Lesson No. 1: “Unlearning not to fight”. This year, the Collectif Marthe (Clara Bonnet, Marie-Ange Gagnaux, Aurélia Lüscher and Itto Mehdaoui) is raising the flag of feminist self-defence at the Manège Fonck.
At the heart of the long-awaited Tiens ta garde is Elsa Dorlin's philosophical work: Self-defence, a philosophy of violence, published in 2017. The French philosopher and lecturer at the Paris VIII University sets out a genealogy of self-defence through different political movements, historical periods, and groups of individuals involved in resistance movements. And it shines a light on several fundamental questions: who can legitimately use violence? To what end, and with what means?
Armed with theoretical writings and field analyses, the women from Marthe intertwine their intimate stories with those of great rebel figures to ferociously and explosively bring down clichés about femininity, bring to light the path from fear to rage and create a gallery of critical portraits of oppressors that are fanciful, but without concessions. And, above all, to rewrite history from the point of view of oppressed bodies.
With the Collectif Marthe, the stage becomes a place of limitless possibilities. And we firmly believe that if life is a fight, self-defence is a necessary art, and theatre is a combat sport.
Directed by: Clara Bonnet, Marie-Ange Gagnaux, Aurélia Lüscher, Itto Mehdaoui, Maybie Vareilles
Performing: Clara Bonnet, Marie-Ange Gagnaux, Aurélia Lüscher, Maybie Vareilles
Written by: Collectif Marthe and Guillaume Cayet
Dramaturgy: Guillaume Cayet
Artistic collaboration: Maurin Ollès
Staging and costumes: Emma Depoid, assisted by Eléonore Pease
Lighting design: Juliette Romens
Silhouette design: Cécile Kretschmar
General management: Clémentine Pradier & Clémentine Gaud
Self-defence: Elodie Asorin - Octogone autodéfense
Prémisses Productions - Office of Artistic and Solidary Production for Young Creators.
The Collectif Marthe is one of the first to benefit from the Cluster scheme founded by Prémisses, Office of Artistic and Solidary Production for Young Creators.
Théâtre de la Cité international
La Comédie de Saint-Etienne - National Drama Centre
Théâtre Dijon Bourgogne - National Drama Centre
La Comédie de Valence - National Drama Centre Drôme-Ardèche, Théâtre de l'Union - National Drama Centre of Limousin
Théâtre du Point du Jour, Lyon
La Ferme du Buisson - National Stage
Domaine d'O, Mediterranean Metropolis of Montpellier
The Comédie de Saint-Étienne Workshop, Show rehearsed and created at the Comédie de Saint-Etienne
With funding from the Regional Office of Cultural Affairs Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region as part of Project 2020 Assistance.
With the support of: La Fonderie - Le Mans, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Comédie de Saint-Etienne School Integration Scheme
With the artistic participation of the Jeune Théâtre National/National Youth Theatre