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Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles
Festival des libertés 2018

Le Monde renversé

The World Upside Down / Collectif Marthe
Festival des Libertés

19 & 20.10.2018

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.


  • - 20:30
  • - 14:00





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

Guillaume Cayet

Nose design
Célia Kretschmar, Cécile Kretschmar

Clémentine Pradier

Marjorie Duprés

Outside view
Maurin Olles

Stage Manager
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

© Gloria Scorier