An unconventional microcosm the size of a theatre stage, inhabited by four flabbergasted primates who brilliantly demonstrate the mechanics of theatre. Absolutely hilarious.
Four flabbergasted Australopithecus bipedal primates – crafty devils to a “man”! – make a series of major discoveries in record time. They establish a highly fallible method of classification that consists of separating things that make a pokpok sound from those that do not make a pokpok sound. Nonchalantly, in an unconventional microcosm no bigger than a theatre stage, they brilliantly demonstrate the fabrication of theatre, offering a wild, exhilarating philosophical epic from start to finish. How, in little more than an hour, do they move from the big bang to the end of time without delving into all the in-between? Absolutely hilarious.
The quirky humour of &&&&& & &&& enchanted festivalgoers in 2012. Once again, Antoine Defoort and Halory Goerger pose as slightly bewildered methodical deities, using everything they have to demonstrate the logic of a completely screwball undertaking. Juxtaposing a series of preposterous ideas, they reimagine the universe and the construction of man with logic that is both disconcerting and screamingly funny.
PRODUCED BY L’AMICALE DE PRODUCTION
CREATED AND DIRECTED BY ANTOINE DEFOORT + HALORY GOERGER
PERFORMED BY ARNAUD BOULOGNE + BEATRIZ SETIEN + ANTOINE DEFOORT + HALORY GOERGER AND THE VOICE OF MATHILDE MAILLARD
DIRECTION TECHNIQUE ET RÉGIE PLATEAU / TECHNICAL DIRECTOR AND STAGE MANAGER MAËL TEILLANT
LIGHTING DESIGN SÉBASTIEN BAUSSERON
SOUND DESIGN ROBIN MIGNOT
PRODUCTION MANAGER AND OUTSIDE EYE JULIEN FOURNET
SET CONSTRUCTORS CHRISTIAN ALLAMANO + SAMUEL CHÉNIER + EMELINE DELVOYE + GWENAEL PAYEN + DAVID PIZI + COLIN PLANCHER + CÉDRIC RAVIER + MAËL TEILLANT
COPRODUCTION FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES + BIENNALE DE LA DANSE DE LYON + THÉÂTRE DE LA MANUFACTURE – CENTRE DRAMATIQUE NATIONAL NANCY LORRAINE + KUNSTENFESTIVALDESARTS (BRUSSELS) + LE PHÉNIX – SCÈNE NATIONALE DE VALENCIENNES + BUDA KUNSTENCENTRUM (COURTRAI) + KUNSTENCENTRUM VOORUIT (GHENT) + LE VIVAT – SCÈNE CONVENTIONNÉE D’ARMENTIÈRES + MANÈGE.MONS/CECN/TECHNOCITÉ + ALKANTARA FESTIVAL (LISBON) + THÉÂTRE NATIONAL DE BORDEAUX EN AQUITAINE + FESTIVAL BALTOSCANDAL (RAKVERE) + NOORDERZON PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL GRONINGEN + ROTTERDAMSE SCHOUWBURG
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH CARREFOUR INTERNATIONAL DE THÉÂTRE (QUEBEC) AND WITH THE SUPPORT OF CONSEIL RÉGIONAL NORD-PAS-DE-CALAIS + MINISTÈRE DE LA CULTURE ET DE LA COMMUNICATION – DRAC NORD-PAS-DE-CALAIS
PROJECT SUPPORTED THROUGH THE PROGRAM OPÉRATION FRIMAS LAUNCHED BY INSTITUT FRANÇAIS AND CONSULAT GÉNÉRAL DE FRANCE À QUÉBEC IN 2014
WRITTEN BY DIANE JEAN
TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
WORLD PREMIÈRE AT FESTIVAL D’AVIGNON, JULY 16, 2013
ANTOINE DEFOORT + HALORY GOERGER | L'AMICALE DE PRODUCTION (BRUXELLES +LILLE)
Antoine Defoort and Halory Goerger are, in no particular order, musicians, actors, philosophers, pranksters, artists and inventors. Their co-op, L'amicale de production, presents projects developed by various artists, a system that offers each creative team complete independence. Their crazy, ingenious shows turn the codes of representation upside down. Merrily mixing together different artistic genres, each contributes different elements, whether that be sound poetry, a Kraftwerk song sung by a choir or interactive installations. Each one also presents solo works; Indigence = élégance for Antoine Defoort (presented in Montreal and Quebec City in 2010), Métrage variable for Halory Goerger. The two men blithely jump from one subject to another as the spectators create their own connections, astounded and stimulated by one madcap revelation after another.
In 2012, &&&&& & &&& (subtitled “a cable and sword show”) amazed FTA audiences. Since then they have performed France distraction, an installation with the ambience of a country fair, and Bonjour concert, short comical art videos shown in cultural centres. Since its inception in 2013, Germinal has been an enormous success. At the most recent Avignon Festival, Goerger and Defoort, together with their colleague Julien Fournet, presented in addition to Germinal, Le jeu de l’oie du spectacle vivant, a tableau that parodied contemporary theatre.