Compagnie Non Nova's

L’après-midi d’un foehn Version 1

January 23 - 27, 2019

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

A WorldStage Production from France
created by Phia Ménard

A brilliant metaphor of art and the imagination.


The best use of the derided plastic bag ever seen.


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The Play

Prepare to be blown away! Chicago Shakespeare partners with the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival to co-present France’s Compagnie Non Nova, which takes an ordinary object—a flimsy plastic shopping bag—and transforms it into something magical. Anthropomorphized plastic figures take flight buffeted on invisible waves as a performer manipulates them with precise, complex choreography, creating an intoxicating visual ballet out of the everyday.



Video: Taking Flight


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Critical Acclaim

The Guardian praises, "they make a heap of rubbish into an improbably perfect interpretation of Debussy’s pastoral score."
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About the Company

Compagnie Non Nova was founded in 1998 by Phia Ménard with the desire to approach juggling from a different angle.
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About the Creator

Phia Ménard is an internationally acclaimed French artist and a recipient of the Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
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The Players

Creative Team

Phia Ménard Artistic Director & Creator

Jean-Luc Beaujault Assistant to the Artistic Director & Creator

Ivan Roussel Composer & Sound Designer

Olivier Gicquiaud Stage Manager & Sound Designer

Claire Fesselier Sound Designer

Mateo Provost Sound Designer

Phia Ménard Puppet Designer

Claire Rigaud Puppet Creator


Jean-Louis Ouvard Performer

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