CHICAGO-reconstitution is the story by Clyde Chabot of the premature birth of her daughter, in the United States in 2002. The medical world, the worries, the joys and the potentials associated with the birth of this fragile being suddenly arise in a country that is not theirs. 16 years later the child discovers her native land and looks at what constitutes her. Mother and daughter display this extraordinary destiny in a quadrifrontal device, conducive to intimacy with the public.
Clyde Chabot works by variations in the form of successive stage editions of the same text.
In 2019 the scenic edition #1 brought together actress Laetitia Spigarelli accompanied by Nathalie Jacquet (cellist member of the group NOMOS) and Grace Milandou (flutist). The text gave voice to the child, omniscient, who told herself the story of her birth.
In 2020, Clyde Chabot rewrote the text to give the mother and child the floor. With the complicity of Stéphane Olry, she carries herself with her daughter Ysé Allegret the story of this extraordinary destiny in a quadrifrontal device, conducive to intimacy with the public.
Clyde Chabot took this text worldwide and gave a lecture in English in Chicago USA in March 2020, as a preview of the quadrifrontal device created with her daughter, in preparation for 2021.
Cast Scenic Edition #1 : Text & conception Clyde Chabot / Actress : Laetitia Spigarelli / Musicians : Nathalie Jacquet and Grace Milandou / Scenography Charlotte Arnaud
Cast Scenic Edition #2 : Text & conception Clyde Chabot / Actresses : Clyde Chabot & Ysé Allegret / Outside view Stéphane Olry / Lights Iannis Japiot
When I reopened my eyes in Chicago, the nurses around me were wearing headbands with red flashing lights at the end of their antennas.
Like in a Disney movie.
It was Christmas Eve, December 24th, 2002, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Our daughter should have been born in April, in a hospital in Paris in France.
She was born that day at 11:40 am “extremely premature’’ on the other side of the Atlantic
At Rush Hospital in Chicago
About 2 pounds at 26 weeks 4 months early.
“Clyde Chabot abandons all sentimentalism in the flow of memories that she recounts, she goes back against the current in her memory to write as closely and as accurately as possible this intimate adventure that immediately catches us and keeps us in suspense from end to end, causing us amazement, waves of emotion and laughter as some situations are funny despite the tension of the context. Even though the topics of filiation and motherhood are present in “SICILIA” and “TUNISIA”, never have the subjects been discussed in Clyde Chabot’s work in such an organic and constitutive way of writing.”
By Marie Plantin, Remue.net, January 27, 2020
Action financée par la Région Île-de-France, avec le soutien de la SPEDIDAM*
*LA SPEDIDAM est une société de perception et de distribution qui gère les droits des artistes interprètes en matière d’enregistrement, de diffusion et de réutilisation des prestations enregistrées.