"In Hors-Champ, designed in collaboration with the film-maker Patric Jean, ever-closer links are forged between the live show, choreography in particular and the filmed image." Michèle Noiret
How many times do we find ourselves commenting on a moment of everyday life, of television pictures or internet images and saying, “I must be seeing things!” the world around us, near or far, seems sometimes like a hallucination. Often, the speed and globalisation of communication and information removes the distance we need to decipher what we hear or what we see: a rumour becomes reality in a few seconds and gives birth to a “reality-fiction”. Are we more and more actors/spectators in a great theatre, where reality and fiction intermingle all the time, without our being able to distinguish between them?
The point of departure is: “hallucinating reality?” and is explored in its sensory, political and poetic dimensions, with many levels of meaning. The real hallucinations of the world but also those more subtle ones which disturb the spectator’s perceptions, and transport him into a world where the constraints of theatrical performance temporarily cease to exist. In Hors-Champ, designed in collaboration with the film-maker Patric Jean, ever-closer links are forged between the live show, choreography in particular and the filmed image.
The spectator is plunged into a multidimensional world where the diversity of points of view is fascinating. This “dance-cinema” which I have been exploring for some years, and which I am happy to re-invent once more today, is a powerful tool for revealing the infinite complexity of beings, and their relationship with the world. To enter into this “reality-fiction”, dance, body language and the ambiguous presence of seven individuals lead us on a labyrinthine journey which can also be seen as the metaphor for a mind landscape: a film being created before our eyes.
Michèle Noiret is an associate artist at the Théâtre National/ Brussels and a member of the Académie Royale de Belgique.