A musical theater based on the crime of the Papin sisters (1933).
The crime on which this play is based is typical of a time when servants were considered only in terms of the use they could be put to. Young girls were often brought up in nunneries and trained to become true household “pearls”, when they did not come from well-to-do families. Few other life prospects were open to them. The tragedy of the Papin sisters is the perfect illustration of a total confinement where a life of habits and reflexes reigns, that serve to fill a life devoid of meaning. The connection with reality crumbles, minds go astray, emptiness sets in. The container takes the place of content, the meanings of actions and words are diluted in brains ravaged by ignorance. Unaware, we slide into nothingness: fertile ground for when the worst arrives — unwittingly, unknowingly, unnoticed.
CONCEPT, DIRECTION, SOUND Astride Schlaefli
WITH Astride Schlaefli, Claire Valat
PRODUCTION Michael Röhrenbach
PHOTOGRAPHY Fabrice Nobs