Australian Journal of French Studies

The Performance of Intimacy and Resistance: Rayhana’s À mon âge je me cache encore pour fumer

Australian Journal of French Studies (2016), 53, (1-2), 53–66.

Abstract

This article discusses the text and performance, as well as the sociopolitical context, of Algerian feminist activist, actor and writer Rayhana’s (mostly) French-language play A Mon âge je me cache encore pour fumer, first performed in Belleville in late 2009. The play is set in a hammam, thus rendering publicly visible a private women’s space, and in doing so, crossing the distance between the patriarchal separation of public and private, and between actors and audience. A real-life attack on the author, during the play’s first season, closed the distance between “art” and “life” as each echoed and mirrored the other. The play and its performances, inevitably anchored within the broader French debate about women, Islam, culture, liberty and equality, also traversed the often artificial distances that supposedly separate Algerian women’s experiences from those of French women.

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Winter, Bronwyn