A dance theatre show adapted from the prose poetry of Henri Michaux
© Editions Gallimard, Paris.
Premiered at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2001.
Exquisite, ironic and sharply engaging theatre… a bold and intelligent delight.
Brilliantly executed and very witty… an exhilarating piece of work.
Theatre at its innovative, exuberant best.
A startling fusion of music, contemporary percussive dance and the eerily comic prose poetry of Henri Michaux.
Michaux was one of the most unusually inventive of twentieth century French writer-artists, and this unprecedented dramatisation of his work explores some of his obsessive themes: pain, endurance, fragility, revenge. Ephemeral characters are impaled on spears, roasted on spits, stuffed into sacks, ground into sausage meat… But in the end, resilience reigns. If pain is omnipresent, death itself is kept at a distance, and from within this distance springs an eventual serenity.
Cast and creative team
Direction and adaptation: Sinéad Rushe
Original creation: Sinéad Rushe and Jenny Boot
Performance: Sinéad Rushe and Camille Litalien
Lighting design: Andrew Taylor
Original lighting design: Colin Grenfell
Sound preproduction: Peter Rose
Programme and flyer design: Dermot Rushe
Production: Kate Houlden
Funded by Arts Council England.