Stage direction: Théo Mercier
With: François Chaignaud, Jonathan Drillet, Harris Gkekas, Angela Laurier, Marlène Saldana
Music: Laurent Durupt
Lighting design: Eric Soyer
Assistant direction: Florent Jacob
Texts: Jonathan Drillet, Marlene Saldana
Drawings and story-boarding: Jeremy Piningre
Production: Nanterre-Amandiers, centre dramatique national
with the support of Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of « New Settings » program
Coproduction: Bonlieu Scène nationale – Annecy, La Ménagerie de Verre – Paris
This project was supported by apap–Performing Europe 2020 with the support of the European Union Cultural Program; and Région Ile-de-France.
The body of Marlène Saldana, La Fille du collectionneur, is the connecting thread of an entirely unique viewing. Marlène Saldana poses nude to a jazz soundtrack, miming absent artworks whose presence can still be sensed on the empty walls. Real subjects, sketches and memories reveal a visible imaginary uncovered and made manifest by absence. Absent artworks, and an absent father, that malevolent figure of whom we are constantly reminded but whom it is impossible to meet. Ultimately, La Fille du collectionneur is the story of a connection, revealing how the void left by absence is filled with memories.