Camille (Kamila Klamut)
By Megan Wallace | Published on Friday 26 August 2016
Kamila Klamut delivers a searing performance as Camille Claudel, best known as Rodin’s muse despite being a talented artist in her own right. Drawing on Claudel’s letters, the performance combines live music and sculptured costumes, as well as more traditional theatrical techniques, to deliver an intimate portrayal of the artist’s life. Exploring historical patriarchal structures, gendered notions of insanity and the systematic exclusion of women from the art historical canon, the thematic content is rich and interesting. It can seem as though the Fringe programme is inundated with productions broadly classed as ‘feminist’ but, rather than feeling stale, ‘Camille’ approaches these issues from an original slant and, in doing so, provokes overwhelming empathy in response to the protagonist’s plight.
Summerhall, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Megan Wallace]