Apichatpong Weerasethakul Fever Room[Visual Arts & Performance]
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, one of the most innovative, mesmerizing figures in cinema today, makes his first incursion into the world of theatre with a “performance-projection”, based on his latest film Cemetery of Splendour. Jenjira, the filmmaker’s fetich actress, plays the role of Jen, a housewife who is due to have an operation. In hospital, her dreams intermingle with those of Itt, a soldier in a state of slumber, an inhabitant of a country deprived of light. Elsewhere, a group of youngsters ventures out onto the Mekong river. Others explore a cave in search of a possible habitat for an uncertain future... In the course of extended dreams and musings, each of them patches up their wounds, and takes refuge in sleep, or the place of a secret resistance. Fever Room unfurls in a twilight world, in a space on the confines of reality and dream, obscurity and light. On the stage, filmed images blend into the staging, plunging spectators into a disorientating, hypnotic mental and sensorial experience. Picking up on the political resonances of his last film, the piece also gives us the outline of a country on the brink of collapse, in search of a future. This intense performance takes us far beyond the frontiers of cinema, and plunges us deep into the filmmaker’s dream-like, sensual universe. A world in which invisible forces rear their heads amidst a reality of the most prosaic kind. In the theatre’s cavern, magic takes effect, fever rises, and shadows come to life once again.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul retrospective
LE CHAMPO – 51, rue des Écoles 75005 Paris
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