Two years ago, Germinal classified the world into two categories: things that go “pock pock” and things that don’t go “pock pock.” With Les Thermes, Halory Goerger, Antoine Defoort and their five associates from France Distraction, literally plunge spectators into a pool of Stoic aphorisms. Is it about morality? Or discourse and method.
It’s all in the method. In this case, a pool !lled with 25,000 soft black plastic balls. And on each ball, a sentence taken from the Stoics: “The time approaches when you shall forget all things”, “Cease to be moved, like puppets, by appetites and passions”, “Adapt thy self to those things which are destined for you by providence” ... So dive in – or go paddling, it all depends – for a literal immersion in the “great pool of morality.” And, to make things even better, the pool can be used for other activities, such as a reading, a debate or even a conference. Les Thermes, by Defoort and Goerger is one episode of France Distraction, a series of living and collective installations to be experienced and performed without remorse. Les Thermes is conceived as a weird spa that is philosophically regressive but exceedingly good fun. Which is precisely the forté of these “overgrown ludopaths” who parade their innocence and irresistible taste for idiocy, between the stage and plastic arts, between Lille and Brussels. Already in 2007 they were piecing together a rough but well-documented game-stage: Le jeu de l'oie du spectacle vivant (Snakes and Ladders for Show Producers). Or how, with a roll of the dice, one scrambles from artistic residencies to subsidy-hunting. All the while with a jovial sense of failure. It is a “prep course for people who want to experience the vicissitudes and prevarications that mark the history of a creative work,” warn Antoine Defoort and Halory Goerger. A bit of wacky anthropology and a lot of hilarious lucidity. Things got more sophisticated in 2012 when the duo brought to Lyon a more head-on form of theatre with Germinal. And what a success! They go back to the roots of the question of language and, at the same time, the question of live performance. A self-generating show that tries to re-set everything to zero. No more, no less. It’s like a modern or even futuristic version of Flaubert’s Bouvard et Pécuchet that sets out to create the world from nothing and, in so doing, create theatre from a bare stage. That experience also ended with a big collective bath. It’s all a matter of method.
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Dates et horaires
- Wed 10 Sep13:00
- Sat 13 Sep13:00
- Wed 17 Sep13:00
- Sat 20 Sep14:30
- Sat 20 Sep16:00
- Sat 20 Sep17:30
- Wed 24 Sep13:00
- Sat 27 Sep13:00
- Durée : 4h environ
Les Thermes, living installation
A swimming pool filled with 25,000 black balls. On each ball, inscriptions borrowed from the Stoics. All you need to do is dive in, for a perfectly literal immersion in a “big bath of morality”. A philosophical yet highly entertaining experience.
Wed 10, 17 and 24 and Sat 13 and 27, 1-5pm
Free entry, unlimited experimentation (subject to space)
Sat 20 at 2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm
Experiment assisted by Julien Fournet and Alice Popieul.
Free entry, booking required at ticket office (see p. 39)
Thu 18 and Fri 19
Assisted experimentation, for schools only
Conception : Belinda Annaloro, Antoine Defoort, Julien Fournet, Halory Goerger, Sébastien Vial (France Distraction)
Régie : Emilie Godreuil — Administration : Sarah Calvez — Diffusion / Coordination : Mathilde Maillard — Chargé de production : Julien Fournet
Production L’Amicale de production - Coproduction Le Centquatre, Paris (France) ; Le Vivat, scène conventionnée danse théâtre, Armentières (France) ; Beursschouwburg (Bruxelles), Buda Kunstencentrum, Courtrai (Belgique) ; Réseau APAP ; Le Musée de la Danse / Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne, Rennes (France) ; TNB - Théâtre National de Bretagne, Rennes (France) ; L’Entorse (Lille) – Partenaire La Malterie (Lille) – Remerciements La Malterie, Andrés Costa, Amélie Boissel, Maryline
Grimmer Antoine Defoort, Halory Goerger, Julien Fournet et l’Amicale de production sont artistes associés au Centquatre (Paris), au Beursschouwburg (Bruxelles) et au Phénix (Valenciennes). Antoine Defoort et Halory Goerger sont membres du réseau APAP. Antoine Defoort est associé au Vivat d’Armentières,
scène conventionnée danse et théâtre L’Amicale de production bénéficie du soutien du Conseil régional Nord Pas de Calais, de la Ville de Lille et d’une convention avec le ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (DRAC Nord Pas de Calais) ainsi que du programme européen apap/Performing Europe (DGEAC- Programme Culture)
Photo © France Distraction