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  • Victoria Thierrée Chaplin

    © Richard Haughton

    Bells and Spells, a journey between wonder and circus. Aurelia Thierrée, nimbel and sinuous, drive us on inside the adventurous world of the dreams, directed by Victoria Thierrèe. In a single act, composed of an overwhelming succession of scenarios, Aurélia, in the guise of an incurable and clever kleptomaniac, suddenly finds herself at the mercy of the objects she tries to seize. Improbable mechanisms, strange encounters, crazy music boxes and many other surprises in a continuous unpredictable theatrical play. A peculiar incessant rhythm transports us into a succession of “everyday life” scenes where Aurélia collects objects that don’t belongs to her, bringing the audience inside paintings in whose dreamlike frame everything changes and becomes possible. Elegant and ethereal, Aurélia opens us the door of her imagination full of restlessness and poetry. With the performer and dancer Jaime Martinez, the multifaceted artist struggles in a world full of “living” stolen objects that manipulate and influence her, objects that belongs to a world that only exist in her imagination. Seats and tables slide and move independently, walls from which magically appear surreal characters, paintings that comes alive, common objects transformed into strange velvet animal, a wood of coat hangers transformed, under the incredulous eyes of the audience, in a dragon ridden by a young girl. Strangeness meets wonders in a dreamlike illusion that makes smiles and dream. In Bells and Spells, logic, reason and seriousness aren’t law. Aurélia Thierrèe will guide you throught unknown territories where magic, surrealism and humour are the norm.

    set and costume design > Victoria Thierrée Chaplin
    choreography > Armando Santin
    sound design > Dom Bouffard
    light > Pierre Hendrickx
    collaborator to the light design > Fiammetta Baldiserri
    sound engineer > Christian Leemans
    technical director > Gerd Walter
    stagehand master > Marco D'Amico
    props & costumes > Monika Schwarzl
    tour manager > Didier Bendel
    production manager > Virginia Forlani

    produced by
    Victoria Thierrée Chaplin
    co-produced by
    Théâtre les Célestins Lyon
    Théâtre Atelier Carouge Genève
    Change Performing Arts Milano

    a special thanks to
    Aurélia Thierrée, Sara Driver, Prof. Aron Goldhirsch, Prof. Paolo Veronesi Nicoletta Braschi