Behind your lids

[Behind your eyelid]

written and directed by Pierre-Yves Chapalain

from 14 September to 10 October 2021 - Small Theater

Tuesday at 7 pm, from Wednesday to Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 4 pm

duration 1h45

Eleonore : - Gabriel, what an agitation, I hope you didn’t get too scared, eh Gabriel, you’re not saying anything ? Not yet, that’s right, you have time, don’t be in a hurry, take your time, let the words come to you, let them bloom. And if it doesn’t come in the right order, it’s good too. But at the end of the end, don’t make them say just anything. The future is north from language.

Pierre-Yves Chapalain

Derrière tes paupières, [Behind your lids]

Eleonore is in her forties and on the brink of exhaustion. Lately, she has been forgetful and has had speech issues. Thus, she compulsively writes down her memories on post-it notes and decides to consult a neurologist who proposes, as an experiment, a « technical aid », a sort of hybrid being, half-vegetal, half-human, to monitor her health. Eleonore refuses and her state worsens: her phrases are rambling, she loses track of conversations, of words, and finally completely stops talking. Her sister Maya, whom she hadn’t seen for years, decides to accept the neurologist’s proposal. The humanoid will translate Eleonore’s thoughts and will express them for her.

What will resist oblivion? How to recover speech? Pierre-Yves Chapalain questions, through the prism of modern technologies, our relation to speech, language and thought.

artistic team

written and directed by Pierre-Yves Chapalain

with Hiba El Aflahi, Caddy, Marie Cariès, Pierre-Yves Chapalain, Pierre Giraud, Émilie Incerti Formentini, Kahena Saighi, Nicolas Struve

dramaturgue Kahena Saighi

artistic collaboration Jonathan Le Bourhis

lighs Florent Jacob

sounds Samuel Favart-Mikcha

set and costumes Adeline Caron

stage manager Andréa Warzée

© Gwendal Le Flem
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theatrer company Le temps qu’il faut


La Colline – théâtre national, Théâtre National de Bretagne – Rennes, Les Quinconces-L’Espal –
Scène nationale du Mans
, Château Rouge – Scène conventionnée Annemasse
with the support of Studio-Théâtre at Vitry and the artistic collaboration of ENSATT

diffusion Olivier Talpaert – En votre compagnie

La compagnie is subsidised by Culture Ministry/DRAC de Bretagne

Le spectacle was produced the 19th May 2021 at Théâtre National de Bretagne – Rennes.



The text is published the 9th September 2021 by Les Solitaires Intempestifs.



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