Piece for 5 interprets
Following on from SIMPLE, I wanted here to again draw inspiration from the “happy” figure of the idiot – completely singular existence par excellence – to which I juxtaposed the Dada spirit, due to its sense of the absurd and derision, its relationship with randomness and simultaneity more than logic, its desire also to question ideological, aesthetic and political praxis and conventions. So many aspects that appear to me to be important to defend.
For this creation, I am associated with the musician Michael Schmid. Together with him, we will invent a musical and sound score that will call upon the voice, the dancers' bodies and certainly a plethora of other musical instruments.
Against the grain of a society driven by reason and Cartesian thought, where we endeavour to attach a goal, a meaning, a beginning and an end to everything, I wanted to create an ode to illogicality and uselessness. A desire to free yourself from the need to find coherence, an explanation, in order to better give voice to the unpredictable and to simply welcome “what is” – without wanting to change it or render it meaningful. A way also to touch on “living” on stage, that which can elude us, that which we are unable to imagine.
(...) Joy is, by is very definition, illogical and irrational...(...) The common language says a lot more about this than we usually think when it speaks of "crazy joy" or delcares someone to be "mad with joy". Such expressions are not only images; they must also be understood literally. For they express the very truth: there is no joy but foolishness, - every joyful man is necessarily and in his own way a fool
An Ayelen Parolin project
Created and performed by Daniel Barkan, Piet Naomi Gibson, Defrancq, Daan Jaartsveld, Michael Schmid
Assistant choreographer Julie Bougard
Sound concept Michael Schmid
Light creation Laurence Halloy
Stage design and costumes Marie Szersnovicz
Dramatic composition Olivier Hespel
Preparation of the work Alessandro Bernardeschi
Production RUDA asbl
Co-productions (ongoing) Théâtre National Wallonie Brussels, Charleroi danse, SurMars Mons, le Théâtre de Liège, le Manège de Reims, Atelier de Paris / CDCN
With the support of the Brussels-Wallonia Federation, Wallonie-Bruxelles International.
In coproduction with La Coop asbl et Shelter Prod. With the support of taxshelter.be, ING and the Belgian federal government tax-shelter