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A winter’s night. Two children aged six and seven flee Germany to get married in Africa, and are stopped at the airport. A fleeting dream captured in Sun – the essence of childhood in a single instant. A fantastical expansion of the space and scope of performance, devised by Cyril Teste and brought to life by Patrick Laffont.
Because children ‘incite us to go further’, Cyril Teste (who comes to the theatre via painting and video art) and Patrick Laffont (who came to video art via photography) follow in the footsteps of their story’s two small heroes. Inspired by a real-life news story and premiered at the 2011 Avignon Festival, Sun is a poetic performance using digital technology and media to enhance the expressive power of traditional staging techniques.
This close creative collaboration – one artist supplying the other with unfinished texts to be ‘set to pictures’ – gives rise to a new, enchanting, perfectly mastered artform. Everything is written down, but the piece nonetheless bursts off the stage with the freshness of the moment. A video work is put together ‘live’, using sophisticated technology to convey the spontaneity of childhood. Sun is a variation on our mental or digital image-making processes – one of those dazzling moments we all carry inside. Rejecting the rules of narrative, both artists take possession of time and space, ‘like malleable materials, to dilate, constrain or multiply’.
Shot through with the bright light of childhood, and the shy, illuminating performances of its two young actors, Sun ushers in a new kind of theatre, where meaning is engendered through formal innovation: a delightful inclusion in ‘New Settings 2011’.
Text and staging Cyril Teste
Video artist Patrick Laffont
Artistic collaboration Joël Jouanneau, Servane Ducorps
Co-writer and director Philippe Guyard
Scenography Cyril Teste, Julien Boizard
Orignial music Nihil Bordures
Lighting and stage management Julien Boizard
Video Patrick Laffont, Mehdi Toutain-Lopez
3D Mapping Nicolas Dorémus
Costumes Marion Montel
Props Elisa Bories
Set Technician Nicolas Joubert
Programmed objects Christian Laroche
Administration Anaïs Cartier
Construction Nicolas Joubert, Charly Lhuillier, Hugo Peron, Side up Concept : Patricl Clody and Bertrand Loosveldt
With Matteo Eustachon, Stéphane Lalloz, Babacar M’Baye Fall, Adama Diop, Zina-Lucia Méziat
Production Collectif MxM
Co-production by the Festival d’Avignon, Le CENTQUATRE-Paris, Scène nationale de Cavaillon, Le Parvis Scène nationale de Tarbes, the CCAS, Le Carré-Les Colonnes Scène conventionnée de Saint-Médard-en-Jalles Blanquefort, L’Onde Théâtre et Centre d’art de Vélizy-Villacoublay, with the support of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (Drac Île-de-France et DICRéAM), the Région Île-de-France, the Conseil Général de Seine-et-Marne, the Conseil Général de Seine-Saint-Denis, the Fonds SACD Théâtre, the TGP-CDN de Saint-Denis, the Ferme du Buisson Scène nationale de Marne-la-Vallée, and the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.
In partnership with the Théâtre de la Cité internationale