La Fille du collectionneur

Concept and Staging

Théo Mercier

© Martin Argyroglo

The body of Marlène Saldana, La Fille du collectionneur, is the connecting thread of an entirely unique viewing. Marlène Saldana poses nude to a jazz soundtrack, miming absent artworks whose presence can still be sensed on the empty walls. Real subjects, sketches and memories reveal a visible imaginary uncovered and made manifest by absence. Absent artworks, and an absent father, that malevolent figure of whom we are constantly reminded but whom it is impossible to meet. Ultimately, La Fille du collectionneur is the story of a connection, revealing how the void left by absence is filled with memories.

14 – 19 November 2017



With support from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès programme “New Settings”.


With support from the festival “Les Inaccoutumés” La Ménagerie de verre


With support from “apap – Performing Europe 2020”


Théo Mercier


Théo Mercier and Florent Jacob


François Chaignaud, Jonathan Drillet, Harris Gkekas, Angela Laurier, Marlène Saldana

Co-creation of scenography and sculptures

Théo Mercier, Arthur Hoffner

Assistant director

Florent Jacob

Drawings and story boards

Jérémy Piningre


Jonathan Drillet and Marlène Saldana


Laurent Durupt and the musiciens of Umlaut Big Band


Romain Vuillemin, Rémi Fox, Antonin Gerbal, Sébastien Beliah

Light Design

Eric Soyer

English subtitles

Harold Manning, with the collaboration of Jennifer Gay

Interns for costume and scenography

Anaïs Caulat, Juline Darde-Gervais, Alice Louradour

Set building

Les ateliers de Nanterre-Amandiers

Performance times

Tuesday to Saturday 9pm

Sunday 5:30pm

Running time (estimated)

1 hour 30 minutes


Salle transformable


This show is not suited for pregnant women and people with epileptic disease

For english speaking audience

With english subtitles the 17th, and 18th nov.

Premiered 14 November 2017 at Nanterre-Amandiers.