HEN is a Swedish pronoun which entered their dictionary in 2015 and designates a person who is either male or female.
It is often used in scholastic manuals working with less discriminatory pedagogy.
In Johanny Bert’s new creation, HEN is a puppet manipulated in full view by two actors. HEN transforms its body at will, playing with stereotypical masculine and feminine imagery.
HEN is a larger-than-life exuberant and outrageous diva, ever virile in heels, singing about love, hope, bodies and sexuality with absolute freedom.
Both a concert and a musical narrative, HEN is accompanied by two electro-acoustic musicians playing original creations onstage, freely takes its roots in Berlin’s 1930s cabaret era as well as in the contemporary queer performance scene.
Conception, direction and voice of "HEN" : Johanny Bert
In collaboration with Cécile Vitrant
Manipulators of "HEN" : Johanny Bert, Anthony Diaz
Live music : Guillaume Bongiraud (electro-acoustic cello), Cyrille Froger (percussion)
With the lyrics of Brigitte Fontaine, Prunella Rivière, Alexis Morel, Laurent Madiot, Pierre Notte...
Fabrication of puppets : Eduardo Felix
Costumes : Pétronille Salomé
Costumes interns : Lune Forestier, Solène Legrand, Marie Oudot
Vocal coach : Anne Fischer
Dramaturg : Olivia Burton
Stage manager : Gilles Richard
Sound designer & engineer : Frédéric Dutertre
Technicians : Vera Martins, Simon Muller
Lighting advice : David Debrinay
Administration, production, touring : Mathieu Hilléreau, Les Indépendances
Production assitant : Baptiste Nénert
Photographer: Christophe Raynaud-Delage
Théâtre du Train Bleu / Festival d'Avignon
40 Rue Paul Sain
Uniquement le 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 / 20, 22, 24 juillet 2019
du 21 au 23 Novembre 2019
Du 22 Janvier 2020 au 8 Février
Théâtre de Lempdes
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