Behind closed doors, seated between a white wall and a white table, a woman with no face embodies a serie of threatening sound figures, as many distressing voices that inhabit her. Penetrated by creatures inhabiting tales collective imagination, she becomes the playground and the battlefield of feminine entities fighting over a same territory. Her body, never exposed entirely, is deconstructed, dismantled in a primary and insatiable bestiary, threatening its own sovereignty.
Is she a witch ? A spider-woman, a goddess, a she-wolf or a carnivorous plant ? And will they triumph over the woman they colonised ?
The Magma Chamber is a discourse without words, a cry without voice, that tells us the violences and the ambivalences contained in the archetypes structuring female identity.
Written by Shantala Pèpe
Directed in collaboration with Antonin de Bemels
Choreography and Performance Shantala Pèpe
Photography & Sound design Antonin de Bemels
Lighting design Hugues Girard
Lighting technician Stéphane Rimasauskas
Costumes Shantala Pèpe with the help of Patricia Eggerickx
Editing Antonin de Bemels & Shantala Pèpe
Script supervisor Mariyya Evrard
Sound mixing Alexis Oscari
Color grading Claire Beunckens
Production Incógnita asbl/Shantala Pèpe
Co-production Stéla - DesArts//DesCinés - Production manager in France : Anna Alexandre
With the support of the Bureau d'Accueil des Tournages de La Loire, The City of Saint Etienne, and Athanor asbl Thanks to Catherine Simon, Félix Blum, Stéphane Jossart, Cédric Celorio-Lopez, Alexandre Wajnberg, and the Atelier du Théâtre Libre