The Invisible Adventure / L’Aventure invisible
A brain scientist who loses her identity after a stroke, a queer filmmaker who uses art as a form of death ritual to connect with a forgotten queer photographer, and the first transplantation patient in the world to receive a new face from a dead man. Three extraordinary life stories come together in this documentary based conversation drama about identity, death and transformation.
The play premiered in French with the title L’Aventure Invisible at T2G Théâtre de Gennevilliers in Paris as part of Festival d’Automne in October 2020. It is based on interviews with three people: An American brain scientist who experienced a stroke and was able to study the collapse of her own brain from the inside. At the age of 37, she lost all her memories and was forced to re-invent her whole personality from scratch. A bookseller from Paris, was born with a genetic disease that made his face deformed. Through experimental surgery, he was able to receive the world’s first full facial transplantation. And an experimental filmmaker became obsessed with the mysterious photography of iconic queer artist Claude Cahún. Through elaborate cinematic reconstructions of Cahún’s photos, the filmmaker opens up a portal to the past. The three voices come together in a thought-provoking and illuminating conversation where no question is too intimate to be asked and where the answers bring us on a journey deep inside ourselves – underneath the skin of our faces, and inside our own brains.
Written and directed by Marcus Lindeen Cast Claron McFadden, Tom Menanteau, Franky Gogo Artistic collaboration, dramaturgy and translation Marianne Ségol-Samoy Music and sound Hans Appelqvist Scenography Mathieu Lorry-Dupuy Lights Diane Guérin Film Sarah Pucill Technical direction Dimitri Blin Sound engineer Isaac Azoulay
Production Comédie de Caen-CDN de Normandie dans le cadre du Pôle Européen de création Co-production T2G — Théâtre de Gennevilliers, Centre dramatique national; Festival d’Automne à Paris With support from l’Institut français, le ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires étrangères, le ministère de la Culture et la Cité internationale des arts, le Festival Les Boréales In partnership with Radio France Culture