Chambre noire

Premiered in 2017. Currently touring.

Duration : 60 minutes / Audience : From 16 years



Chambre noire is a wild hallucination around the death-bed of Valerie Solanas (1936-1988): the most beautiful girl in America, the talented psychology-student who spent her life in and out of mental institutions, the first intellectual whore, writer, radical feminist, creator of the SCUM Manifesto, the woman who shot Andy Warhol… A character that is complex, multi-sided, outrageous and profoundly human.

Inspired by Sara Stridsberg´s novel “The dream faculty”, this performance is a duo with puppeteer Yngvild Aspeli and percussionist Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen.

With life-sized puppets, broken songs, video-projections, a good dose of humor and a desert of loneliness.

Visual theatre, live music, life-sized puppets and video.


The festival’s winning performance, all of which ran to see, was Chambre Noire (…) It is a story of abuse, destruction and evil, and will probably go around the world as the new star show in the puppet theater
— Periskop • Anne Helgesen (october 2017)
“But if you haven’t experienced this French-Norwegian company before (…) you don’t yet know how viscerally haunting its puppetry can be. These ugly-beautiful full-size human stand-ins aren’t just lifelike; they can insinuate their way right to your core. (…) a stunning work of art — a deeply compassionate remembrance of a furious, unbalanced woman who took aim at a Great Man.”
“A jewel of a performance – dark, a bit grunge and ramshackle; but bursting with beauty.”

— Les trois coups • Marie Lobrichon


Directed by – Yngvild Aspeli & Paola Rizza

Actor and puppeteer – Yngvild Aspeli

Percussionist – Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen

Dramaturg – Pauline Thimonnier

Outside eye – Pierre Tual

Music by – Guro Moe Skumsnes Moe and Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen

Puppets by – Yngvild Aspeli, Pascale Blaison & Polina Borisova

Scénography – Elisabeth Holager Lund

Costumes – Sylvia Denais

Lights– Xavier Lescat

Video – David Lejard-Ruffet

Sound – Antony Aubert

Technician – Alix Weugue


COPRODUCTIONS – Figurteatret i Nordland (NO)

TJP – CDN d’Alsace, Strasbourg (67/FR) / Le Passage, Scène conventionnée de Fécamp (76-FR) / La Maison de la Culture de Nevers et de la Nièvre (58-FR) / Le Festival Mondial des Théâtres de marionnettes de Charleville-Mézières (08-FR)

SUPPORTED BY – Arts Council Norway / Kulturrådet (NO) / DRAC Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (FR) / Conseil régional bourgogne-Franche-Comté (FR) / Fond for lyd og bilde (NO) / FFUK (NO) / Fritt Ord (NO) / Conseil départemental de l’Yonne (FR) / Théâtre du fil de l’eau – Pantin (93-FR) / / Le projet Développement des Arts Vivants en Massif Central (FR)/ Nordland Fylkeskommune

Le Théâtre d’Auxerre, Scène conventionnée (93-FR) / Le Studio Théâtre – Stains (93-FR) / La Nef Manufacture d’utopies – Pantin (93-FR)

THANKS TO – Le Mouffetard, théâtre des Arts de la marionnette à Paris (75-FR) / L’Onda – Office National de Diffusion Artistique / l’EPCC Bords 2 Scène de Vitry le François (51-FR)