ARTCENA collects documentary resources for each text selected by Contxto network : an English-subtitled interview of the author and a documented file in English to help artistic groups who want to know more about those texts.
Fists (Poings, Editions Les Solitaires Intempestifs) by Pauline Peyrade
translated in English by Keziah Serreau
translated in Spanish by Coto Adanez
Poings is about the right to regain control over oneself. Five key moments in a toxic relationship (WEST, NORTH, SOUTH, POINTS, EAST), from the first meeting to the break-up, as relived by a woman still reeling from shock, on a quest to find meaning in her experience. Plunged into traumatic memory, the play explores the themes of rumination and disorientation both in form and content. In order to bring the character's dazed and confused mindset to life, the parts each take on a radically different feel and structure, arranged in non-chronological order. The play seeks to draw on form in answering the question: why do women living with daily violence choose not to leave? Because leaving is a battle, and it is exceedingly difficult to fight when your bond with yourself has been broken. YOU and ME embody the disassociated figure of the female protagonist, juxtaposed against HIM, the man, the monster, the obsession, sometimes real and sometimes fantasised, sometimes near and sometimes far, sometimes dangerous and sometimes less so. Poings is an internal fresco in motion, recounting a story that is told and retold in order to find a way out.
In order to raise the international profile of francophone dramatic writing, ARTCENA joined with the French Ministry of Culture, the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Institut Français and the SACD (French Society of Dramatic Writers and Composers) to launch Contxto. This network aims to support the translation, promotion and international staging of works by Francophone playwrights. Contxto enjoys international presence thanks to its partner members, Instituts Français branches around the world and embassy services, drawing on their expertise and networks of local operators. Contxto is coordinated by ARTCENA