Conférence de choses
A man, a room, cheerful verbosity. In this malleable, multifaceted lecture, Pierre Mifsud orchestrates a Wikipedia-style ramble through the fields of knowledge. A dizzying collage of ideas.
A man, a table, cheerful verbosity. A Wikipedia-style ramble through the fields of knowledge. Both professor and storyteller, the virtuoso actor Pierre Mifsud flits from one idea to the next, hopping from one link to another as he leads an amazed audience through the twists and turns of his mind. A delightful plunge into insatiable human curiosity.
From Descartes to Annie Hall by way of the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games, no subject is overlooked in this Conférence de choses, a hodgepodge of quirky references strangely interconnected by the peculiar laws of the hyperlink. Whether presented in six lectures of 53 minutes and 33 seconds (each given in Montreal venues of higher learning) or in the marathon six-hour version, these are invigorating and idiosyncratic thought experiments that unabashedly combine scholarly learning with pop culture. An ode to the democratization of knowledge. Reason enough to set heads spinning.
Produced by 2b company
Performed by Pierre Mifsud
Concept François Gremaud
Written by François Gremaud + Pierre Mifsud
Production and distribution Michaël Monney
Co-produced Arsenic (Lausanne) + Centre Culturel Suisse (Paris)
With the contribution of far° Festival des arts vivants (Nyon)
With the support of Pro Helvetia – Fondation suisse pour la culture (Zurich) + CORODIS (Lausanne) + Loterie Romande (Lausanne) + Fondation Leenaards (Lausanne) + Fondation suisse des artistes interprètes (Zurich) + Fonds culturel de la Société Suisse des Auteurs (Lausanne) + Ville de Lausanne
Written by Philippe Couture
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Premiered at far° festival des arts vivants, Nyon, from August 8 to 13, 2013
François Gremaud + Pierre Mifsud (Lausanne)
Hilarious. Quirky. Refreshing. Brilliant. All words used to describe most shows by François Gremaud, a Swiss actor and director who uses curiosity, amazement and sheer delight as the building blocks of his theatre.
Casting an astonished and often skewed gaze at the world, he invites the spectator to venture beyond habits of thinking in order to be moved by the idiosyncrasies and quirks of ordinary things. In his own work or in pieces by the collective GREMAUD/GURTNER/BOVAY, whether his interest is the virtues of choral singing, the dexterity of a potter or the magic of screens, he cultivates what he calls « idiocy », a perpetual amazement and boundless capacity to be open to awareness and appreciation.
After studies at the École cantonale d’Arts de Lausanne, François Gremaud went to Brussels to train as a director at the Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle. He founded 2b company in 2005, where he cultivates a mélange of genres, opting for minimalist staging and an approach that combines playfulness and erudition. His first piece My Way, as well as the outstanding shows Simone, two, three, four and KKQQ, made a big impact on the Swiss and European scenes. With Conférence de choses, which has toured many cities in various formats, the company will be performing in Montreal for the first time.