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ÔQUEENS (a body lab)
conception, stage design and direction Michel Schweizer  / 2008




Light design - Jean-Pascal Pracht
Sound design - Nicolas Barillot
Électroacoustic - Johann Loiseau
Stage manager - Marc-Emmanuel Mouton
Light manager - Julien Compagnon
Master dogs - Jean Gallego
Set construction - Jean-Luc Petit
Vidéo - Cécile Pécondon-Lacroix
Choregraphy documentation - Patrica Chen









Production : la coma
Partners : Espace Malraux, scène nationale de Chambéry / Le Cuvier, CDC d’Aquitaine / Le Merlan, scène nationale de Marseille / OARA, Office Artistique de la Région Aquitaine / Le Manège, scène nationale de Reims / Le Quartz, scène nationale de Brest / La Ferme du Buisson, scène nationale de Marne-La-Vallée - Temps d’images 2008 / NXTSTP - TnBA, Théâtre national de Bordeaux Aquitaine / NXTSTP - Rotterdamse schouwburg - Nederland / Théâtre Municipal de Cahors
A promising cast! We find ourselves faced with 3 interpreters whose professional activity and social status are determined by a regular practice of performance which exhibits the results of daily exercise, the goal of which is to literally transform the body in order to command public attention. The body builder disposes of the need for representation as she is the physical manifestation of a real presence; that is, that of the body of a woman with the attributes of a fantasized body become real through muscular activity, an entirely self-fabricated body. The body builder undertakes a veritable mutation through constant effort. This brings to mind the ballerina who, in order to comply with the codes and limits imposed by this particular choice of profession, undergoes a training process which eliminates her sexuality through daily practice of a movement vocabulary which, ironically, incessantly promotes exhibitionism. The ballet dancer then practices an art which takes the female body and turns it into that of an unnatural, asexual, and infantilized being. For her part, the striptease artist engages in an dialogue with the viewer which is entirely based on the processes of drive and desire, luring the spectator into a scenario which stages lust and aims at immediate satisfaction. Here we have neither narration nor representation, but rather a relationship between watcher and watched which is unthinking and direct. A professional striptease artist learns her trade fully conscious of that (or he) which she manipulates and provokes through her libidinous image, in an instinctive search for pleasure and a drive to please. The general idea consists of transforming and sublimating our drives, thus economizing our libido and acting - as perfect neurotics, granted - but dare we say responsibly, since behind consenting to this loss is first and foremost the will and capacity to “live together.” Today, we struggle against “a capitalism that aims to calculate desire and singularity by transforming singularity into particularity and making the individual into a being ruled solely by drives such as Orwell’s pig, Jarry’s slug or Hobbes’ wolf.” (Bernard Stiegler / see in bibliography)



With
Caroline Gaume
Friedrich Lauterbach ou Michel Schweizer
Gilles-Anthonie Thuillier,
Sarah Moon Howe
Satchie Noro
and
Baldiane, le cavalier king charles
Cisk le bouledogue anglais
Dodie, le bouledogue français