Leading figure of a feminism which is more poetic than engaged, Sylvia Plath fought all her life between her desire to fulfill the injunctions of the American dream of the 50’s and 60’s (perfect wife and mother) and her irrepressible need to write. It was a deep contradiction that led to her death. From this complex life she produced a novel; The Bell Jar, which was published in 1963.

To reflect on this female voice, Fabrice Murgia has conceived a whirling piece which shows us the many layers and the interior conflicts of the American poet. On stage, nine actors play Sylvia at different key moments in her life. A depressive young woman making her first suicide attempt at 20. A young woman drunk on the power of words. An author victim of male domination.

The originality of this show is its melding of theatre and film. Throughout the performance the spectator watches in real time the creation of a film projected on a big screen. The camera work created with virtuosity by Juliette Van Dormael highlights the tearing apart of the artist, films with close-ups of the actors’ faces the emotions of the character, and follows the movements of the different Sylvias from the beginning to the end. A sensitive portrait enriched by the sublime melancholy of the musical compositions of Belgian author/composer An Pierlé.

Sylvia, un spectacle de Fabrice Murgia / Cie. Artara - An Pierlé Quartet 25.09 > 12.10.2018 au Théâtre National + info : https://www.theatrenational.be/fr/activities/420-sylvia



  • Premiere
    25.09.2018 - Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles


    Fabrice Murgia

    Voice and piano 
    An Pierlé

    Bass clarinet, saxophone, guitar and percussion
    Koen Gisen

    Keyboards and computers 
    Hendrik Lasure

    Casper Van de Velde

    Juliette Van Dormael

    Assistant camera
    Takeiki Flon

    Assistant director
    Justine Lequette

    Assistant director intern
    Shana Lellouch

    Video and lighting creation and Artara technical direction 
    Giacinto Caponio

    Assistant for video creation and technical management
    Dimitri Petrovic

    Marie-Hélène Balau

    Set design
    Rudy Sabounghi

    Assistant set design
    Julien Soulier

    Aurélie Borremans

    Assistant decorator 
    Valérie Perin

    Decorator intern
    Léa Pelletier
    Sophie Hazebrouck

    Research and dramaturgy assistance
    Cécile Michel

    Valérie Bauchau
    Clara Bonnet
    Solène Cizeron
    Vanessa Compagnucci
    Vinora Epp
    Léone François
    Magali Pinglaut
    Ariane Rousseau
    Scarlet Tummers

  • Technical manager
    Hugues Girard
    Cédric Otte (TN)

    Assistant tour
    Maxime Glaude

    Lighting director
    Emily Brassier

    Sound design
    Bob Hermans

    Stage management
    Aurélie Perret
    Baptiste Wattier
    Pierre Ottinger (TN)
    Dimitri Wauters (TN)

    Aurelie Leporcq

    With the participation of
    Alfredo Cañavate


    Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles


    Cie Artara

    Sets construction and costumes
    Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

    Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Théâtre de Namur, Central – La Louvière, Mars – Mons Arts de la Scène, la Fondation Mons2025 – Biennale 2018-2019, Printemps des Comédiens – Montpellier, 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, Coop asbl et Shelter Prod.

    With the support of
    taxshelter.be, ING et du tax-shelter du gouvernement fédéral belge, avec le soutien du DIESE # Auvergne – Rhône-Alpes, dispositif d’insertion de L’École de La Comédie de Saint-Étienne


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