- Élise Chatauret
- Performed by
- Cast in progress
Combining documentary investigation and theatrical fiction, writer-director Élise Chatauret invites the audience to share the daily life of a French hamlet, with its thirty inhabitants.
How can we convey a world that is in danger of disappearing?
How can we depict the fantasies of the city-dweller’s view of rural life?
How can the story of a real place be told on the stage of a theatre? Élise Chatauret answers these questions by creating Saint-Félix, enquête sur un hameau français [Saint-Félix, an investigation into a French hamlet], a play based on fictional interviews with the inhabitants of an isolated region of France.
Featuring four actors, puppets and small-scale models of buildings, this documented play brings the human and geographical reality of Saint-Félix to life. A hamlet is created before the audience’s eyes, with a history and life stories that intertwine to portray not only the desertification of rural areas, but also a return to nature, identity, differences and our relationship with the modern-day world. The play deals with these issues both in real terms and poetically, drawing on the experience of reality and transmitting a part of our heritage.