The Seagull

  • Theater
According to
Anton Tchekhov
Cyril Teste
Performed by
Vincent Berger, Olivia Corsini, Katia Ferreira, Mathias Labelle, Liza Lapert, Xavier Maly, Pierre Timaitre, Gérald Weingand

For his new “film performance”, director Cyril Teste is staging a free adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s La Mouette [The Seagull].
The creation combines theatre and cinema, getting as close as possible to the actors’ bodies, energy and emotions.

Trigorin, a writer, and Arkadina, an actress in her prime, are enjoying their celebrity, whilst Nina and Treplev, unknown young artists, dream of perfection and fame. The Seagull explores the torments of love and artistic vocation. It resembles life, combining the profound and the insignificant, the sublime and the ridiculous. It is this play that Cyril Teste has chosen as his new research laboratory, at the crossroads of theatre and cinema, including detours through correspondence and short stories by the Russian author.
“The aim of our adaptation is to explore the son/mother relationship that unites Treplev and Arkadina and to write about a son’s insane love for his mother,” says the co-founder of the MxM collective. It’s also about being open to tradition, giving up finding the truth about The Seagull in order to question its different aspects. It’s about making the stage a place where anything can happen by revealing the depth of human beings, capturing the real emotions of performers and unveiling the raw energy and magic of their physical presence.

  • Coproduction
Running time
2 : 30

    from 7 to 40 €

    Translation – Olivier Cadiot / Drama – Leila Adham / Scenography – Valérie Grall / Light designer – Julien Boizard / Video – Mehdi Toutain-Lopez / Originals images – Nicolas Doremus, Christophe Gaultier / Compositing – Hugo Arcier / Originale Music – Nihil Bordures / Sound engineering – Thibault Lamy Costume designer – Katia Ferreira / Decor construction – Atelier Artom / Artistic collaboration – Marion Pellissier, Christophe Gaultier / Director’s assistants – Céline Gaudier, Anaïs Cartier

    Production: Collectif MxM
    With the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès under its New Settings programme
    Coproduction: Bonlieu – Scène nationale Annecy, Théâtre du Nord – Centre dramatique national Lille Tourcoing Hauts-de-France, Printemps des Comédiens, TAP – Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers, Espace des Arts – Scène nationale Chalon-sur-Saône, Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines – Scène nationale, Comédie de Valence – Centre dramatique national Drôme Ardèche, Malraux – Scène nationale Chambéry, Le Grand T – Théâtre de Loire-Atlantique Nantes, Théâtre-Sénart – Scène nationale, Célestins – Théâtre de Lyon, Scène nationale d’Albi, Le Parvis – Scène nationale Tarbes Pyrénées, Théâtre Vidy – Lausanne (Suisse), Centre dramatique national Orléans Centre-Val de Loire
    With the participation and of le DICRéAM, the European regional cooperation programme INTERREG V France-Switzerland under the PEPS projects Annecy-Chambéry-Genève-Lausanne, Le Théâtre Monfort, and La Maison Jacques Copeau

    Premiered on 3 Nov. 2020 in Bonlieu – Scène nationale Annecy