Maëlle Poésy never ceases to pleasantly surprise us. We remember its 7-minute adaptation, based on the novel by Stefano Massini at Vieux-Colombier (2021) and Anima, its “performance” installation, with visual artist Noémie Goudal (on tour in March). The thirty-year-old returns in style with a breathtaking creation imagined with playwright Kevin Keiss: Cosmos, in a lunar setting by Hélène Jourdan. Inspired by the documentary No Gravity, by engineer Silvia Casalino, which questions the place of women in the history of space conquest (2011), they tell the little-known journey of thirteen American women, aged 17 to 41. , recruited in the 1960s to participate in the NASA Mercury 13 program.
Jane Hart (Caroline Arrouas), mother of the eight children of the Democratic governor of Michigan, and Jerrie Cobb (Mathilde-Édith Mennetrier), consultant for NASA, become the group's spokespersons before the House of Representatives and the vice-presidency of UNITED STATES. Because at the last minute, these pioneers, all experienced airplane pilots, learned that the program was interrupted. The dream for which they sacrificed suddenly collapses. The two heroines are notably supported by Wally Funk (Liza Lapert), the astrophysicist, Domi (Dominique Joannon) and the astrobiologist Elphège (Elphège Kongombé Yamalé).
They are far from unworthy. On the contrary, they often outperformed their male colleagues in performing the same tests. They would have had to be at least 1.80 m tall, wear size 46 shoes and be a fighter pilot, a profession which is then prohibited to them. John Kennedy confined them to their roles as wife and mother. Astronaut John Glenn wants to keep his privilege. His speech, which we listen to thanks to archive footage, is incredibly retrograde. Mentalities have evolved - there is still progress to be made - but at the time, men were supposed to be better than women at conquering space. They didn’t hesitate to send monkeys there, though!
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Trained in circus arts and dance, carried by the choreographies of Leïla Ka, like high-level athletes, the five actresses wander around the set and in the hangers. Vertically, horizontally, attached as if for climbing, they magnificently impose their personalities and their words of emancipation. In the room, young and old - the show is recommended for ages 15 and up - have stars in their eyes.
Cosmos, on tour throughout France.