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Two iconoclastic inventors invite the audience to think about our fantasies of modernity as they turn portrayal and presentation upside down, transporting us into a quirky, futuristic and interactive cabaret.
Can robots be unhappy? What is a botanical concert? What will the microcomputers of 2095 look like? How does one create a cyber version of Tristan and Isolde? Do the multiple ampersands of the title indicate the decline of language and the triumph of computer jargon?
Tremendously intelligent and ingenious tinkerers, the French duo of Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort present an unclassifiable experience that lies somewhere between installation art and theatre, science and fiction, serious thought and mischievous pranks. There is nothing cut-and-dried about this “cable and sword show”, no beginning or end. The chronology is left up to the spectator. Behind the seemingly flippant façade, however, these sly explorers of time and space propose real questioning about the future of humanity as we know it. In a casual, offhand manner, these two iconoclastic inventors invite the audience to think about our fantasies of modernity as they turn portrayal and presentation upside down, transporting us into a quirky, futuristic and interactive cabaret.
PRODUCED BY L’AMICALE DE PRODUCTION
CREATED AND PERFORMED BYANTOINE DEFOORT + HALORY GOERGER
PIANO IN LES GENIES DU FROIDINSTALLATION BELINDA ANNALORO
STAGE MANAGER THOMAS LEBLANC
SOUND MANAGER ROBIN MIGNOT
TECHNICAL SUPPORT FRANÇOIS BREUX + JEAN-MARC DELANNOY + ALICE DUSSART + NICOLAS GUICHARD / CECN
SET DESIGN ASSISTANT AND PHOTO JULIEN FOURNET
COPRODUCTION LE VIVAT (ARMENTIÈRES) + L’L (BRUSSELLS) + MAISON FOLIE DE MANÈGE.MONS + MAISON FOLIE WAZEMMES + CECN DE MANÈGE.MONS + TNT – MANUFACTURE DE CHAUSSURES (BORDEAUX)
WITH THE SUPPORT OF CONSEIL RÉGIONAL NORD-PAS-DE-CALAIS + MINISTÈRE DE LA CULTURE ET DE LA COMMUNICATION – DRAC NORD-PAS-DE-CALAIS + VILLE DE LILLE + LA MALTERIE (LILLE)
PRESENTED WITH THE SUPPORT OF SERVICE DE COOPÉRATION ET D’ACTION CULTURELLE DUCONSULAT GÉNÉRAL DE FRANCE À QUÉBEC
WRITTEN BY DIANE JEAN
TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
PREMIERED AT FESTIVAL NOORDERZON, GRONINGEN, AUGUST 2009
ANTOINE DEFOORT + HALORY GOERGER (LILLE + BRUXELLES)
L'AMICALE DE PRODUCTION
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 produced by various members of the group, a system that offers each creative team complete independence.
Their wacky, ingenious and entertaining shows make sport of the usual codes of performance and portrayal. Merrily mixing genres together, each contributes different artistic elements, whether it be videos of fake dance commercials, sound poems, interactive installations or a Kraftwerk hit song sung by a choir. Each one has also mounted a solo piece, Indigence = élégance for Antoine Defoort (presented in Montreal and Quebec City in 2010), and Métrage variable for Halory Goerger. As the show jumps from one subject to another, the spectators create their own connections from a rush of stimulating, incredible experiences. The curious can view Season 1 of Bonjour Concert, an “advertising campaign commissioned by who knows what institution,” on http://vimeo.com/12710864.
&&&&& & &&&, subtitled “a cable and sword show”, was initially presented in France before going on to tour Belgium, Switzerland, Portugal and Austria. A “frontal” version, entitled simply &, is also available.