The play On the Sensation of Resilience when Treading on Dead Bodies was written by Matei Vișniec at the beginning of 2009, in France, at the request of the actor and director Mustapha Aouar, who led the company Gare Au Théâtre from Ivry-sur-Seine, on the occasion of one hundred years from the birth of Eugène Ionesco. The playwright has here the opportunity to bring an homage to his great predecessor, presenting in front of the public the famous absent character of the literature of the Absurd, the Bald Soprano.
The hero of the play, poet Sergiu Penegaru, tries to preserve his literary values. He writes and translates during full Communist dictatorship, and enjoys the casual chance to talk to Ionesco's heroine. They are discussing - in liberty, but especially in the prison where the hero gets to be jailed - literature or the charm of the Little Paris, resembling a couple on its first date. In later dates, her gestures become more intimate and she is finally unable to hold her tears on seeing how often she is mentioned, she, the "character who does not even exist". The writer got the idea of this character from a recollection of the essay writer and literary historian Nicolae Balotă. He recalled that during the 50s, when he was imprisoned in Jilava along Constantin Noica, he laughed heartily when their cell-mate Nicolae Steinhardt told them Ionescu's absurd play. But not just the Bald Soprano haunts the Poet's cell, but other famous figures as well: Eugen Ionescu himself, the Count of Lautreamont, André Breton, Albert Camus. Two rhinoceros also appear, at the exact moment when "the clock rings five", the hour when the famous English tea is served.