Karl Marx could have reconsidered his writing. At least that’s what American militant academic Silvia Federici demonstrates with her founding feminist work Caliban and the Witch. In particular she details how Marx omitted speaking about the major role women played in furnishing the necessary labor force for the accumulation of capital. She also reveals the fact that the medieval witch hunts were not just an historic episode but an organized policy to wrest control of women’s bodies.
Inspired by Silvia Federici’s work, and by tales, essays and testimonials, Clara Bonnet – previously seen in Fabrice Murgia’s short film Remember Me – and Marie-Ange Gagnaux, Itto Mehdaoui, and Aurélia Luscher take hold of the figure of the Witch to show us this body which was controlled, tortured, burnt, searched and confiscated throughout the ages. They praise the modernity of these free women, and denounce the violence inherent in their forced invisibility, thus revealing the patriarchic domination they have always undergone.
A collective creation of
Marthe / Clara Bonnet, Marie-Ange Gagnaux, Aurélia Lüscher, Itto Mehdaoui
Clara Bonnet, Marie-Ange Gagnaux, Aurélia Lüscher, Itto Mehdaoui
Clara Bonnet, Guillaume Cayet, Marie-Ange Gagnaux, Aurélia Lüscher, Itto Mehdaoui
Célia Kretschmar, Cécile Kretschmar
Clémentine Gaud & Clémentine Pradier
Prémisses, Office de production artistique et solidaire pour la jeune création / Dispositif Cluster
TU – Théâtre de l’Usine (Genève), Théâtre de la Cité internationale – Paris
With the support of
Montévidéo – Marseille, des maisons Mainou – Fondation Johnny Aubert Tournier (Su), Fondation Ernst Göhner, Commune de Plan-les-Ouates