In theory a new piece for the 20/21 season, La Bombe humaine has surfed on health constraints without ever losing its step. Although deprived like every production this year of a live audience, this work created meaning by setting up a very well-attended digital meeting with Adélaïde Charlier, François Gemenne and David Van Reybrouck, then a radio soap opera as part of the VOIX.E.S catalogue. As if, for once, the plow moved forward alone, waiting for the oxen… As if merely the shadow of a pertinent performance could mobilise minds and reflection.
Melting ice, acidification of the oceans, disappearance of animal and plant species… One word alone sums up the impact of man on the terrestrial ecosystem: anthropocene. The era of human activities which, under the yoke of capitalism, sacks the wealth of our planet.
With La Bombe humaine, Eline Schumacher and Vincent Hennebicq put climate change at the heart of the debate. They grapple with the subject in all its complexity, including the inconsistencies. Meeting with numerous scientists, anthropologists, psychologists, politicians and personalities pursuing alternative life projects, the two creators punctuate the subject with convulsions inspired by their own lives. To be a father, to be a woman, to project yourself into such a world… An incongruous dive into intimacy in the face of faltering humanity. A salutary breeze, that humorously avoids moralising or any Manichean pitfall. Finally, the original music by Marine Horbaczewski and Olivia Carrère marries subtly with the work, a true keystone of sound.