CHANTAL, de l'autre côté du miroir
Nadège Cathelineau et Julien Frégé / Groupe Chiendent
What if Alice’s name was not Alice but Chantal? And what if Chantal was not 7 but rather 35 years old and a professional actress in the Oiseau-Mouche company? What would this journey to the country of the unconscious look like?
Chantal, on the other side of the mirror is a modern tale, freely inspired by Lewis Caroll, in which Chantal, a 35-year-old actress of the Oiseau-Mouche, it plunges us into a dreamlike stroll.
A meeting place is given to the spectators of the city, a place known by everyone. Chantal shares the story of her career as an actress and her relationship to the theatrical play. Theatre begins like a conversation, where one pretends not to play.
Like Alice, lying on the grass and abandoning herself to her dream without even noticing, it is this dream that takes us into the rabbit hole. A stroll begins with this life story like Ariadne’s thread and carries the show and the spectators in the city.
In this journey, other characters appear: The Lost Childhood, The Old Age played by two volunteer residents and The Others, played by two actors. Through this five voices’ tale, the spectators follow a path and push, little by little, various gates without ever really knowing if what they find is real or imaginary.
Chantal, on the other side of the mirror carries us to the point of putting us in someone else’s shoes by sharing her past, her dreams, her fears and joys in an exhilarating round-trip between the infinitely small and the infinitely universal.
With Chantal Esso, Thierry Dupont and Philippe Lermusiaux
Direction Nadège Cathelineau and Julien Frégé
Music Cyril Leclerc, Elizabeth Saint Jalmes with the help of Thierry Dupont
Light elements Cyril Leclerc
Plastic elements Elizabeth Saint Jalmes
Production The Oiseau-Mouche company and The Groupe Chiendent
Coproduction The Centre Dramatique National of Normandie-Rouen
With support from Métropole Européenne de Lille as part of “Les Belles Sorties 2021”, and from Théâtre du Nord, CDN Lille Tourcoing Hauts-de-France
Form ambulatory performance
Capacity 30-40 people (depending on the place)
Duration 45 minutes
Age 12 and older