Jachères improvisations


What transpires?
It's small, it's not a miniature. It doesn't seek to be present, it's there. It's poor, it's dry, and the body emptied of water stretches out, shakes and falls. The dried out tongue sticks to the palate, the teeth, the throat, scrapes along the gums and the inside of the cheeks. It doesn't cry, it doesn't sing, it seems to speak and move, it doesn't say anything, yes it lives.
Jachères improvisations is a performance which calls reality into question by working on the notions, both visual and acoustic, of affinity and remoteness. The taken parts which ensue lead to the definition of a scenic arrangement hinged around several points. We are situated at approximately twelve meters from a black screen behind which can be seen a furnished apartment. The space between the audience and the set is taken up by two poles of sound production. On the ground in the middle of the scene is an unoccupied double mattress. In the forefront of the scene the dancers come to recite Christophe Tarkos' text.
The improvisation here is an experiment of sound material and the sound rendered into the ear through the headphones provided to each spectator. It is also the slow evolution of the bodies from the backstage to that of an extreme proximity with the audience, the stage lights evolve around the visible and the invisible. The spectator is in a state of observation and hesitation, which opens up the way to various interpretations, without any of them appearing to be definitive (and what transpires is unpredictable).

Jachères improvisations was created on November 6th 2001 at the Ménagerie de Verre (Paris) in the frame of Les Innacoutumés festival.


Conceived by: Vincent Dupont
Performed by : Thierry Balasse, Vincent Dupont, Yves Godin, Myriam Lebreton, Éric Martin
Text: Christophe Tarkos, Ma langue tome III. "Donne", Editions Al Dante / collection Niok, 2000


Production: Association Edna
With the support of Cie Inouïe/Thierry BalasseLa Ménagerie de Verre (Paris)


© Photo – Bertrand Prévost (1/3 3/3) – Fred Kihn (2/3)