«Les Promises» is an artistic collaboration between six teenage women living in the 15th and 16th districts of Marseille, artists, social workers and anthropologists. The project started in 2019 and continued until 2021 through the writing of a documentary film that retraces the creative work carried out during two years.

The film «Les Promises» is written by several hands and conceived as a window into the lives of these teenagers. The work is based on interviews, dance scenes and videos made by the teenagers with their smartphones. It is a collection of people, places and objects made unique by the emotions and memories attached to them.

Marion Zurbach - Artistic director & director

Marion Zurbach started her training at the École Nationale Supérieure de Danse de Marseille, before moving to the École Atelier Rudra Béjart Lausanne. From 2003 to 2015 she worked, amongst others, for the Ballet National  de Marseille and the Konzert Theater Bern. In 2015, she founded Unplush, awarded the June Johnson Dance Price in 2019.

Giulia Angrisani - Film director

Giulia Angrisani graduated in sociology from the Federico II University of Naples, with a specialization in anthropology. In 2013, she completed her thesis project in collaboration with the Research Centre in Anthropology CRIA (Lisbon). In 2014, she won the third edition of the „Castel Sant‘Elmo in Naples. In 2018 she graduated with the thesis in „Speculative Narrative“ at ERG (Belgium).

The directors Marion Zurbach and Giulia Angrisani as well as the performers and co-authors Rachel Houmadi, Ilhem Mechentel and Djenna Sekarna invite you to an post-film after talk.


Masks mandatory in the performance venue. Further information here.

Cast & Credits

Performers & co-autors:
Amira Njahi, Rachel Houmadi, Fatima Khadissova, Ilhem Mechentel, Minane Ould Ibbat & Djenna Sekarna

Co-autors:
Artistic director & director: Marion Zurbach
Film director: Giulia Angrisani
Cameraman / film director assistant / editor: Mattia Petullà
Compositor / sound technician: Giorgio Gristina
Dramaturge / stage designer: Arthur Eskenazi
Costumes designer / Scenography builder : Silvia Romanelli
Artistic assistant: Vittorio Bertolli

Light designer: Agathe Nevière
Drone pilot: Florian Chavanon
Cameraman 2: Juan Mathias Chachay
Educators: Mohammed Kassouri, Pascale Borghi
Pictures: Maïa Izzo-Foulquier
Administrator: Martina Langmann & Maxine Devaud
Booking: Les Productions De La Seine – Florence Francisco & Gabrielle Baille

Production
Unplush

Coproduction
Dampfzentrale Berne (CH)

In partnership with
Addap13 & S.A.L.C

Locations
Centre Social Del Rio, Artagon Marseille, Foresta, Magasin « Tout Pour Femme », Théâtre de l’œuvre, Cité Des Arts De La Rue

Thanks to
@mars_massala, families, Fabrizio Terranova, Eva Baudry and Marie-Agnès Fontaine

Photos: Maïa Izzo-Foulquier

Supported by: Ambassade de France en Suisse