Inspired from a real place, from the specific atmosphere and the details of that place, Haut et Court company creates a Bardo* room as a theatrical, sonorous and interactive installation. The room places the public in the middle of a fiction, an interactive arrangement where the real sets are combined with the virtual ones, and where actors mix with ghost-like appearances. The first process of the Bardo is constituted of seven stages. The stage in the Temps d’Images festival in Cluj-Napoca represents the third one in this series. At the end of the project, which will be in august 2010, all the seven rooms will be assembled as a labyrinth, inviting the audience into an introspective journey, in a recomposed geography, into the depth of their dreams. In Antoine Volodine’s company, the Bardo wants to create a post-exotic stage language, where time, space and the majority of cultures coalesce.
* In the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Bardo-Thodol, in the last moment of agony, the man is passing through obscure passages, where he is confronted with strange visions, inner conflicts or universal issues, which he must overstep in order to arrive at the end of the tunnel.
directed by: Joris Mathieu with: Philippe Chareyron, Vincent Hermano, Marion Talotti interactive arrangement and image: Loïc Bontems image: Siegfried Marque and France Corbel lights: Nicolas Boudier music and sound environment: Nicolas Thévenet narrative: Antoine Volodine company: Haut et Court / La Chartreuse, Villeneuve lès Avignon (Centre National des Ecritures du Spectacle Vivant) / Le manège and CECN 2 (Mons) / Théâtre de Vénissieux (Regional Scene Rhône Alpes) with the support: the Rhône-Alpes Region & by DRAC Rhône-Alpes
About the artists
Haut et Court Company is working in the Rhône Alpes region from 1997. Their works can be defined as an <extra-ordinary> theatre, by combining fiction with everyday reality. Showing a strong interest for the subjective perception of the man facing the world, Haut et Court creates theatrical forms that project the viewer into the center of a vision of the future society, in a trip into mankind’s anguish and utopias. Haut et Court puts together the narrative forms with a scenography where one can find different sensorial shapes. Video images are part of the narrative, detaching from the strict technological use.