KING KONG THEORY by Virginie Despentes
A two voices reading of King Kong Theory by Virginie Despentes with a Korean actress, Mina Kweon, and Selma Alaoui, a French-Belgian actress and director, this show would be the first step in a collaboration between Liège’s Theater and the South Korean National Theater Company, which should lead to the production of crossover shows with mixed teams. In this essay, where life and reflection are intertwined, Virginie Despentes returns to the issues inherent in her works and her literary trajectory. The text questions in a frontal way the female sexuality and the original definition of the female. Presented by her publisher as “a manifesto for a new feminism”, King Kong Theory, in his own way, sketches both an observation of the feminine in the present and attempts to open up the field of possible futures.
Selma Alaoui lives in Brussels where she works as an actress and director. After her formation at INSAS, she played under the direction of Nicolas Luçon, Anne-Cécile Vandalem, Armel Roussel. Concerning cinema, she shot for Vincent Lannoo, Bruno Tracq or the Dardenne brothers. Her directing work explores the themes of identity, social life or family in a poetic and organic way : Anticlimax by Werner Schwab (Belgian Critics’ Prize – Best Discovery 2007 and Emulation Prize 2008), I would prefer not to (Best Director 2011), Love, War, Notes for the Future, as well as several short forms (after Kathy Acker and Virginia Woolf). Her latest creation is the adaptation of Virginie Despentes‘ novel Apocalypse bébé. She is the founder and co-artistic director of the Mariedl Theatre Collective since 2007, a contract-programmed company of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. Mariedl is in artistic residence at the Varia Theatre in Brussels. Since 2012, Selma Alaoui has been teaching regularly at INSAS, the Mons Conservatoire and the IAD.
Mina Kweon is an actor based in Seoul, South Korea. After her studies in Korea National University of Arts, she continued her training in Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the U.K. As a trilingual speaker of English, French and Korean, she has been actively working in numerous international film and performance projects. Currently a member of the New World Theater Company, she is working with director Soo Jung Kim on productions revealing the ugly truth of modern society.
“This is because “King Kong Theory” is an essay that starts as a piece of rap. “For the ugly, the old, the truckers, the frigids, the badly fucked, the unbearable, the hysterical, the crazy, all excluded from the big market to the good girl. We asked Fishbach to read the introduction. The sixth book and first essay published by Virginie Despentes, is a modern feminist manifesto and devastating dynamite social order holding the body of women at the disposal of men.”
A teaser of her show