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I Wish I Could Speak in Technicolor

A performance by Simon Tanguy, Roger Sala Reyner and Fanni Futterknecht (New Settings #6)

Immersed in an incongruous environment, two men struggle to resist and create meaning. Combining the curious world of Fanni Futterknecht and the broad interpretative scope of Simon Tanguy and Roger Sala Reyner, I Wish I Could Speak in Technicolor offers a fantastical variation on the theme of metamorphosis. 

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - I Wish I Could Speak in Technicolor
© Christian Berthelot

The set evokes a children’s playground, a refuse tip or the ruins of some strange ritual – each member of the audience is invited to project his or her personal chimerae. The only certainty is that the objects filling the stage belong to the curious, colourful world of Austrian visual artist Fanni Futterknecht. Two men rise to the challenge of traversing and confronting this indefinable space: Simon Tanguy and Roger Sala Reyner encounter one another and make use of the objects available, to extend and transform themselves and their identities. 

The objects assume a living dimension, being used as prostheses or extensions to the users’ bodies and faces. More than mere stage props or set elements, the objects interact with the performers, asserting their presence as a third body in the dance. 

I Wish I Could Speak in Technicolor deconstructs identities and forms, juxtaposes ill-assorted items and engages with the experience of metamorphosis.

Oscillating between different registers, the piece stands at the crossroads of its practices and protagonists: dance, comedy and circus for its two performers, Roger Sala Reyner and Simon Tanguy, and contemporary art as evoked by Fanni Futterknecht’s objects.

This indefinable project is rooted in the close connection between the two dancers – as foreshadowed in Gerro, Minos and Him, with which Simon Tanguy won second place at the Danse Élargie competition in 2010. Now, I Wish I Could Speak in Technicolor is part of New Settings #6 from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, with support for its production and staging at the Théâtre de la Cité internationale in Paris.

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Théâtre de la Cité Internationale
Monday, November 28 and Tuesday November 29, 2016, 8.30 p.m.
Duration c. 1 h  


Choreography and dance Simon Tanguy and Roger Sala Reyner
Visual concept, installation and character aesthetics Fanni Futterknecht
Dramaturgy Igor Dobricic
Light design Léa Schneidermann • Music composed and performed by Louis Arlette • Assistant installation and costumes Edith Payer and Louise Cariou • Stage manager Ronan Bernard • Executive producer Marion Cachan • Outside Eye Marzena Kreminska • Thanks to Fantin Dassonville, Elena Mitzeva, Solène Ferreol, Mathieu Mélo
Production: Compagnie Propagande C. • With the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of New Settings #6 • Co-production: Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis; Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble; Centre Chorégraphique National - Ballet de Lorraine; La Passerelle, Scène nationale de Saint-Brieuc • Partners: DRAC Bretagne; Conseil Régional Bretagne;  Agglomération de Saint-Brieuc • With the support of: La Ménagerie de Verre as part of Studiolab; Les Subsistances, Résidence 2016/17, Lyon; D.ID Plateforme pour la recherche chorégraphique, Austria; Le Collectif Danse Rennes Métropole