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World première Avignon 2014

Work for two dancers and a pianist inspired by The Chairs of Eugène Ionesco

Choreography and staging
Marie-Claude Pietragalla and Julien Derouault

With
Daravirak Bun
and Blandine Laignel

 

Piano
Yannaël Quenel (Classical revelation of Adami 2011)

Running time

1:10 (All public)

50 min (Young public)

Co-production Théâtre du Corps and Jeunesses Musicales de France

The Chairs?


A new look for dance is displayed in this interpretation of one of the most iconic plays of Eugène Ionesco, and its theatre of the absurd.

Blandine Laignel and Daravirak Bun / The Chairs? - photo Pascal Elliott
Blandine Laignel and Daravirak Bun / The Chairs? - photo Pascal Elliott
Blandine Laignel and Daravirak Bun / The Chairs? - photo Pascal Elliott
Blandine Laignel and Daravirak Bun / The Chairs? - photo Pascal Elliott
Blandine Laignel and Daravirak Bun / The Chairs? - photo Pascal Elliott
Daravirak Bun / The Chairs? - photo Pascal Elliott

Two characters, known as Old Man and Old Woman, stuck in a repetitive existence, are frantically preparing chairs for a series of invisible guests who are coming to hear an orator reveal the Old Man's discovery.

Their dialogue is discordant, twisted, and without logic. The two characters enjoy playing with one another, and try to bring back the feel of their childhood. Their games are performed seriously but in a naive and offset choreographic frame.

The intrusion of irrationality in the reality, is a strong element of Ionesco theatre of the absurd, as it brings an imaginary theatricality. Would imagination be more concrete than reality? The two dancers showcase a play where their dreams are their reality and their life a dream!

Ionesco plays with the tragic, reflected in the work via gesture and music, both set between balance and imbalance. How dance and music feed the silence of the absurd is the alchemy behind the work. Our two clowns, strange poets of the absurd, finally let go of their madness: flying chairs, a wacky pianist, an imitation of Maurice Chevalier dancing hip hop, a hymn to Chaplin, a mime to life!

 

Off Festival Avignon 2014

 


Press

"Public renouvelé, formidablement attentif samedi à l’auditorium pour Les Chaises ?.
Une création d’exception présentée par la compagnie Pietragalla-Derouault et les Jeunesses Musicales de France. Conjugaison du verbe et du geste, ce spectacle entrecroise le texte d’Ionesco, farce dramatique du théâtre de l’absurde, avec des partitions de Bach, Beethoven ou de Yannaël Quenel, compositeur pianiste hors pair et essentiel compagnon de Blandine Laignel et Alexis Ochin. Deux corps qui parlent, oscillent entre ironie et désespoir, évoluent en pleins et déliés, entrelacent hip-hop, mime, burlesque. Régal de non-sens, cette comédie ballet dit de belle manière et au-delà de l’humour absurde, la tendresse écorchée d’Ionesco."

Dauphiné Libéré


"L’interprétation puissante des deux danseurs était rehaussée par de belles pages de Chopin Beethoven et Debussy, donnant à l’ambiance une pointe de douceur dans ce monde de l’absurde. "

Le Progrès février 2013


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