CIE Belova Iacobelli (BEL-CHI)


Duration: 60’
Performed in French, with Hungarian, Romanian and English surtitles


Created and directed by: Natacha Belova, Teresita Iacobelli

Outside eye: Nicole Mossoux
Set design: Natacha Belova
Performed: by Tita lacobelli
Director’s assistant: Edurne Rankin
Dramaturgical assistant: Rodrigo Gijón.
Set design assistant: Gabriela González
Lighting design: Gabriela González, Christian Halkin
Set construction: Guy Carbonnelle, Aurélie Borremans
Sound design: Gonzalo Aylwin, Simón González
Music: Simón González, Rafael Hernández- La Pobre Gaviota
Lighting and effects engineer: Franco Peñaloza
Production: Javier Chávez , IFO Asbl
Teaser: Pedro Lorca, Simon Breeveld
Photography: Michael Gálvez
Graphic design: Augusto Gómez

Photo: Michael Gálvez

In the backstage of a theatre, an aging actress named Chayka struggles to remember why she is there. A young woman arrives to remind her: tonight she must play the part of Arkadina in Chekhov’s The Seagull.

It will be her final role. As her memory fades, not knowing quite who she is nor the part she is meant to be playing, she is determined to, at least, give this last performance. In her struggle and descent, reality and fiction intersect. She tries to keep to the plot, but the conflict with her son Konstantin, and the repeated abandons of her lover Trigorin, soon plunge her back into her past.

There, she reconnects with the young actress she once was when she played another role – that of Nina. Her favourite part, Nina, is the young actress who finds a way, somehow, to keep going. Through her, another Chayka emerges: the fighter who gets back to her feet to carve out a new form of theatre, another space for acting and life.

Like the characters in The Seagull, Chayka navigates between past and future, disappointment and hope – and keeps going in spite of everything.



Chayka is an Ifo ASBL production made with the support of the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes of Chile, of the Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles-arts de la scène-service interdisciplinaire. It is co-produced by Mars – Mons arts de la scène, Théâtre Des Martyrs in Brussels, and Atelier Jean Vilar in Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium.


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