based on the words and writings of Grisélidis Réal
concept Coraly Zahonero who hails from the Comédie-Française
with Coraly Zahonero de la Comédie-Française, Floriane Bonanni [violin], Helene Arntzen [saxophone] artistic collaboration Vicente Pradal haïr & make-up Véronique Soulier-Nguyen stage design & costumes Virginie Merlin lighting Jean-Frédéric Béal production Théâtre de Suresnes-Jean Vilar
She makes her life as a prostitute a work of art. Born in the ‘20s, the exquisite and famous Swiss courtesan, Grisélidis Réal, was so well known for her talent as a writer and painter that she was buried in the cemetery of the Kings of Geneva. She had loved her clients…had understood their loneliness. She tended to the misery of men through the comforts of the flesh. As its muse, she defends the taboo world of prostitution with both humour and ferocity, describing it as “an art, a science and a humanism.” She takes up the cause of prostitutes, those angels of the night. The play lays bare the secrets of this subversive lover, this eternal rebel…..
The scintillating Coraly Zahonero, one of the great actresses hailing from the Comédie-Française, is astounding in how she slips into the skin of this self-determined and passionate woman. Grisélidis Réal comes across as worthy, caustic, incandescent…. Two musicians on the saxophone and the violin, accompany this plea for universal love.
On stage, Coraly Zahonero, inhabited by her character, seizes the audience from the very first word and hypnotises us relentlessly right to the very last – a magnificent portrayal of this deeply moving character. Laurence Houot, Culturebox
- fri 13 9pm
- sat 14 8:30pm