Edinburgh – Camille

Camille, performed by Kamila Klamut at Summerhall, looks at the life of Camille Claudel, hugely influential but underrated sculptor.  It’s one of the saddest creative stories of the last hundred years, a sculptor who heavily influenced, maybe even bettered, Rodin, but succumbed to prejudices against women who wanted to live their lives outside established norms of the time.  She spent the last thirty years of her life in an asylum, sent there by her brother.

And yet the life of Camille Claudel is one of intense creativity and passion.  The story is told as a memory, effectively history in reverse, put together through fragments from letters.  It flits from one memory to the next, building the character piece by piece.  Thoughts and memories hang momentarily in the air, only to disappear.  We are left to join the dots to create this complex personality.

Performer Kamila Klamut approaches this performance with such an intensity that you feel nearly as emotionally drained as she does at the end of the performance.  Highly physical, intelligent and emotionally complex, this is a production that will challenge the audience, and reward those that engage.

Photo by Cezary Chrzanowski

Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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