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SPRING FORWARD FESTIVAL: RAPUNZEL

Mélissa Guex’s Rapunzel trumpets the need to separate the static destiny of a woman from that of her adventurous and courageous prince: No need to be saved. Rapunzel is presented as part of Spring Forward Festival, which is taking place in Dublin, from Thursday 27 to Saturday 29 April. It brings together 21 inspiring dance makers from around Europe.


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A princess waiting for a prince so she can start living. This is an archetypal narrative that still colours education and the imagination. By summoning the figure of the princess, Mélissa Guex subverts its iconic dimension: the archetype has become modelling clay and is shown to the audience as a creature worn down by loneliness and expectation.

Neither a damsel in distress nor a delicate virgin, Rapunzel delivers a trashy punk one-woman show and attacks the female clichés anchored in our collective Western imagination. Mélissa Guex trumpets the need to separate the static destiny of a woman from that of her adventurous and courageous prince: No need to be saved.


Credits:

Concept and choreography: Mélissa Guex, in collaboration with the artistic team

Performer: Mélissa Guex

Sound creation: Charlotte Vuissoz

Lights: Justine Bouillet

Costume and scenography: Lucie Meyer

Administration, production, and diffusion: Milena Pellegrini

Dramaturge: Selina Beghetto

Tour Manager: Milena Pellegrini

Technical director: Sophia Meyer

Production: Compagnie SUMO

Coproduction: Théâtre Sévelin 36

Soutiens et partenaires : Ville de Lausanne, Canton de Vaud, SSA Bourse pour chorégraphe émergent·e, Loterie Romande, PREMIO – Prix d’encouragement pour les arts de la scène, Pro Helvetia, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Pourcent-culturel Migros, Fondation Suisse des interprètes, Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art.


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