from German : at the same time“perhaps” and/or “very light”


from German : at the same time“perhaps” and/or “very light”

Creation September 2013
at the Theatre of Haute-Pierre, Strasbourg / Les Migrateurs
Solo // duration : 50 min

A living puppet, a puppet ‘being’.

A person relieved from decision-making, emotion, responsibility… Or a thing shaped by conditioning, limited and all tangled up?

 A woman, appearing sometimes the master, sometimes the servant, struggles with this contradiction as she brings us to heart of its problem. Reckless, stubborn, she explores the ground as it shifts constantly beneath her.

 Dreaming about what might happen if our burdens disappeared, VieLLeicht takes us on a tense quest for an inner clearness – that joyful, transparent, affectless interiority that Heinrich von Kleist, in his essay ‘On the Marionette Theatre’, calls ‘grace’.

 It is rare to find ourselves in moments when we are thoughtful, responsible, open – and yet we keep on searching.

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DNA – Reflets, Veneranda Paladino

‘The humorous metaphors and constant unpredictability of VieLLeicht transport us with a formidable intensity. It is a metaphysical, unresolved quest, buoyed by our desires and fantasies, weighed down by our liabilities and finite natures. VieLLeicht suspends the flight of time itself.’

Rue 89, J.-P. Thibaudat

‘This little piece, which we could call an aerial aria or sonnet for body and strings, owes part of its power to the elements which accompany it: the lighting of Xavier Lazarini and the sound of Jean-Damien Ratel. VieLLeicht is like an offering made to the Earth’s gravitational attraction by an elf named Mélissa Von Vépy.’


Concept, Performance: Mélissa Von Vépy
Artistic Collaboration: Pierre Meunier, Sumako Koseki
Sound Design: Jean-Damien Ratel
Lighting Design: Xavier Lazarini
Set Construction: Neil Price
Costume Design: Catherine Sardi
Technical Director, Lighting Technician: Sabine Charreire
Stage Management, Sound Technician: Olivier Pot
/ Julien Chérault
Production, tour management : Marie Attard / Playtime
Administration : Jean-Baptiste Clement 


Happés – théâtre vertical


La Verrerie d’Alès – Pôle national cirque Languedoc-Roussillon
Le Carré – Les Colonnes, Scène conventionnée Saint-Médard-en-Jalles / Blanquefort
Scène Nationale d’Aubusson – Théâtre Jean Lurçat
Les Migrateurs – Associés pour les arts du cirque à Strasbourg
La Filature – Scène nationale Mulhouse
Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne – CH


Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines – Scène nationale
La Passerelle – Scène nationale de Gap
Le Conseil général du Gard
Le Conseil Régional Languedoc-Roussillon
Le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication – DGCA et DRAC Languedoc-Roussillon

Crédit photo : Christophe Raynaud de Lage

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