New work with
Staging and choreography
Marie-Claude Pietragalla and Julien Derouault
Running time 1:30
Meeting you was fate
Meeting you was fate is an intimate journey, an exploration of the loving connection between two beings: a work about the present, the lasting and the change of feelings created by their own volatility.Marie-Claude Pietragalla and Julien Derouault
The couple staged in its simplicity, showcases the connection between a man and a woman, the spark of their meeting, the overflowed thoughts… and time in motion that reshapes their destiny every moment.
This new show is a step further in the way the Théâtre du Corps works, 10 years after the very first choreography of the company: Remember.... In this show created by, and for Marie-Claude Pietragalla and Julien Derouault, the choreographers dealt with the memory that dissolves, leaving space for the memory of the soul. These shattering events force one through the various phases of life and define the future. By leaving this brief paradise, the greatest myths are all based on a personal story where moments of life, such as birth, love, and transmission of the collective memory blossom with a creative energy.
All those events nurture the transience of our life, and the human encounters consolidate and expand our maturity. 10 years later, the Théâtre du Corps is shifting towards a more theatrical expression.
Meeting you was fate talks about individuals, their loneliness, their encounters and how they become couples. This concept of the couple, needs to be put into perspective, as in the great doctrine of Plato “lasting love” in the Symposium. His work invites us to go beyond the concept of the possibility of a lasting love in a couple; and that only eternal love that comes from wisdom.
Contradictory to this, French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, proposes that there is a wisdom which comes from love. This is the only way for man to experience a "fragile happiness". The difficulty for the couple is to somehow blend Plato and Rousseau together, and share these sensitive, subtle and always fragile functions. According to the existentialist French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, one’s ego aims at reducing another ego just to be able to exist.
Is there a perfect philosophy for a sustainable couple?
In the absolute, it would mean combining the three main ideas of love: Eros, Philia, and Agape. To Love is to desire, and desire is related to lack: Socrates wrote "What we do not have - what we are not - what we lack". Aristotle gives another definition, and said: "To love is to rejoice" an idea developed by Spinoza, 20 centuries later: “Love is joy with the accompanying idea of an external cause“. In other words “love is to rejoice from”.
Meeting you was fate is at the crossroads of these philosophies, two persons who suffer from a lack come to enjoy the idea of being together. The experience of love at first sight, is like a state of grace that blows one away, a shift that pushes one beyond his or her certitudes. Love is a revolutionary force that makes one dream of brighter tomorrows, and generates a form of creative power.
The modernity of the two characters also challenges the great French classical texts such as in playwright Racine's Phaedra: "The gods have made me mad. I blush, and confusion covers my face, for I have let you see too clearly. The shame of grief that, in my own despite, overflows these eyes of mine."