Four women investigate the death of Ophelia, the beautiful drowned woman who has been the subject of so many fantasies since Shakespeare and the Pre-Raphaelite painters. How often has this abandoned, powerless woman not been sublimated? How do we look at these representations of women victims today? With fascination or dismay?
The protagonists re-enact the conditions of the drowning, look for fingerprints, test the positions of the body, the weight of the head, identifying more and more with the beautiful castaway.
Cinema and live performance interact. The image of water gradually invades the space, as if to make us rediscover the original ocean depths and to transform us into witnesses of our own drifting, like the potential Ophelias we all are.
The show has been programmed as part of Disability Week of the City of Brussels, an initiative by Lydia Mutyebele, Deputy Mayor for Equal Opportunities.
From 14 years old.
Concept and choreography Nicole Mossoux
Direction Nicole Mossoux in collaboration with Patrick Bonté
Performance and artistic collaboration Anne-Cécile Chane-Tune, Colline Libon, Frauke Mariën and Shantala Pèpe
Original music Thomas Turine
Scenography Johan Daenen assisted by Johanna Daenen
Costumes Jackye Fauconnier assisted by Marine Stevens
Dressmaking Nicole Moris
Dressers Lydie Fourneau and Élodie Pulinckx
Make-up Nina Vial in collaboration with Valérie Locatelli
Light Patrick Bonté
Collaboration on dramaturgy Manon Dumonceaux
Film director and DP Sylvain Dufayard
First assistant director Romain Lhote
Gaffer Bert Jonckheere
Underwater operator Olivier Martin
Underwater camera assistant Alexandra Brixy
Camera assistant Laure Massiet
Apnea coach Alexis Servaes
Synchronised swimming trainer Lisa Ingenito
Sound technician Fred Miclet
Light technician and technical direction Jean-Jacques Deneumoustier
Video technician Léopold de Neve
Video projection advisor Stefano Serra
Technical backup Camillo De Lellis, Baptiste Leclère, Bartira Pereira and Luca van het Groenewoud
Interns Camille Vandevelde and Nicolas Lefebvre
Special thanks Bertrand Bodart, Apolline Collard, Ophélie Collard, Marie-Jeanne Dieudonné, Eric Dumonceaux, Marie-Paule Goblet and Agnès Legrain
Created on November 10 and 11, 2023 at Charleroi danse (Les Écuries, Charleroi)
On tour :
Escher Theater (Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg) : 08 December 2023
Festival Faits d’hiver / Théâtre Châtillon Clamart (Châtillon, France) : 06 February 2024
Photos © Mikha Wajnrych, Anne-Cécile Chane-Tune