- 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.