Trained at the La Comédie de Saint-Etienne theatre, Clara Bonnet, Marie-Ange Gagnaux, Aurélia Lüscher and Itto Mehdaoui founded the Collectif Marthe in 2018 to undertake creative work centred around the figure of the witch as an icon of new feminisms: inspired by Caliban and the Witch (Silvia Federici, 1998), testimonies, tales and other essays, Le Monde Renversé laid the solid foundations of the Marthe approach, half-scholarly, half-unbridled, and ultra-invigorating.
With their second creation, the eagerly awaited Tiens ta garde, they pursue their exploration by tackling the issue of self-defence, an essential issue in feminist struggles and, more broadly, minority populations. In this experimental, collective laboratory, they work to transform the theory - the great Self-defence. A Philosophy of Violence by Elsa Dorlin, published in 2017 - live.
The Marthe Collective turns its stages into places where anything is possible, where the intimate and the political, laughter and anger, Johnny Hallyday and the greatest figures of feminism all coexist.