This year, our friends at Barricade are exploring parenthood at its most political. Ahead of their Parent'vrille festival on 21 October, they've scheduled this evening for us.
A deeply moving monologue, where parenthood, normativity and social control collide.
Her name is Carine Bielen. In the evening, she drinks a small glass of red to sleep peacefully. After all, she's a bit afraid of the dark. It's of the cheapest kind, but she likes it all the same. It's true that alcohol creates misery. She keeps saying it. She can't remember how she had this son, Logan. But this son changed her life... With him, she "received the whole world", as she puts it.
This intimate monologue tells the story of a woman from a precarious environment who, from childhood, was relegated to a disabled path. A process of relegation, the result of a discriminatory economic and social system. A system that protects but also decides and imposes its standards (IQ test, guardianship, etc.). Because of these standards, whose boundaries are always open to question, people are excluded from their own history.
Carine Bielen is a fictional character, she doesn't exist. But there are thousands of Carine Bielens out there, caught in the net of social control and its normative blindness. In A cheval sur le dos des oiseaux (Riding on the back of birds), Céline Delbecq seeks to give them a voice.
It's a gem of a performance, tender and true.