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Duration: 2 h 40 min, no break

Language: French and German Surtitles and English Surtitles

Shuttle to Zentrum Markus on 31.5. and 1.6. after the shows.

The title is a reference to the ads of a coffee brand with the slogan «Carte Noire – a coffee named desire». Based on this, Rébecca Chaillon and her ensemble now invite you to a brilliant evening of theatre: Together, they explore the hypersexualisation and exoticisation of Black bodies and identities as well as their visibility and invisibility. In doing so, they expose the ongoing racist stereotyping and attributions. In addition to her very visual staging style, Chaillon chooses the method of transgression and sarcasm in order to put our collective memory to the test in all clarity.

Foods with a colonial past, such as coffee and cocoa, are used as stage material in all imaginable states of aggregation. The result is a theatrical experience that generously involves all the senses and oscillates between uncompromising performance, Afrofuturist poetry, burlesque quizzes and a great deal of liberating force.

On 1.6. at 17:00 there will be a discussion with the artists at Zentrum Markus.

Rébecca Chaillon studied theatre in Paris and mixes a wide variety of elements in her pieces, such as her writing practice, her artistic interest in food and performative self-make-up.

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There are eight Black women on stage. Many people have prejudices when they see the women. The piece shows why they have these prejudices and how they came about. But also how the eight women deal with these prejudices.



Text & Concept: Rébecca Chaillon
With: Bebe Melkor-Kadior, Estelle Borel, Rébecca Chaillon, Aurore Déon, Maëva Husband / Olivia Mabounga, Ophélie Mac, Makeda Monnet, Fatou Siby
Dramaturgy: Céline Champinot
Assistant: Olivia Mabounga, Jojo Armaing
Scenography: Camille Riquier, Shehrazad Dermé
Creation & Sound: Elisa Monteil, Issa Gouchène
Stage manage: Suzanne Péchenart
Creation & Light Design: Myriam Adjalle
Translation, Adaption & Surtitles: Lisa Wegener
Construction: Samuel Chenier, Baptiste Odet
Artistic collaboration: Aurore Déon, Suzanne Péchenart
Production, Development: Mara Teboul – L’Oeil Ecoute
Administration, Tour Logistic: Elise Bernard, Amandine Loriol – L’Oeil Ecoute

Production: Compagnie Dans le Ventre

Coproduction: Manufacture – CDN Nancy Lorraine, Le Carreau du Temple, Le Maillon, Scène Nationale d‘Orléans, Fond de Dotation Porosus, Fond Transfabrik , Nordwind Festival, Maison de la Culture d’Amiens, L’Aire libre Rennes, La Ferme du Buisson, CDN de Normandie Rouen, Le Théâtre Dijon-Bourgogne CDN, La Rose des Vents Scène nationale Lille Métropole, Villeneuve d’Ascq, le phénix – Valenciennes, Théâtre Sorano

Rébecca Chaillon

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