Friday, 28 July 2017

La maladie de la dramaturgie: Christelle Derré @ Edfringe 2017

by Collectif Or Normes
4 – 28 August (not 7, 14, 15 & 22), 18: 30 
Institut français d’Écosse – Venue 134

French theatre company Collectif Or Normes brings multimedia production of Marguerite Duras work to the Fringe, between electro-theatrical performance and choreography.

Performers Alexandra Naudet, Bertrand Farge
Director Christelle Derré
Choregraphy Odile Azagury
Music David Couturier
Video / lights Martin Rossi

Company Collectif Or Normes
Category Theatre
Age: over 16
Date August 4- 28 August 2017 
(not 7, 14, 15 & 22) – 18:30  
Running time: 60 minutes
Tickets £10 (£8) 
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What was the inspiration for this performance?

As a student, I discovered this text by Marguerite Duras, of which I was terribly touched. I kept it close to me, re-reading it often, I dreamed of this project and this team that I then assembled.

This text is universal, this quest for the other, this obsession with wanting to see the other from within, from without.

The sickness of death, for me, is the inability to love.

I wanted to share this text, which dares to talk about our intimacy, our sexuality and that questions us deep inside our being.

Is performance still a good space for the public discussion of ideas?
This show is not a show about social or political ideas.

It is a spectacle of the intimate.

And it is also important to share, because we individually have a balance to find with ourselves, with each other and with our sexuality in order to "be". And it is in this that this text is universal and touches us intimately.

I think the theater, and this indoor communion with the public remains a sacred space.

Is there any particular approach to the making of the show?

This show is a necessity of the times of
research, creation and gestation.

It links the different writings: choreography, music, voice, image, computer programming, staging, light.

It creates a new dramaturgical writing: a transdisciplinary writing, a writing of the decompartmentalization.

After having had time to create the control interfaces, times of reading the text around a table, musical research and choreography, we put ourselves in repetition all together.
The work of staging has been composed with these different writings to serve the text.

4)Does the show fit with your usual productions?

This show perfectly symbolizes the artistic work of the Collectif Or Normes, a pluralistic writing on stage.

The staged texts are however totally different each time, however an aesthetic is affirmed.

What do you hope that the audience will experience?

I use the different artistic forms to open the senses of the spectator, I hope to make him live a sensory experience.

I like at the end of the performance the silence shared with the spectators, it is deep and full of emotions, then the very generous applause that follows.

Then I hope that they will leave with images full of head, and words that resonate.

What strategies did you consider towards shaping this audience experience?

We will be presenting the show alternately in French and English to allow the English-speaking audience to share this show with us.

Poitiers-based Collectif Or Normes are presenting the UK premiere of La Maladie de la mort (The Malady of Death) in Edinburgh from the 4th to the 28th of August. 
La Maladie de la mort has been adapted to the stage from a novella by French literary icon Marguerite Duras (The Lover, The Sea Wall) written while she was struggling with alcoholism. The previous has previously been a smashing hit when adapted by famous producer Bob Wilson in 1997 and in another version starring Fanny Ardant in 2006. 

Director Christelle Derré created the 2017 Fringe production in line with the spirit of the novella. It concentrates all the themes which matter to the French author: the loss of desire, the incapacity to love, the inaccessible woman who is successively enhanced and pulled down, loved then hatred. 

It narrates the story of a man’s desperate quest to find love by paying a woman to provide the travesty of a relationship. Every single night, the same ceremonial takes place: the woman comes in the room, lays down on the bed and falls asleep. 

The man touches her, looks at her, sleeps against her body and sometimes cries in her arms. But he never truly sees her or understands her the way he is trying to.

Duras’ text is read by French comedian Bertrand Farge over a choreographic performance by Alexandra Naudet, a collaborator of the prestigious dance company DCA Philippe Decouflé. 

Derré has collaborated with choreographer Odile Azagury to create a piece of physical theatre relying heavily on the female body mxed with a heavy use of digital technologies (imagined by multimedia programmer Martin Rossi) and electronic music (composed by sound designer David Couturier).

The result oscillates between the intimacy of female nudity and the cold emotional distance of the masculine gaze. 

This show contains nudity and is for audiences strictly over 16. It will be performed at the Institut français d’Écosse (venue 134 – Randolph Crescent) during Vive le Fringe! both in the original French version and in a brand new English translation (see for details).

Founded in 1946, the Institut français d’Ecosse is the Scottish outpost of the French Embassy in the United Kingdom. It is part of the worldwide ‘Institut français’ network designed to support and promote French and local culture by encouraging cross-cultural exchange and presenting the best of French culture. The Institut français d’Écosse’s activities include French courses, talks, live music and theatre performances, film screenings, library collections, kids activities and festivals.

Collectif Or Normes
Based in Poitiers, since 2010. Collectif Or Normes was born from the meeting of a transmedia artist and a programmer who chose to collaborate, using their skills to nurture a unique approach to technological and artistic creation. 

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