Hen

  • Cabaret
By
Johanny Bert
Performed by
Johanny Bert, Anthony Diaz et les musiciens Guillaume Bongiraud, Cyrille Froger

Conception, mise en scène et voix – Johanny Bert

From the imagination of director and puppeteer Johanny Bert, Hen offers audiences a joyful and provocative evening, cross-referencing 1930s Berlin cabarets and the contemporary queer scene.

Hen has a wide range of facial and bodily expressions. Glamorous and virile, raw and modest, Hen (pronounced “heun”, like the Swedish personal pronoun used to refer to a person in a gender-neutral way) cannot be confined to any single category. This chimeric creature explores questions of identity and gender in music and song. Neither transvestite, nor transsexual, nor transgender, Hen metamorphoses according to his/her desires, with humour and insolence, claiming the right to live outside the norms.
Made of foam, wood, metal and latex, this exuberant puppet is animated by two actors. Multi-faceted and transformable, Hen invites us to an evening inspired by the Berlin cabarets of the 1930s and the current queer theatre scene. Campaigning for a less discriminatory society, Hen asserts his/her intimate journey, sexual difference, freedom to exist and the range of identities that make up his/her humanity.

  • Carry-over 2020-21
Running time
1 : 15
Locality
Célestine
Dates
Prices

de 9 à 26 €

Informations

PERFORMANCE IN FRENCH SIGN LANGUAGE
for the deaf and hard of hearing on Friday, 17th and Saturday, 18th

  • Not recommended for children under 16 years old
Book

Direction collaboration – Cécile Vitrant / Music arranged by – Guillaume Bongiraud, Cyrille Froger / Puppets made by – Eduardo Felix / Litterary manager – Olivia Burton / Light designer – Johanny Bert, Gilles Richard / Sound designer – Frédéric Dutertre, Simon Muller / Costume designer – Pétronille Salomé / Decor construction – Fabrice Coudert / Other composers – Marie Nimier, Prunella Rivière, Gwendoline Soublin, Laurent Madiot, Alexis Morel, Pierre Notte, Yumma Ornelle and Brigitte Fontaine

Production: Théâtre de Romette
Coproduction: Le Bateau Feu – Scène nationale Dunkerque, La 2Deuche – Lempdes

With the support of La Cour des Trois Coquins – Scène vivante de Clermont-Ferrand, Le Mouffetard – Théâtre des arts de la marionnette in Paris, Le Carreau du Temple in Paris – Accueil studio

“On adore. Courez, volez, laissez derrière vous morosité et normalité et devenez fan de Hen”. L’Œil d’Olivier

Hen est un chef-d’œuvre, un coup de talon aiguille dans le vieux monde”. Toutelaculture.com

“La lignée de Hen emprunte tant à Alf qu’à Divine, Brigitte Fontaine ou Lady Gaga, évoquant tour à tour tant les créatures underground berlinoises que brésiliennes. Hen, une marionnette qui explose les genres”. Les Inrockuptibles

“Une revue pour un pantin et deux manipulateurs, où la question du genre est abordée de manière joyeuse et provocatrice”. Sceneweb

“Un cabaret transgressif et inclusif dans lequel on peut se sentir toutes et tous réellement bien”. Têtu

“Forcément inclassable, militant de la liberté, Hen est unique. Profondément humain en somme, touchant, insupportable, amoureux, follement drôle”. L’Humanité

meet the cast: Thuesday 14th  and Friday 17th after the performance