With TUNISIA, Clyde Chabot revisits her family history of migration, from Sicily towards Tunisia then France, to invite each to plunge into his own memory, to question migratory flow, the fear and the desire of other one, and our representations of the foreigner.

She realized interviews with her mother and her aunt who lived in Tunisia until the independence.

A journey with her daughter at the beginning of 2015 to Tebourba, Tunisian village of her family near by Tunis, on the tracks of her ancestors, awakened thoughts, sensations, inspirations.

Giving the material to TUNISIA, show mixing texts and images, “family archaeology” and fiction, tragedy and humor, reflection on the history and the colonial present of France, and Tunisia today.



Text, conception and play : Clyde Chabot
Outside view : Stéphane Olry
Photo : Gabriel Buret
Editions : Les Cygnes


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I went there. With my daughter.To Tebourba.Tebourba. This name rings as the original earth. The earth where you get stuck and from which it is difficult to get rid off. And also as the name of a small quiet village in Tunisia, where life is enjoyable, where almost nothing happens. What looks like to what I saw on the spot.

We left Paris on February th 14th.By Tunis Air.
Arrived at the airport of Tunis – Carthage, the taxi driver asks us for 35 dinar. The double price of that indicated by the hotel. I say it to him. Man agrees to lower the price.
He gives us half-heartedly some tourist information: the place of 14-January 2011 in front of the Home Office, where took place the demonstrations of the revolution, the avenue Habib-Bourguiba, the mosque… “How you already say the mosque? – the church. – here is … the church to the right.”


“By making her memory research the living material of her work, continued over a long period of time, Clyde Chabot questions us about our own roots and the legitimacy of the “values” instilled by our education. The stuffed dates (delicious…) and tea offered are part of this sensitive, generous, demanding and uncompromising sharing.
What is shaken up here is not only the codified space of the theatre but also the mental “representations” linked to both individual and collective memory.”

Yves Kafka, INFERNO, 3 June 2015 – “TUNISIA at MuCEM in Marseille: Fragments of a migrating memory”


Listen to Clyde Chabot interview for Le week-end est à vous on France Bleu, February 2019: