Castor et Pollux


Six bodies gathered together through slings and pulleys to re-enact the tragic myth of Castor and Pollux.

The two twin brothers, born from different fathers (Pollux is the son of immortal Zeus, while Castor is the son of mortal Tyndareus, king of Sparta), embody both the unfailing strength of brotherly friendship which ties them together, and the tragic inequality of birth which separates them. Despite their spirited heroism, Castor is killed by a rival, leaving Pollux, the immortal, distraught. Zeus offers them an alternated existence between Olympus and Hades, which puts an end to the imbalance of their conditions, but separates them forever. Subsequent legends turn them into the Gemini constellation. Torn between power and extreme vulnerability, the two hanging bodies experience the limits of their situation, from inertia to maximum strength, from heroism to submissiveness, whereas the four manipulators, involved in a complex choreography, play in turn the part of fate, conniving god, doom or bearer of funeral shadows.

 

Piece for viewers lying down

Designed by Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud
With Cecilia Bengolea, François Chaignaud, Yann Kermarrec, Jean-Michel Olivares, Jean-Marc Segalen, Marc Bizet
Lighting : Éric Wurtz
Sound : Jean-Michel Olivares
Costumes and harness : Marino Marchand, Babeth Martin, Jean Malo
Dramaturgy collaboration : Joris Lacoste
Suspension : Marc Bizet
Stand-in : Rosalie Tsai
Thanks to the entire team at Quartz

Produced by Vlovajob Pru
Coproduced by: Le Quartz – Scène nationale de Brest, Festival Montpellier Danse, Le Merlan – Scène nationale à Marseille, La Ménagerie de Verre – Paris, Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, Jardin d’Europe – Imagetanz/brut Wien, Théâtre de Vanves

The project was in residence at CentQuatre (Paris) and Djerassi Artists Residency Program (San Francisco) and was supported by the French Consulate in San Francisco.

Vlovajob Pru is funded by DRAC Poitou-Charentes and is supported by the Institut Français for its projects abroad
François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea are la Ménagerie de Verre (Paris) associate artists