Léonore Queffélec’s first book, Roulette russe, is an autobiographical account of her relationship with her mother, the pianist Brigitte Engerer. The little girl juggles touring the world, school and her mother’s anxiety in a fast-paced life.
We came up with a show based on the mad, lyrical world of her novel.
On the Boeing to Baltimore at night, there is Brigitte the pianist and six-year-old Léonore. Léonore has missed school, as she often does, to follow the concert pianist across the continents.
She knows that she is the daughter of an atypical artist consumed by passion. She knew that she had to fight with all her childhood energy to survive the anxiety of her genius mother. She knows that this Slavic soul dreams of a Russian prince, a little peasant, like Tolstoy, and she would like to find him for her.