Nanterre Amandiers
La Faculté des rêves - Nanterre-Amandiers
La Faculté des rêves - Nanterre-Amandiers
La Faculté des rêves - Nanterre-Amandiers
La Faculté des rêves - Nanterre-Amandiers

Photo: Jean-Louis Fernandez

Photo: Jean-Louis Fernandez

Photo: Jean-Louis Fernandez

Photo: Jean-Louis Fernandez

La Faculté des rêves - Nanterre-Amandiers
7 avenue Pablo‑Picasso
Nanterre, FR 92022

La Faculté des rêves

Texte

Sara Stridsberg

Mise en scène

Christophe Rauck

16 March — 8 April 2022
Duration
2h05
Location
Théâtre éphémere

Who are you, Valerie Solanas? The author of the SCUM Manifesto, this anticapitalistic case and radical feminist manifesto that excoriates patriarchy? The woman who shot at Andy Warhol? You died alone in a creepy hotel room in San Francisco. You blazed a trail for revolutionary feminism your whole life, hankered for a world where women would be free and liberated. La Faculté des rêves relates your struggle up until madness. “Valerie Solanas makes you dream about dirt and roses”, writes Sara Stridsberg.

Immediately after putting on Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Christophe Rauck felt that he wanted to work on a more contemporary text where women take center stage. He discovered Sara Stridsberg’s novel, Valerie or The Faculty of Dreams, a fiction-narrative, a three-dimensional journey into the private life of Valerie Solanas. In the powder keg of America in the midst of the Vietnam War, the face of a puritan, conservative and patriarchal America emerges. It is in that world – where even the most progressive men look down upon women – that Valerie Solanas tries to live, speaking out and rising up. The SCUM Manifesto is the only writing that has come down to us as her mother decided to burn all the notebooks she had written in. In a set of reflecting mirrors where face closeups, urban landscapes and writing crowd together, Cécile Garcia-Fogel, embodying Solanas, sparkles with a graceful and agile body and a voice from beyond the grave. The day Valerie Solanas shot at Andy Warhol, she didn’t kill him. She is the one who died and was reborn here at the theater.

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