Measure for Measure

Femme Capital


Based on the figure of Ayn Rand, a key figure of American ultraliberalism, Sylvain Cartigny, with the complicit eye of Mathieu Bauer, invents a musical fable in which the collective is an antidote to the philosophy of egoism.

Donald Trump, Alan Greenspan – a former central banker – and the “libertarians” worship her. More than thirty-five years after her death, the writer Ayn Rand is one of the most influential personalities in the United States. On this side of the Atlantic, little is known about this megalomaniac and egocentric figure, the author of novels and essays extolling the heroism of entrepreneurs and the virtues of “every man for himself”. For musician Sylvain Cartigny, the detestable Ayn Rand is a symbol of “capitalism as mysticism”. Femme Capital dissects the myth she herself created.



with Emma Liégeois & L’Orchestre de spectacle du Nouveau théâtre de Montreuil 

based on the essay Femme Capital by Stéphane Legrand 
conception, music Sylvain Cartigny 
directed by Mathieu Bauer
assistant director Anne Soisson
costumes Nathalie Saulnier 
lights William Lambert 
sound Alexis Pawlak
technical management Florent Fouquet

production Nouveau théâtre de Montreuil – CDN
thanks to the Nova Editions, MC93 - Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis