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Plexus Polaire (France/Norway)


Martinson Hall

Thursday, January 10 - Sunday, January 13

Running Time: 65 minutes

Members and Partners: $25
Full: $30 + fees

Warning: This performance contains adult content and implied nudity through the use of lifelike puppets. 

Please note that this production contains a recorded gun shot sound affect. 

There will be no late seating. 

Photo by: Benoit Schupp

CHAMBRE NOIRE is a wild hallucination around the death-bed of Valerie Jean Solanas (1936-1988): the most beautiful girl in America, the talented psychology student who spent her life going in and out of mental institutions, the first intellectual whore, writer, radical feminist, creator of the SCUM Manifesto, the woman who shot Andy Warhol… A character that is complex, multi-sided, outrageous, and absolutely human.

Inspired by Sara Stridsberg novel The Dream Faculty, this performance is a duet featuring celebrated puppeteer Yngvild Aspeli and percussionist Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen. With life-sized puppets, broken songs, video-projections, a good dose of humor, and a desert of solitude.

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COPRODUCTIONS: Figurteatret i Nordland (NO) 

TJP: CDN d’Alsace, Strasbourg (67/FR) / Le Passage, Scène conventionnée de Fécamp (76-FR) / La Maison de la Culture de Nevers et de la Nièvre (58-FR) / Le Festival Mondial des Théâtres de marionnettes de Charleville-Mézières (08-FR)

SUPPORTS: Arts Council Norway / Kulturradet (NO) / DRAC Bourgogne- Franche-Comté (FR) / Conseil régional bourgogne-Franche-Comté (FR) / Fond For Lyd og Bilde (NO) / FFUK (NO) / Fritt Ord (NO) / Conseil départemental de l’Yonne (FR) / Théâtre du fil de l’eau – Pantin (93-FR) / / Le projet Développement des Arts Vivants en Massif Central (FR)/ Nordland Fylkeskommune Le Théâtre d’Auxerre, Scène conventionnée (93-FR) / Le Studio Théâtre – Stains (93-FR) / La Nef Manufacture d’utopies – Pantin (93-FR)

THANKS TO – Le Mouffetard, théâtre des Arts de la marionnette à Paris (75-FR) 

L’Onda – Office National de Diffusion Artistique / l’EPCC Bords 2 Scène de Vitry le François (51-FR) 

Additional support for CHAMBRE NOIRE provided by FACE Contemporary Theater, a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with the support from the Florence Gould Foundation, Institut français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture and private donors. Additional support for women artists has been provided by Fondation CHANEL. Support also provided by The Jim Henson Foundation and Danse- og teatersentrum.

Support for the DEVISED THEATER WORKING GROUP (DTWG) provided by Jerome Foundation. Support for UNDER THE RADAR provided by Select Equity Foundation, Virginia & Timothy Millhiser, and The W Trust. Season support provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.

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Directed by Yngvild Aspeli and Paola Rizza 

Actress PuppeteerYngvild Aspeli

Percussionist: Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen
Dramaturg: Pauline Thimonnier
Outside eye: Pierre Tual
Music:  Guro Moe Skumsnes Moe
Puppets: Yngvild Aspeli, Pascale Blaison & Polina Borisova
Costumes: Sylvia Denais
Lighting Designer: Xavier Lescat
Video Designer: David Lejard-Ruffet
Sound Design and Video Manager: Antony Aubert
Light Manager: Alix Weugue
Booking: Claire Costa

Production is expected to include recorded live gunshots. As sensitivities vary from person to person, if you have specific questions regarding content, please call us at 212.967.7555.