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Le Grand Sommeil

Marion Siéfert

France

What to play ? Le Grand Sommeil  derives its power from an absence. Initially, the piece was meant to be a duet between a little girl (Jeanne) and a woman (Helena). After six months of rehearsing the participation of Jeanne appeared to be impossible for medical and legal reasons, after which the girl withdrew from the performance.

As a consequence this solo brings together two persons in one figure. The explosive actress and dancer Helena de Laurens contains the memory of her previous partner in an eleven-year-old pre-adolescent girl called Jeanne. In the skin of this 'large child' she creates a hybrid sometimes playful, sometimes monstrous personage that doesn't give a damn about decency and the common convictions about what girls should be like. By telling us from an adult body about a child and her contact with the family, the state and art, Le Grand Sommeil questions the norms we are attached to and shows how closely the construction of yourself and the artistic creation are linked. A journey of discovery into the hidden part of childhood.

Marion Siéfert is a young French director, author and performer. Her artistic work spreads over performances, films and texts. After Deux ou trois choses que je sais de vous, Le Grand Sommeil is her second play. Since 2017 Siéfert has been connected as an artist to La Commune CDN d'Aubervilliers.

Free buss: 
* 22/11: Departure at 18h from Kortrijk (Parcours)

 Workshop/research Le grand sommeil from the performer Helena de Laurens
Sunday 24/11 from 14h until 17h - La rose des vents Villeneuve d'Ascq
No experience required  / Free for ticketholders Le grand sommeil
Register: agerecht@larose.fr

CONCEPT, TEXT AND DIRECTION Marion Siéfert / CHOREOGRAPHY Helena de Laurens et Marion Siéfert / ARTISTIC COLLABORATION AND INTERPRETATION Helena de Laurens / SCENOGRAPHY AND DIRECTING ASSISTANT Marine Brosse / LIGHT Marie-Sol Kim, Juliette Romens / SOUND CREATION
Johannes Van Bebber / SOUND Patrick Jammes / COSTUMES Valentine Solé / DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT Ziferte Productions Cécile Jeanson, bureau Formart / PRODUCTION La Commune CDN Aubervilliers, Ziferte Productions / WITH THE SUPPORT OF DRAC Île-de-France, Studio Naxos (Francfort), Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers, de la Ménagerie de verre dans le cadre du Studiolab, du Centquatre dans le cadre de la résidence d’essai, du CND – mise à disposition de studio, de la Briqueterie-CDC du Val de Marne, du Kulturamt Frankfurt, de la Hessische Theaterakademie, du Kulturamt Gießen, Gießener Hochschule Gesellschaft, Asta der Justus Liebig Universität Gießen, Université Paris Nanterre, de l’Office Franco-Allemand pour la Jeunesse et de la mairie de Chevaline. Marion Siéfert is an associate artist with the Commune CDN Aubervilliers

Duration: 75 min

Location: Villeneuve d'Ascq - La rose des vents