What do Dalida, the pop icon, and Léa Veinstein, a young philosopher have in common? Not much, in absolute terms. When the star committed suicide on May 3, 1987, Lea was 6 months old. Yet she let herself be touched, brutally, by the songs and by the woman, to the point of obsession. Until listening to “Bambino” in secret with his son. Until researching the meaning of this kind of transgenerational communion and transclassing between Dalida and her fans over time. With humor, with tenderness, she tells how the singer literally stuck to her body, for a year.
The meeting is first of all a transvestite who sings, in a club, and Léa and her sister who find themselves in tears. It is a friend who shows him around her newly renovated apartment on Boulevard Barbès, with Dalida in the background, and tries to kill herself a few days later.
So Léa tries to understand, with fans. She meets a psychoanalyst, Joseph Agostini, who talks about the singer’s relationship to the death, this “unfathomable sadness behind the joy, behind the ritornello, behind the singing accent”. She meets a Moroccan writer, Abdellah Taïa, who speaks of the singer’s “Arab melancholy”, which she has never lost and who speaks, according to him, to all the exiles. She meets people from her fan club, then Oscar, Eva and other artists from Chez Michou, who show her jewelry-dresses and talk about the artist’s androgyny: she had a square jaw, and overplayed the femininity, which suddenly only emphasized this physical peculiarity.
She finally meets the philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, in front of the widow of the painter Simon Hantaï … and is a little ashamed to admit that she comes for Dalida, and not for Derrida. A moving and fun podcast, at the same time as a very rigorous analysis.