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Anne Petit has always maintained a relation to writing: notebooks, articles… She co-wrote theatre plays – The Thunder Bird, Ocean of Ashes – and adapted literary texts for theatre, among which The Fainted Woman (adapted from Jack London's The Apostate), The Host (from Camus's short-story), Landscapes with no ships, from Maria Judite de Carvalho's likewise-titled novel… Texts which she did not aim at publishing. The adaptation of Landscapes with no ships has a different story, as it was released in Portugal by CENA ACTUAL publishing house (1996) in Portuguese under the title Paisagem sem barcos.

Anne Petit recently wrote an episode scenario for theatre and/or television: Théâtralia, a Top Secret Private..., poetic and musical mysteries variations.

The dramaturgy which she always put in practice is inseparable from her work, whether in the adaptation of literary texts or in stage directing. It forms part of the first steps of her career...

Anne Petit is a member of S.A.C.D. where she registered all her texts and some of her theatre projects. Writings: Traces, a book of poems; Elle, a novel; Passages, a novel (in progress)

 
     
     
 
     
 
     
 

Extracts from the Preface of "Paysagem sem barcos" CENA ACTUAL Editions

The atmosphere, the feeling of imprisonment of Salazar's Portugal, where days follow each other without anything happening, are magnificently transcribed in Maria Judite de Carvalho's book. A universe of solitude, where beings suffer from the violence society imposes. Characters lost in daily suffocation or in the escape of their dreams...
... "There is nothing to do", Jô repeats, like the theme of a symphony of which she herself would be the instrument. Resisting, resisting, the vital urge making her sail through the city like a rowing boat.
Anne Petit transposes the rigour of Maria Judite de Carvalho's writing and its power of suggestion by showing great sensitivity for the theatrical language, served by Simone Biberfeld's translation talent.
That is to say that Anne Petit's theatre adaptation of the novel shows in an even better way the impossibility to communicate, the wear and tear of the gestures repeated day after day and the useless words. The dialogues emphasise the idea of solitary confinement, as if it were in fact all about monologues and as if life was just a shock of solitudes. What arises from the text is a tragic conception of existence, for what it is about is the very condition of man sacrificed to time and History, the assertion of a being still looking to find herself “among the seaweed, the empty shells and boat wrecks”.
Jose Manuel Esteves
Specializes in Portuguese literature and the work of Maria Judite de Carvalho. Among his many activities, he teaches Contemporary Portuguese Literature at the University of Paris VIII Saint-Denis and at the University of Paris X Nanterre where he has the responsibility of Chair Lindley Cintra, he is responsible for the cultural programming of the Cultural Center Camões, Embassy of Portugal in France...

 
     
     
 

Théâtralia, a Top secret private cop...
Poetic and musical mysteries variations

You never should have heard of her nor of the current, juicy matters she deals with around the whole world... SECRET... But as she is a TOP detective, some clients would do anything to purchase her services. Théâtralia doesn't work with anyone nor on any case... Whatever the price may be... Not very business-like… maybe… Those who badmouth say she does it to raise the bids, or that her office is just a cover... In any case, the clients whom she has turned down are ready to do anything to FORCE HER to accept their deal. Théâtralia is unseizable, so her loved ones become the victims of pressure, blackmail, and... that's how it is, you will be able to follow the crazy adventures of a private detective and her sidekicks on the cases which she TURNED DOWN... Her adventures will be all the more crazy since Théâtralia will be unseizable to you too – you will hear her voice, the sound of her steps, her breath, you will feel the presence of her three guys ever walking with her in the shadows... Lovers? Friends? Exes...? Place your bets, all the more as you won't see them either.

BUT THEN WHO IS IT THAT WE'LL SEE IN THIS SHOW?

HER GANG :
Dramatica -
Affectionate nickname that Théâtralia gave her best friend…
JuJu - Secretary, henchman and now and then...
Bordelito - You'll only see and hear him… a kid…a chatterer…
HER SWORN ENEMIES :
The three moonfaces Under their samurai, muddle-headed look…

The plan is that you will get some serious clues during the course of various 30-minute long episodes. These clues will link up together according to an immeasurable number of combinations which can be represented either together or separately, in the most unexpected places (including theatre houses...) following the swaying beat of the “mondial-blues”...
Anne Petit