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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #302 - Theater: I am not an appearance (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 17 Feb 2020 08:26:30 +0200

Six women, six routes: a baker who is a little too sympathetic, a housewife who is passionate about noises, a gynecologist apparently entirely devoted to her work, a beginner actress who is too " tomboy ", a young multirecidivist barely of age and already left for prison, and the ancient poetess Sappho, mysteriously resurrected. ---- It would be tempting to speak of six " portraits of women " ; the term would in fact be the exact opposite of what the play offers: we are not presented with six static women, stereotypical photogenic stereotypes offering themselves to the voyeurism of spectators, but indeed six women in movement, in evolution, six women if ultimately human. ---- The actresses lead us along the path of emancipation of their characters, who all end up proclaiming - more or less explicitly - " I am not an apparition!"»: I am not the woman you want me to be, I am not at your disposal, I refuse to meet your expectations and your requests and you will have to make efforts to understand me.

This undeniably makes it a feminist work, demanding the right of women to be subject and no longer object. However, the play cannot be reduced to a simple committed or militant play: the game is admirable, the humor is fair, the rhythm is high, you never get bored and you take real pleasure in following these non-appearances.

The shadow of the poet Sappho
At the end of the play, I thought of including in my criticism a unique " snag ": I had not seen any representation of homosexuality, which in fact surprised me more than it disappointed me, so much one could imagine that the writers didn't think about it. Willful choice to exclude homosexuality from the subject ? It turns out in fact that the cause was rather my lack of education: after a brief passage on Wikipedia, I learned that Sappho has rightly given his name to Sapphism while his island, Lesbos, has led to the term lesbian.

Unless I am mistaken, Sappho's homosexuality is never explicitly mentioned in the play and the reference is therefore reserved for insiders. We therefore invite future spectators to find out a minimum about Sappho before going to the Guichet-Montparnasse. But don't let that stop anyone because the play is really worth the detour !

Léo (UCL Grand-Paris-Sud)

The company La Corde sensible plays Je ne suis pas une apparition at the Guichet Montparnasse (15 rue du Maine, 75014 Paris) every Sunday at 8 p.m. until March 29, 2020.

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