Germinal

La Raffinerie

21, 22, 23, 24/05 – 20:30
25/05 – 18:00
FR > NL

1h 20min


Moving freely between theatre, performance and visual art, Frenchmen Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort use all kinds of media and eclectic interests to invent a perpetually shifting and ‘deframed’ theatrical genre. In their work, the cobbled together seems to cohabit with the learned, the tragic with the incongruous. Germinal, their latest creation, envisages the black box of theatre as a completely blank place. “If you had the chance of starting from scratch, even within eight metres by eight, how would you do it?” Four individuals reinvent language and as thinking beings find that they are capable of bringing out a world-system. They move from revelation to revelation like explorers, laying everything out on view, from the laws of physics to the foundations of social interaction. An exhilarating philosophical epic from start to finish, Germinal is about the fabrication of theatre as a metaphor for the construction of man. Nothing less than extraordinary!

Concept
Antoine Defoort & Halory Goerger

With
Arnaud Boulogne, Ondine Cloez / Beatriz Setien, Antoine Defoort & Halory Goerger

Technical director & stage manager
Maël Teillant

Lighting & video
Sébastien Bausseron

Sound
Robin mignot

Light consultant
Annie Leuridan

Set construction
Christian Allamano, Cédric Ravier & Danny Vandeput

Collaborator production & outside eye
Julien Fournet

Production assistant & telephonic advies
Mathilde Maillard

Administration
Sarah Calvez

Presentation
Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Charleroi Danses / La Raffinerie

Production
L'Amicale de production (Lille)

Co-production
Kunstenfestivaldesarts, La Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, Le Phénix-Scène nationale de Valenciennes, Kunstencentrum Buda (Kortrijk), Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Ghent), Le Vivat-Scène conventionnée d'Armentières, le Manège.mons / CECN / technocITé (Mons), Alkantara Festival (Lisbon), Théâtre national de Bordeaux en Aquitaine, Théâtre de la Manufacture-CDN Nancy Lorraine, Baltoscandal Festival (Rakvere), Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival (Groningen), Rotterdamse Schouwburg


Supported by
Conseil Régional Nord-Pas-de- Calais, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (DRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais), apap/Performing Europe (DGEAC-Culture Programme)

Performance in Brussels supported by
Institut français

Project coproduced by
NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

Created in Lyon in September 2012

L'Amicale de production is artist in residence at 
Le Phénix-Scène nationale de Valenciennes, Beursschouwburg (Brussels) & CENTQUATRE (Paris)

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If you had the chance of starting from scratch within a space eight metres by ten, how would you do it? Germinal presents four individuals who envisage the stage as a virgin space in which everything is open. Out of this space, they produce a system. If you were being ingenuous, you would say a world. Watching it unfold gives us the opportunity of seeing the construction of a new history of language, knowledge and community structures.

In Germinal, we are witnessing the birth of a civilisation whose territory is the theatre stage and whose inhabitants are the actors. Their needs, their abilities and their desires are limited: to build a society that will exist solely for the duration of the performance. In this respect, the play is also a history of theatre, starting from its archaisms (notably mime) and ending with a more contemporary expression, exploring several registers of expression in between. All pretexts for constructing what at times are absurd modes of relationships between these four individuals who discover living together while reinventing it.

This self-generative play involves trying to understand whether quantum stability is really worth it. Trying to know whether there is a lawful ontological minimum. The world is arranged according to new categories. Everything is classified. Everything is broken. But with solemnity, application and a good measure of bonhomie.

Halory Goerger

I devise shows and installations instead of building houses or fixing animals because it's better like that for everyone. I work on the history of ideas because everything else had already been taken by the time I came along.

I build spectacular systems cut off from the world, different kinds of small Barrett-type houses where I wouldn't want to live unless they were on fire. The discourse in it takes the place of cement, holding together a form which is built live and consumed for the duration of the performance. In each of my processes, a DIY approach flirts with formal rigour in a relaxed relationship with artistic practices, with the concern being to emerge from it alive.

Antoine Defoort

I'm seeking to maintain a good atmosphere and a heightened level of porosity between this season's hare-brained schemes of mine, life, reality and contemporary art. So I often find myself grappling with glaring contradictions which are either proudly held or shamefully hidden by jumping from one subject to another and making wild digressions.

The misfires and accidents are welcomed with open arms and form a crusty granularity which is particularly appreciated by experts.

And then as the Dutch-speakers put it so well: "Antoine Defoort springt van de hak op de tak en maakt als humoristische beeldenstormer de gekste zijsprongen."

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Halory Goerger devises shows and installations instead of building houses or fixing animals because it’s better like that for everyone. He works on the history of ideas because everything else had already been taken by the time he came along. He builds spectacular systems cut off from the world, different kinds of small Barrett-type houses where he wouldn’t want to live unless they were on fire. The discourse in it takes the place of cement, holding together a form which is built live and consumed for the duration of the performance. In each of his processes, a DIY approach flirts with formal rigour in a relaxed relationship with artistic practices, with the concern being to emerge from it alive.

Antoine Defoort is seeking to maintain a good atmosphere and a heightened level of porosity between this season’s hare-brained schemes of mine, life, reality and contemporary art. So he often finds himself grappling with glaring contradictions which are either proudly held or shamefully hidden by jumping from one subject to another and making wild digressions. The misfires and accidents are welcomed with open arms and form a crusty granularity which is particularly appreciated by experts. And then as the Dutch-speakers put it so well: “Antoine Defoort springt van de hak op de tak en maakt als humoristische beeldenstormer de gekste zijsprongen.”

L’Amicale de production is a small production cooperative dedicated to providing the right environment for performance artists. Not entirely a production house or a theatre company but based on a cross-disciplinary practice of the arts and taking another approach to production, it defines itself as a “cooperative of projects”. The cooperative is artistically led by the three original founder members of L’Amicale: Antoine Defoort, Halory Goerger and Julien Fournet. L’Amicale de production is based in Lille (France) and Brussels (Belgium).

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