© Dorothée Thébert Filliger
© Dorothée Thébert Filliger

Pamina de Coulon (CH)

Fire of Emotions: The Abyss (English Version)

  • 75’
  • G Hearing loops
  • E Partially-sighted spectators welcome
  • A Little or no text

Conception et interprétation : Pamina de Coulon. Coconception et réalisation décor : Pamina de Coulon, Romain Berger, Stanislas Delarue – atelier Goupie Goupek. Conception lumières : Alice Dussart. Diffusion : Sylvia Courty – boom’structur. Production : Bonne Ambiance & boom’structur. Coproduction : TU – Théâtre de l’Usine, Genève, Arsenic, Lausanne. Soutiens : Ville et Canton de Genève, Loterie Romande, DRAC région Auvergne-Rhône Alpes, La Bellone, Bruxelles, le BRASS, Bruxelles, Fructôse, Dunkerque, Festival Artdanthé, Vanves, Les Halles de Schaerbeek, Bruxelles, Montévidéo, Marseille, L’L, Bruxelles.

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Break the rhythm that excludes thought. In this spoken essay, Pamina de Coulon practices the art of infinite speech. Sitting on a makeshift rock, she embarks the audience on the animated swells of her unfathomable reflections. Here, it is the words that act, that perform. In her labyrinthine monologue, the artist puts different theoretical concepts, memories and allusions into perspective. Pamina de Coulon navigates on seas of knowledge by ear, without losing her course ; swimming upstream through tides, crossings, migrations. The way between sea monsters and temporary plankton is lit by a refusal to rise from the ranks that surfaces and draws our attention to the coexistence of all beings.
Previously presented at Arsenic in September 2017, FIRE OF EMOTIONS: THE ABYSS returns in the context of the Programme Commun Festival.


Pamina de Coulon (1987) is a Swiss author-performer, who first developed her practice at the HEAD with such teachers as Yan Duyvendak, Christophe Kihm, Josep-Maria Martín and Lina Saneh. Her work can be described as spoken essays: she constructs speeches in which she borrows elements of stand-up comedy, self-help books and radio programmes. For her texts she uses techniques such as autosuggestion, free discourse and free association. Pamina de Coulon’s performances are disarming, life-questioning experiences, plunging the audience into an intelligent, chaotic and above all intriguing realm of thought. She lives and works in Switzerland and Belgium.