ombre claire

Ombre Claire – Bright Shadow

A play for puppet and silent actress

Claire Heggen solo

Création 2013


Bright Shadow is inspired by the true story of Claire Pradier,
daughter of Juliette Drouet and the sculptor James Pradier.
In this piece Claire Heggen takes inspiration from poems
by Victor Hugo about her in his Contemplations,
and in dialogue with Schubert’s string quartet Death and the Maiden.
Using a puppet as a go-between, animating the inanimate,
Claire Heggen makes the uncertain figure of an angel appear and disappear,
calling up the ghostly whiteness of a being who disappeared too soon.


Photo credit : Christophe Loiseau


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In the press

“Ombre Claire – The Pearl of the Festival My Mime – The show Bright shadow presented the art of Claire Heggen in a single sample to even greater extent than before, moreover, in an unusual genre form, which has much greater tradition in the French culture than in ours – namely tragic mime. Hugo’s Meditation and Schubert’s composition The Death and the Maiden, which are organic parts of the whole production, suggested in advance – regardless of the credits in the program – the wistful, meditative position of the performance. It was also enriched by Claire Heggen´s acting and polite recitation of the verses and breathtaking physical gesture and mime which with its statuesque suggestion corresponds with the main principles of Decroux´s teaching. The audience is mainly addressed with expressive emotionality, to me personally known only from Rodin’s sculptures. Ladislava Petišková – Theater critic / May 24, 2015