la fille du collectionneur

Premiere - CDN Nanterre-Amandiers November 2017

La Fille du collectionneur deals with the phantom collection, giving viewers the opportunity to go on a unique kind of imaginary visit, somewhere between police investigation and esthetic quest, in which habitual ways of seeing are reversed. In the middle of a decor using false perspective, which oscillates between an auction hall, a playing field and instruments of torture, the collector’s daughter becomes a pretext for drawing a portrait in absentia of the missing Father figure. Through a fractal development, this initiation journey peppered with enigmas and ordeals, evokes the vulnerability of memory and the emotional relationship that humans have with their histories, in which the legacy of the past and individual destiny inevitably come face-to-face.

Stage direction: Théo Mercier
With: François Chaignaud, Jonathan Drillet, Harris Gkekas, Angela Laurier, Marlène Saldana
Scenography and sculptures : Théo Mercier, Arthur Hoffner
Assistant direction: Florent Jacob
Texts: Jonathan Drillet, Marlene Saldana
Music: Laurent Durupt
Lighting design: Eric Soyer
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.