Une mouette et autres cas d’espèces

Directed and designed by

Hubert Colas

© Hervé Bellamy

At Hubert Colas’ invitation, a group of contemporary authors reinterpret Chekhov’s La Mouette (The Seagull), to speak of their own writing, of their perception of the world, of love, of literature and of theatre. In the form of a prologue, Jacob Wren offers us a political vision of the text, set in a world marked by global warming and a return to feudalism. Angélica Liddell signs the epilogue. The collective writing multiplies the power of this fin de siècle play. Hubert Colas is attentive to the diversity of voices and perspectives, but keeps close to an underlying theme, examining the power of words, appearances and representation, so that through the fractures and fissures of each author’s world, he builds up his scenic vision. In their interpretations and reincarnations, the actors develop transparent relations to the ghosts of in Chekhov’s La Mouette, whilst establishing an absolutely immediate connection to space and to the moment. Certain authorial decisions create totally original episodes within the play. For instance, Treplev is resuscitated for a final speech in Act 4, giving the play an otherworldly dimension of dialogue with the dead. Hubert Colas observes: “I like the idea of having bodies that are dead, and that revive, echoing Gombrowicz’ Mariage and Shakespeare’s Hamlet”, two rare works of the cannon that reveal secret relationships with Cola’s company’s history.

12-22 January 2017


Directed and designed by

Hubert Colas

Anton Chekhov’s La Mouette freely rewritten by

Edith Azam, Liliane Giraudon, Angélica Liddell, Nathalie Quintane, Jacob Wren, Annie Zadek, Jerôme Game


Céline Bouchard-Cadaugade, Heidi-Éva Clavier, Jonathan Drillet, Valère Habermann, Florian Pautasso, Vilma Pitrinaite, Thierry Raynaud, Yuval Rozman, Cyril Texier, Laure Wolf

Assistant Director

Sophie Nardone


Pierre Nouvel


Hubert Colas et Fabien Sanchez


Frédéric Viénot


Frédéric Cambier en collaboration avec Alexandre Chagnon

Voice preparation

Sophie Hervé

Chef de chant

Thomas Tacquet

Set construction

Nanterre-Amandiers Workshops

Special thanks to SPRUNG Frères for the furs.

Performance times

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30pm

Thursday 7:30pm

Saturday 6:30pm

Sunday 3:30pm

Running time

2 hours 20 minutes


Salle transformable

Premiered 26 April 2016 at the Théâtre Gymnase-Bernardines, Marseille.