- Maurice Maeterlinck
- Julie Duclos
- Performed by
- Vincent Dissez, Philippe Duclos, Stéphanie Marc, Alix Riemer, Matthieu Sampeur, Émilien Tessier, les enfants Clément Baudouin, Sacha Huygue et Eliott Le Mouël (en alternance) et un groupe de femmes
Director Julie Duclos depicts the poetic brilliance of Maurice Maeterlinck’s Pelléas and Mélisande in an all-enveloping show that takes audiences from the thrust of the practical world to the winds of the metaphorical.
The play opens with the enigmatic discovery of Mélisande, lost in the forest and crying next to a fountain. Prince Golaud falls under her charm and marries her, but invisible forces have decided another fate for the young woman, who falls in love with Pelléas, the younger brother of the man she has just wed. These forbidden (and mutual) feelings lead the characters of this symbolic drama to grief.
“The invisible is at the heart of Maeterlinck’s writing”, explains Julie Duclos. Staging a show in which stage and screen cohabit, the young director takes this timeless work from the ground to the skies, offering us a journey through tragedy in a hostile, abandoned and ruined setting.
Within this landscape on the brink of disaster, Pelléas and Mélisande conveys the unknown cherished by Maeterlinck, the inexpressible that forces us to consider the mystery of our very existence.