Vociferous escapees from the Renaissance, seven characters act out fantasies that suggest representations of ‘the self’. They are in a space squared in with cameras that enlarge their gestures to the point of obscenity.
They make an entrance onto today’s stage, out of place, adorned in the accoutrements of yesterday. Contemporaries of Siminetta Vespucci, they take up her poses, hoping to give themselves substance. But the gestures are stiff, the memory is faulty and their world is menaced by the unknown: « Where are we and what will remain if us? Who can see us from over there? » ask these men and women, fully exposed to our gaze.
As if needing a reference point, they perch, frozen, on tiny islands that emerge from the empty stage. They replay the scenes that their bodies have kept as souvenirs, that their memories have fantasized: seduction, combat, sermons, executions, parades, chants…with which other codes, other fantasies…our own…mix.
History’s debris, fragments of myths, snippets of words, all clashing together with the outlandish styles and other epochs to form a strange madness on the square of the stage. The cameras capture their expressions, their manoeuvres and the absurd and comical manner with which these characters hold on tight to themselves and each other.
Thus, through duel detail, with changing angles and multiple perspectives, the reality of what we see becomes dizzying…A way of losing ourselves in the shattering of meaning that then renders them naked, we identify with the humour and energy they demonstrate, despite all, in simply existing.
Concept and direction Patrick Bonté
Choreography Nicole Mossoux, Patrick Bonté
Performers Lilian Bruinsma, Jean Fürst, Sébastien Jacobs, Isabelle Lamouline, Séverine Matteuzzi, Enzo Pezzella, Annette Sachs
Music Christian Genet
Direction vocale Annette Sachs
Set Jean-Claude De Bemels
Construction Brunno Renson, Roland Vanneberg
Costumes Colette Huchard, assistée de Patricia Eggerickx
Costumes fabrication Leïla Drabla, Muazzez Aydemir
Make-up Jean-Pierre Finotto
Sound mix Patrick Bonté, Patrick Van Loo
Light Patrick Bonté
Technical direction Frédéric Vannes
Sound Didier Demorcy
Video Nicolas Dubois
Production: Cie Mossoux-Bonté in coproduction with Charleroi/Danses – Centre chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (Belgium), La Rose des Vents – Scène Nationale, Villeneuve d’Ascq (France) and Les Brigittines, Centre d'Art contemporain du Mouvement de la Ville de Bruxelles (Belgium), with the support of Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles, Dance department and Wallonie-Bruxelles International.
With the support of Centre d’Art et d’Essai de Mont-Saint-Aignan (France)