Fabrice Murgia / Cie. Artara - An Pierlé Quartet
“I win my freedom by cutting back on my sleep.”
This quotation of Sylvia Plath aptly summarizes the thoughts and the inner conflict of this American poet of the fifties and sixties. The icon of a poetic rather than a committed feminism, Sylvia Plath will struggle her whole life between her wish to fit into the American Dream (perfect spouse and mother) and her irrepressible need to write. A profound contradiction that led to her demise.
This complex life is recorded in a personal diary in which we discover her life as a young woman and her first suicide attempt at the age of twenty. From this diary she will create a novel, The Bell Jar, in 1963. Reality will quickly overtake fiction since, that same year Sylvia Plath will take her own life, as if the staging of her depression caused her to commit this ultimate act.
To reflect on this feminine voice which is often reminiscent of that of Virginia Woolf, Fabrice Murgia has conceived a pop opera for one female voice and fifteen women, with music by Belgian author/composer An Pierlé accompanied by her quartet. On stage, a film set reveals both a film shoot and the wings behind the scenes; a spectacle on the border of theatre and cinema.
© Scarlet Tummers
An Pierlé Quartet
An Pierlé: voice and piano
Koen Gisen: bass clarinet, saxophone, guitar and percussion
Hendrik Lasure: keyboards and computers
Casper Van de Velde: percussion
Valérie Bauchau, Clara Bonnet, Solène Cizeron, Vanessa Compagnucci, Vinora Epp, Léone François, Magali Pinglaut, Ariane Rousseau, Scarlet Tummers
Juliette Van Dormael
Assistant director intern
Video and lighting creation and Artara technical direction
Assistant for video creation and video technical management
Assistant set design
Léa Pelletier & Sophie Hazebrouck
Set construction & costums
Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles
Research and dramaturgy assistance
Lucas Hamblenne, Joachim Hesse, Aurélie Perret
Juliette Van Dormael / on tour Aurelie Leporcq
Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles
Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, le Théâtre de Namur, Central – La Louvière, MARS – Mons Arts de la Scène, la Fondation Mons2025 – 2018-2019 biennial, Printemps des Comédiens - Montpellier, La Comédie de Saint-Etienne – Centre Dramatique National, Théâtre Jean-Vilar de Vitry-sur-Scène, Le Carreau – Scène Nationale de Forbach et de l’Est mosellan, Théâtres en Dracénie – Draguignan, La Coop asbl, Shelter Prod
With the support of
taxshelter.be, ING & tax-shelter du gouvernement fédéral belge, DIESE # Rhône Alpes
Lionel Demilier, Monique Grignard, Léonor Rodriguez, Eve Scorneaux, Yvon Van Lancker and Alfredo Cañavate.