After suffering thermal shock from temperatures of minus 30 degrees during a winter tour of Canada, the dancer and choreographer Michèle Anne De Mey suddenly fell into a coma, in Toronto airport, from which she did not immediately recover.

This “near-death experience”, as it is scientifically named, gave rise to a potent vision of light and warmth in her subconscious, producing an overwhelming feeling of love for her nearest and dearest. On the other side of the mirror—of life, of death?—Lewis Carroll is not that far away, nor are the existential and metaphysical questions asked by Alice in a land full of surprise and wonder. A mirror without silvering the same size as the set, possibly a veranda, forms the screen
which spawns dreamlike, fanciful scenes, via images of landscapes or the elements filmed by Julien Lambert and Giacinto Caponio, enhanced by music which conjures up the shores of darkness, in the same way as the queen’s “Lament” in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas .

It also suggests the insubstantial boundary that exists between the agony of dying and death itself, in a no-man’s-land chaotically inhabited by absurd and meaningless elements.

After the collaborative, hugely successful invention of a digital “nano-dance” with Kiss and Cry and Cold Blood , Jaco Van Dormael and Michèle Anne De Mey are defending their reputation with this experimental new style of writing for the stage.

AMOR du 03 > 15.10.2017 au Théâtre National Wallonie - Bruxelles Une création de Michèle Anne De Mey & Jaco Van Dormael / Astragales ASBL / Studio TN Production : Astragales asbl / Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles En coproduction avec : Le Théâtre de Namur, Mars Mons arts de la scène, Canadian Stage (Toronto), La Coop asbl & Shelter Prod, avec le soutien taxshelter.be & ING & tax shelter du gouvernement fédéral de Belgique. En partenariat avec : Charleroi Danses Centre chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, le KVS Avec le soutien de : La Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles et du tax-shelter du gouvernement fédéral belge

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Calendar

  • Tuesday
    20:15
  • Wednesday
    19:30
  • Thursday
    20:15
  • Friday
    20:15
  • Saturday
    20:15
  • Tuesday
    20:15
  • Wednesday
    19:30
  • Thursday
    20:15
  • Friday
    20:15
  • Saturday
    20:15
  • Sunday
    15:00

Cast

  • A show of
    Michèle Anne De Mey & Jaco Van Dormael

    Performance, solo
    Michèle Anne De Mey

    Direction

    Jaco Van Dormael

    Choreography

    Michèle Anne De Mey

    Assistant, dance rehearsal, levitation

    Fatou Traoré

    Scenography
    Sylvie Olivé

    Assisted by

    Aurélie Borremans

    Stage Design Intern
    Kenia Raphaël

    Light design

    Nicolas Olivier

    Video design

    Giacinto Caponio

    Sound design
    Boris Cekevda

    Costume Design
    Nicole Moris

    Technical Director, levitation partner & conception of objects in motion
    Ralf Nonn

    Light operator
    Aurore Leduc

    Video operator
    Gwenael Laroche

    Sound operator
    Benjamin Dandoy

    Stage Hand
    Isabel Scheck

    Video footage
    Julien Lambert

    Camera assistant
    Adrien Legrand & Juliette Van Dormael

    Appearing on stage
    Luc De Mey & Jacqui Beckford

  • Technical Direction Astragales
    Thomas Dobruszkès

    Costume Design
    Nicole Moris, Nathalie Willems et Pauline Aschoff (stagiaire)

    Set design
    Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

    Réalisation patines
    Valérie Perin

    Conception of « new magic » levitation
    Cie 14:20

    With the participation of
    Bernard Painchault, Marco Bataille-Testu et Robin Milly

    Production manager
    Astragales asbl / Hélène Dubois

    Production assistant
    Manon Faure

    Public Relation Assistant
    Caroline Dujardin

    Production
    Astragales asbl / création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

    In coproduction with
    Le Théâtre de Namur, Mars Mons arts de la scène, Canadian Stage (Toronto), La Coop asbl
    La Coop asbl & Shelter Prod, with the support of taxshelter.be & ING & tax shelter du gouvernement fédéral de Belgique.

    In partnership with
    Charleroi Danses Centre chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, le KVS

    With the support of
    Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles and tax-shelter du gouvernement fédéral belge

    Photo ©Hubert Amiel

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