conception, scenography, direction nathalie béasse
with étienne fague, karim fatihi, erik gerken, anne reymann, camille trophème
lighting natalie gallard
music score julien parsy
sound technician antoine monzonis-calvet
sculpture corinne forget
All is white
A small black dot is getting bigger in the middle
They are coming
It would be like a tale, with chapters
A voice-cover would describe memories, anecdotes
There would be characters with double personalities,
We could see their dark side, when they are turning back, only with a different
Glance or just when they nod
A kind of happy detective story
A family is meeting up to celebrate an event,
then a disappearance,
Coming back into someone else’s body
They are suddenly playing at children’s games,
Stories about twins,
about what is unspoken
Very sensual relationship and sometimes excessive scripts about disappearance,
Excuses for playing like children,
Not knowing when the game is over
Disappearances like lapses of memory
Giving symbols to acts, like in tales, we would get mystery firmly in our mind
And we get lost in the forest
Here the forest is this family, is this living-room, is this very moment when they
Are meeting when they are looking at each other an uprooted tree is ready
To fall down, it is put there, in the middle of all that and of bags of earth
The bodies are like rocks, with their blankets those people become biblical landscape
I want to magnify their drift.
I would like to elucidate the relationship between the family with all that is unspoken, its brutality in the face of silence, and then the sensation of lacking, linked to absence, the disappearance of the father and mother figures and paradoxically to their rejection.
How one hides behind masks, how one becomes someone else. The idea of the mask, the simulacrum. Like children. Instinctive. Really work on instinct.
A kind of macabre dance within a family ...
hapy child has been created 20th November 2008 at Le Quai/Open Arts/CNDC, Angers.
production : association le sens / coproductions : EPCC Le Quai, and the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine, Angers - France
with support from the Ministère de la Culture et de la communication / DRAC des Pays de la Loire, the Département de Maine et Loire, the Ville d’Angers and Mécène & Loire.
happy child was performed at the Biennale de Venice 2017 with support from the Région des pays de la Loire in partnership with Institut français.
Happy Child, conception et mise en scène de Nathalie Béasse, Théâtre de la Bastille - par Denis Sanglard
L'immaginario di Béasse danza nella crudeltà - Michela Tamburrino