MADE IN CHINA | THEATRE | COLLABORATION WITH COMPAGNIE À, 2015
FRANCE AND CHINA
MADE IN CHINA - OBJECT THEATRE
The project revolves around the question related to Chinese products.
It all starts from the personal story of Dorothy Saysombat, actor and artistic co-director of Company à. But especially because China is the largest producer in the world. All these objects "Made in China" arrived at our stalls, in our kitchens, our rooms, our toy boxes, our pockets, have multiplied, duplicated, crowded, then were neglected, abandoned in a corner. Some actors who are sensitive to their ordidnary poetry, or affected by their status as "discontinued", wished to give them a second life on the stage.
The objects massively produced in Chinses factories populate the entire world. They are part of our everyday life. The challenge of our project is to propose another perspective on them, and thus, about consumption, mass production, the norm, "production in series " etc. And beyond all these social issues, this project also serves to look at the objects that surround us in a poetic and artistic way.
Concept and artistic director: Nicolas Alline, Dorothée Saysombat
Artistic collaboration and assistance: Michel Cerda
Comedians: Si Xianwei, Wu Liuqi, Nicolas Alline, Dorothée Saysombat
Musician: Wang Li
Light creation et technician: Rodrigue Bernard
Accessories: Latifa Le Forestier
Tours in Chine, 2015:
19 - 21 June : Beijing, 77 Theatre (Festival Croisements 2015)
Tours in France, 2015:
19 - 21 September : Charleville Mézières, Festival Mondial des Arts de Marionnettes
30 September : Angers, Institut Confusius d’Angers
Tours in France, 2016:
26 January : Laval, at Théâtre-Scène conventionnée
28 January : Chateau-Gontier, at Carré - Scène Nationale et Centre d'Art Contemporain de Chateau-Gontier
30 January : Anjou, at THV à Saint-Barthélemy d'Anjou
2 February 2016 : Ernée, at Communauté de Communes
4 February : Allones, at la salle Jean Carmet
6 February : Segré, at Cargo
8 - 10 February : Ifs, at l'Espace Jean Vilar
11 February : La Ferté Bernard, at Centre Culturel Athéna
12 February : Thouarcé, at Village en Scène
29 February - 4 March : Nantes, at Grand T
12-13 March : Strasbourg, at TJP Strasbourg
COMPANY À (LA COMPAGNIE À)
Company « à » is founded in December 2003 in Angers (France), by Dorothée Saysombat and Nicolas Alline. It is created with the will of exploring different forms of theatre through the relations with the audience, sound and space. These objectives give a flavor for object theater, clowning and puppetry. All the creations of Company à aim to throw a singular and poetic look at our social and political context, through art, theater, images, gestures, sound, emotions, and objects.
Company à explore the relation that links actor to object; body to object. It is particularly fond of scenic and visual work created from manufactured objects, i.e. objects that are not created for the theatre, which possess symbolic power as well as evocative, metaphorical, poetic quality.
China is the most important producer of objects in the world, and according to Nicolas Alline and Dorothea Saysombat, this country has contributed a lot to the development of Object Theater in Europe, especially in the 80s when this theatrical form quickly developed.
After the first meeting with the Chinese audience in 2011 (performances at Penghao Theatre and Plantation), the Company à returned to China in November 2013 to offer a workshop in Beijing, exploring the relation to object, also meeting artists in Shandong, Chinese province that twinned with the French region Pays de la Loire. The new Franco-Chinese creation "Made in China" has then been put in place on two territories between 2014 and 2015.