Plexus Polaire (France-Norway)
17 and 18 May at 9.30pm (Fri, Sat)
19 de Maio às 19h (Sun)
Technique: Visual theatre, life-sized puppets and video Language: English, with Portuguese subtitles For audiences over: +16 Running time: 60 min. Presentation support: Institut Français du Portugal
Chambre Noire is a wild hallucination around the hotel death-bed of Valerie Jean Solanas (1936-1988): the most beautiful girl in America, the talented psychology student who spent her life going in and out of mental institutions, the first intellectual whore, writer, radical feminist, creator of the SCUM Manifesto, the woman who shot Andy Warhol… A character that is complex, multi-sided, outrageous, and absolutely human.
Inspired by Sara Stridsberg’s novel The Faculty of Dreams, Chambre Noire features puppeteer Yngvild Aspeli and percussionist Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen, with life-sized puppets, broken songs, video-projections, much humour and a desert of solitude.
"It is a profound and poignant life story that is revealed to us, a magnificent play, raw, strong and exciting. With a top-level domain of the greatest contemporary directors and an extremely fair and sensitive manipulation, Yngvild Aspeli is at the service of a dark and intimate story, and she is brilliant (...). A highly accomplished show, with a skilled visual and sound identity, and dramaturgy that equals the best contemporary theatre (…). A mixture of fire and ice, precision and emotional fury, a complete and inescapable work. To see, urgently." - Mathieu Dochtermann, Toutelaculture *****
"A show that is a small gem, in short - gloomy, a bit grunge and decrepit; but beautiful to die for." - Marie Lobrichon, Les Trois Coups
"In Chambre Noire, puppets make poetry painfully real (...). A stunning work of art — a deeply compassionate remembrance of a furious, unbalanced woman (...)." - Laura Collins-Hughes, The New York Times
"Plexus Polaire creates imagery that stamps itself onto the retinas and holds fast in the memory. In Chambre Noire, two life-size puppets wrestle on the ground, Andy Warhol’s disembodied head floats in the air and a spider-woman sporting eight high-heeled limbs contorts in a nightmarish display of sensuality (…). Their latest piece of work is as beautiful at it is disturbing (…). The pacing is masterful, moving between angry, neon-soaked flashbacks to soporific deathbed lullabies. Percussionist Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen provides a gorgeous soundtrack of drums, xylophone, electronic music and eerie vocals live onstage.
Hypnotic and empathic but above all lavishly visual, Chambre Noire is another showcase of Plexus Polaire’s artistry and compelling aesthetic. Let’s hope their puppets never find peace, because these tortured souls are the stuff of theatre magic." - Laura Foulger, OfficialTheatre ****
A native of Norway, Yngvild Aspeli has been living in France since 2003. She develops a visual universe that likes to mix softness and cruelty. Through images, sounds and gestures, imagination and matter, Yngvild gives life to the most hidden feelings. An approach centered around the double presence of the actor, in relation to the human-sized puppet.
Yngvild trained at the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris, then at the National School of Puppetry Arts (ESNAM) in Charleville-Mézières. She created her company, Plexus Polaire in 2008. She created four shows with Plexus Polaire: Signaux (2011), Opéra Opaque (2013), Cendres (2014) and Chambre Noire (2017). Cendres was a success at FIMFA Lx17 and has since toured all over the world; Opéra Opaque was presented in FIMFA Lx13 in 2013.
Yngvild also works as an actress, puppet manipulator, and mask and puppet constructor for various other companies in France, Norway and England.
Since September 2016 she is associated artist at Le Théâtre, Scène Conventionnée d'Auxerre. At the beginning of 2017, she became accomplice artist of EPCC Bords 2 Scènes de Vitry-le-François. Since 2018, she is associated artist of Le Mouffetard - Théâtre des Arts de la Marionnette in Paris.
Previously, from 2012 to 2015, she was an associate artist at Compagnie Philippe Genty and MCNN, Maison de la Culture de Nevers et de la Nièvre. Yngvild decided to based her company in Nevers, and then in Auxerre, choosing to develop the puppetry art in connection with the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté territory, while continuing permanently on international tours.
Inspired by Sara Stridsberg’s novel The Faculty of Dreams
Direction: Yngvild Aspeli, Paola Rizza Puppeteer: Yngvild Aspeli Live musician: Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen (percussionist) Sound score: Guro Skumsnes Moe Dramaturgy: Pauline Thimmonier Puppetry outside eye: Pierre Tual Puppet construction: Yngvild Aspeli, Pascale Blaison, Polina Borisova Set design: Elisabeth Holager Lund Costumes: Sylvia Denais Lighting design: Xavier Lescat Video: David Lejard-Ruffet Sound design: Antony Aubert Light technician: Alix Weugue Production: Sarah Favier Touring management: Claire Costa Photography: Benoit Schupp, Star Levshin Coproduction: Figurteatret i Nordland, TJP - CDN d’Alsace Strasbourg, Le Passage - Scène Conventionnée de Fécamp, La Maison de la Culture de Nevers et de la Nièvre, Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes de Charleville-Mézières Support: Arts Council Norway / Kulturradet, DRAC Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Conseil Régional Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Fond For Lyd og Bilde, FFUK, Fritt Ord, Conseil Départemental de l’Yonne, Théâtre du Fil de l’Eau – Pantin, Le Projet Développement des Arts Vivants en Massif Central, Nordland Fylkeskommune, Le Théâtre d’Auxerre, Scène Conventionnée, Le Studio Théâtre - Stains, La Nef Manufacture d’utopies – Pantin Acknowledgements: Le Mouffetard - Théâtre des Arts de la Marionnette à Paris, Onda – Office National de Diffusion Artistique, EPCC Bords 2 Scène de Vitry le François