Rébecca Chaillon Montreuil, France
Whitewashing is the practice of having white actors play characters from other ethnic groups. Here, starting from the same term – whitewashing – Rébecca Chaillon experiments with skin lightening in concrete terms, exploring the political power of this gesture. In this work, Chaillon investigates the ambivalent tension experienced by a black woman within a white-dominated society between being a cleaning lady and taking care of her body and her self. On stage, Rébecca Chaillon and Aurore Déon are two housekeepers who clean and polish the floor with bleach. From their gestures – a continuous movement to clean and to dirty the space, skin and hair rituals – a painful truth emerges: many black women are relegated to socially demeaning tasks. “Whitewashing” – bleaching – becomes an extreme attempt to escape racism and the absence of one’s identity in the media and collective representations.
Born in Martinique, Rébecca Chaillon is involved in the activities of feminist, queer and anti-racist collectives. In her artistic practices, she makes room for personal emancipation, deconstructing assumptions, mixing and overlapping identities, and acting against the discrimination of minorities and post-colonial populations in the French art industry. From 2005 to 2017, she worked in the Entrées de jeu theatre company directed by Bernard Grosjean and founded the Dans le Ventre company in 2006. She writes for theatre and cinema, creating performances, short films and documentaries. Since 2020, she has been an associate artist at the Théâtre de la Manufacture in Nancy.
Accessibility: accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility.
via Orsini 19, Santarcangelo
duration: 60 minutes
language: French with Italian and English subtitles
testo e direzione Rébecca Chaillon e Aurore Déon
produzione Compagnie Dans le Ventre
con Rébecca Chaillon e Aurore Déon
regia e allestimento Suzanne Péchenart
traduzione e sovratitoli Lisa Wegener
produzione e sviluppo L’Oeil Ecoute - Mara Teboul & Elise Bernard
logistica L’Oeil Ecoute - Lise Barbut
progetto realizzato con il supporto di Institut français, Fondazione Nuovi Mecenati
© Luca Ferreira