Camille Claudel’s struggle to assert herself as a visionary sculptor in her own right, rather than a mere echo of Auguste Rodin, was overshadowed not only by her relationship with the artist, but also by the period’s prevailing attitude towards women in the arts. Le Cornec’s monologue gives a voice and a vital wildness to Camille, developing her as a character in a performance that captures both her budding individuality as a sculptor and the overwhelming fear and madness that would consume her in later years. ‘Camille Claudel’ is an in-depth study of Claudel’s life that portrays her with teasing charm, incorporating works such as ‘La Valse’ and ‘La Vague’ into a compelling exposé of her artistic development.
Pleasance Courtyard, 1-27 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 1.30pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Colette M Talbot]