Une mouette et autres cas d’espèces
Directed and designed by
© Hervé Bellamy
At Hubert Colas’ invitation, a group of contemporary authors reinterpret Chekhov’s La Mouette (The Seagull), to speak of their own writing, of their perception of the world, of love, of literature and of theatre. In the form of a prologue, Jacob Wren offers us a political vision of the text, set in a world marked by global warming and a return to feudalism. Angélica Liddell signs the epilogue. The collective writing multiplies the power of this fin de siècle play. Hubert Colas is attentive to the diversity of voices and perspectives, but keeps close to an underlying theme, examining the power of words, appearances and representation, so that through the fractures and fissures of each author’s world, he builds up his scenic vision. In their interpretations and reincarnations, the actors develop transparent relations to the ghosts of in Chekhov’s La Mouette, whilst establishing an absolutely immediate connection to space and to the moment. Certain authorial decisions create totally original episodes within the play. For instance, Treplev is resuscitated for a final speech in Act 4, giving the play an otherworldly dimension of dialogue with the dead. Hubert Colas observes: “I like the idea of having bodies that are dead, and that revive, echoing Gombrowicz’ Mariage and Shakespeare’s Hamlet”, two rare works of the cannon that reveal secret relationships with Cola’s company’s history.