“Astronettes, the long march to the stars”: the second wing

«Astronettes, la longue marche vers les étoiles»: la deuxième aile

Photo: David Mendoza Hélaine
The distribution strong convincing gives body to a series of vignettes that remind us that the emancipation of women is part of the human emancipation.

Taking for the background of the space race that began in the last century, Astronettes, the long march to the stars book is a tribute to some exceptional human.

The project, led by Caroline B. Boudreau and Marie-Josée Bastien, who share both writing and directing, forming the narrative of the exploration of space one of a few women who have laid the foundation for the liberation of the feminine, the common point is in a limit exceeded.

The story is structured around three distinct periods : the first, around 1911-1912, following the explorer, the franco-belgian Alexandra David-Néel, the first European to enter the tibetan town of Lhasa ; the second, around 1960, portrays the soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, first woman in space, and the group of the Mercury 13 women were approached at the time to join the space program of NASA ; the third period, located in 2035, revolves ultimately around the character of Emma, the heart of the first manned mission to Mars.

Playing the out-cross rather than the straight line, the narrative multiplies the back-and-forth between these periods in order to give birth to the gateways. The main echoes will be on the side of the barriers of secular imposed on women — the room, thereupon, avoids the binary oppositions and trace of the portraits of nuanced challenges specific to the ” second sex “, which allows characters emotional, but also the human desire to push the boundaries.

The bottom of the story

This overlapping of periods, however, has the disadvantage of leaving the over dramatic more relaxed ; the introduction of the line in the footsteps of Alexandra David-Néel could in this sense be called into question. If it comes, undeniably, reinforce the theme, and in spite of the many touching moments during that it will help to build, this line will appear more remote from the conquest of space — a rich material from the archives, used with a nice parsimony, imposes itself as the color of the piece.

The offset will be seen when passages of a more technical focus to the single conquest of space — this story, in particular, an output in space, canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield : the same passages appear to belong to another universe, drama, and everything happens as if the writing, spread-eagled between two poles of great interest, was given to settle, making the economy an agonizing choice.

Between empowerment of women and overcoming the human, the piece is difficult to fully establish the dramatic unity. The end ofAstronettes, all the same, manages to culminate in a climax involving, in particular through atmospheres enveloping and an effect of the acceleration of the pace, the scene between other modulating and marking the approach of the countdown.

The distribution strong convincing, finally, gives body to a series of vignettes — historical or not — told with sensitivity, which reminds us that the emancipation of women is part of the human emancipation.

Astronettes, the long walk to the stars

Original idea : Caroline B. Boudreau. Text and staging : Marie-Josée Bastien and Caroline B. Boudreau. A production of the Théâtre niveau Parking, the Periscope until 2 march.