 2002 by Edizioni E/O

© Valentina Summa

See also...

© Gloria Scorier