“I am dreaming of this piece as a remedy. A remedy from the rituals of Western theatre, its frontality, its strict temporality, its relationship to power. Therefore, we will be performing within a closed space, without wings or sets. Close to one another. Limited in number. All on the same level, no risers, no fourth wall. Within these conditions, one can choose one’s own viewing hour, as the show will take place several times per day – like a movie theatre schedule or street theatre performance loop. We will take advantage of this intimacy, of this proximity, of this enclosure to enjoy a spectrum of delicacies and outrageous acts. This would feel a little like the style of theyyam dances in Malabar, where the dancers, in wondrous, monumental costumes transform into gods and are also brought closer to the men and women gathered to watch and solicit them.
Driven by the bewitching rhythms of Ukrainian, Philippine, or Sephardic music, I imagine this multi-lingual recital captured within a costume-sculpture by Romain Brau as a sinuous mix of dance, of song… and of liquors.”
Conception – performance: François Chaignaud
Costume design: Romain Brau
Lighting design: Philippe Gladieux
Technical director: Anthony Merlaud / François Boulet
Music advisor: Jérôme Marin
Vocal adaptation & coach: Antoine Bernollin
Sound mix: Jean-Michel Olivares
Administration — production: Cécile Vermorel
Tour planning: Sarah de Ganck / Art Happens
Festival Montpellier Danse 2013, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Centre de Développement Chorégraphique Toulouse / Midi-Pyrénées, Gessnerallee – Zürich, deSingel Internationale Kunstcampus – Anvers, Ménagerie de verre (Studiolab) Paris
SPECIAL THANKS TO
Viktor Ruban, Cecilia Bengolea, Christelle Hano, Philippe Laboual, Philippe Blanc, Pascal Quéneau.