Contes Immoraux – Part 1 : Maison Mère
Shows - installations
Alone on stage, Phia Ménard arms herself with courage, determination and tape to build a house out of cardboard. Her performance is marked by an impressive tension between the body and the elements, casting her as a modern Athena.
For the past 25 years, Phia Ménard and her company Non Nova have been working around the notions of transformation, erosion or sublimation of natural materials (such as ice, water, steam, wind) and their implications for human behavior. Maison Mère is the first part of La Trilogie des Contes Immoraux (for Europe), commissioned by documenta 14, Kassel’s five-year contemporary art festival, around the theme of “Learning from Athens, for a Parliament of Bodies”. Circus artist and visual artist Phia Ménard grapples with a giant sheet of cardboard, a few yards of tape and some spikes. With a sure hand, she spreads out, traces, cuts, assembles, lays down, then repeats the process until the equation is perfect. But who is she? A mortal or a myth? Built with her bare hands, her cardboard house resembles a makeshift Parthenon, a precarious shelter for the most fragile, those whom Europe leaves on its margins (the Greek, drowning in debt and under European tutelage) or those it refuses to welcome with dignity (migrants). Halfway between the figure of Athena, protector of the city, and that of Sisyphus, condemned to keep on working, Phia Ménard delivers a striking performance.+ More
Creation and staging Phia Ménard et Jean-Luc Beaujault Staging Phia Ménard Performance Phia Ménard Sound design Ivan Roussel Sound tech, alternately Ivan Roussel, Mateo Provost Stage tech, alternately Pierre Blanchet, Rodolphe Thibaud, David Leblanc, Clarisse Delile Costumes and accessories Fabrice Ilia Leroy Photography Jean-Luc Beaujault Co-director, administrator and head of diffusion Claire Massonnet General technician Olivier Gicquiaud Production and Administrative assistant Constance Winckler Communication and deputy producer Justine Lasserrade Duration 1 hour
Production : Compagnie Non Nova – Phia Ménard
Coproduction : documenta 14 – Kassel et Le Carré, Scène nationale and Centre d’Art contemporain de Château-Gontier.
the presentation of the performance during documenta 14 in July 2017 has been made possible thanks to the support of the Institut Français and the City of Nantes.
Les Contes Immoraux – Partie 1 : Maison Mère was awarded the Grand Prix du Jury in the 53BITEF19 – Belgrade International Theatre Festival 2019.
On June 22, 2020, the Syndicat de la critique théâtre, danse et musique has awarded the prix de la critique in the Danse – Performance category to Compagnie Non Nova Phia Ménard.
With Comédie de Caen – CDN de Normandie and Festival Spring