Marlène Saldana & Jonathan Drillet

Choreographer, Actress (Marlène) / Playwright, Screenwriter, Actor (Jonathan)

April - May 2023

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Top to bottom : Jonathan Drillet, Rebeka Warrior, Marlène Saldana © Erwan Fichou

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"One issue that is of particular concern to us today, in addition to that of the body, is the issue of laughter when it touches on topics such as proposed by Verhoeven in Showgirls: feminism and patriarchy."

As part of Albertine Dance Season 2023


We have worked as performers and collaborators with a range of stage directors and choreographers, and in tandem on our own projects for the last ten years. Because we think, as did Friedrich Nietzsche, that art has been given us to save us from death-by-reality, we create chaotic, polymorphous shows at the intersection of theater, performance, visual arts, and contemporary dance, mainly performed by dancers.  


In 2021, we produced Showgirl, a piece loosely inspired by Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls (1995), which was a disaster movie and a film about dance. Its aesthetic, its political vision, and the questions it raises about the figure of the fallen woman and mainstream Hollywood’s treatment of actresses and their bodies inspired us to take a closer look at the issues of “camp” and, more generally, of good and bad taste. Pursuing this reflection in situ in Los Angeles and in Las Vegas – as Verhoeven did for the writing of his screenplay – will enable us to imagine an experimental cinematic object capable of celebrating, in the words of Susan Sontag, the victory of irony over tragedy. 


Marlène Saldana worked with theater directors Sophie Perez & Xavier Boussiron or Yves Noel Genod and with choreographers such as Boris Charmatz, Jérôme Bel, Ashley Chen. She’s also working closely with theater maker and movie director Christophe Honoré. Jonathan Drillet worked with Jonathan Capdevielle, Sanja Mitrovic, Julien Prévieux, Raimund Hoghe. He is also working as a dramaturge or author for other directors such as Phia Ménard and Théo Mercier.  

Marlène Saldana and Jonathan Drillet founded their company in 2008, The United Patriotic Squadrons of Blessed Diana, and have since written numerous shows presented in many locations in France and internationally. Their latest piece, Showgirl, was created at the Saint Gervais Theater in Geneva as part of the festival de la Bâtie, then toured France, Belgium and Switzerland and soon at Chaillot, the Théâtre National de la Danse (Paris, March 2023). Their next project, Utsu Mono To Utaruru Mono, a piece for 8 dancers, will be created in 2024 in Lyon (Les Subsistances).  


In partnership with

Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris

Since the founding of the Théâtre National Populaire by Firmin Gémier in 1920, Chaillot has welcomed artists and audiences in a place whose architectural, historical and artistic dimensions have created a symbol: a theater at the service of creation and audiences in their diversity. In 2000, Chaillot diversified its programming by opening up to the choreographic arts to become, in 2008, the first National Theatre "to have a project built mainly around and from dance" and in 2016 took the name of Chaillot - Théâtre national de la Danse.

Centre national de la danse (CN D)

As a public establishment founded by the Ministry of Culture, the Centre national de la danse (National Dance Center) brings together all resources aimed at the sector of choreography and its publics in two places, in Pantin (in the Île-de-France region) and in Lyon (in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region). It supports and trains professional dancers, promotes amateur practice, assists with research, conserves and distributes choreographic heritage, and supports the creation of choreographic works in all forms, while promoting a dialogue with other artistic fields.


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