Miss En Abyme

Miss en Abyme

  1. Miss en Abyme depicts a revolution led by bimbos: its ideological symbols, its fiery language and its dictatorial failure. A crowd of bimbos seize the power and bit by bit their long blond hair gets drenched in the blood of their adversaries. Their slogans are clear: this is a universal revolution. However, once in power, the rumours on the new regime start circulating: incompetence, nepotism, abuse of power seem to be at the order of the day. It becomes necessary to repress the new counter-revolutionary revolution… Miss en Abyme thus constructs a cycle of violence complete with all the mechanics and pitfalls of power led by the figurehead of apolitical self-indulgence : the bimbo.

Duration: 50 minutes

miss en abyme © Laurent Valdes


  • Choreography and text : Rudi van der Merwe
  • Created in collaboration with : Madeleine Piguet-Raykov et Jòzsef Trefeli
  • Performed : Madeleine Piguet-Raykov, Jòzsef Trefeli et Rudi van der Merwe
  • Lights and film : Laurent Valdès
  • Assistant film and make-up : Floreanne Schneuwly
  • Original music : Christian Garcia
  • Additional music : Throbbing Gristle, J. S. Bach (Glenn Gould), the Red Army Choir


  • l’État de Genève
  • la Ville de Genève
  • la Loterie Romande
  • Ernst Göhner Stiftung
  • la Commune de Carouge
  • le Fonds Intermittents


  • 19, 20 March 2011, les printemps de Sévelin, théâtre Sévelin 36, Lausanne
  • 9-12 September 2011, la Bâtie – festival de Genève, Genève
  • 14, 16 June 2012, tanz ist festival, Dornbirn
  • 30 November 2013, Pink Cross, Bern