Poil de Carotte
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Following Cuore, based on a forgotten novel from 1960s Italy, Silvia Costa approaches another story banished from children’s literature: Poil de Carotte. Jules Renard’s novel traces the childhood of a red-headed little boy, unloved by his mother and abandoned by his father. The book, an assortment of disparate memories, leaves the reader unsure of what is true and what is false. Who is ultimately this timid and furious little red-head, so fiercely attached to life? Loosely based on Renard’s novel, the starting point for Silvia Costa’s children’s play of Poil de Carrot is a photograph of a little boy, found in an attic. Staged in a reconstruction of the Lepic family barn, young audiences are immersed in a realistic universe full of animals and other details, as vivid and intense as childhood memories. The audience moves from one event to another as if browsing a photo album. Fleeting as reminiscences, the episodes follow one another like a projection of family slides, revealing fragments of life recovered from oblivion. Eschewing any linear logic, the story Silvia Costa tells us embraces the shapes and sense of our mental images. The audience is free to form their own connections, to let themselves be enchanted by images, and to leave with questions and feelings from their own childhood, deeper inside than they may have suspected.