Animal Architecte BANDES
Who are our dead friends? Camille Dagen and Emma Depoid ask themselves this question, in a hybrid, lively, palimpsest-like show. From the standpoint of their own generation, they question the passage of time by convoking groups or gangs of friends – 'bandes' – from the past, as well as their collective dreams, and what remains of them.
Lipstick traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century was what started the whole project off. Greil Marcus's writing examines groups which shared a radical view of the world around them, an artistic and subversive inventiveness and a burning desire to turn pavements into dance-floors. The team of ten artists behind BANDES, consisting of five actors and five technical creators, traverse these stories of groups which come together, share a collective vibe – and then break up. At what point does it all change? When is friendship alone no longer enough? Their writing, made up of palindromes, delves into the performing arts and archives alike, and brings an apocalyptic Sex Pistols concert into contact with a contemporary dispute and an encounter with a former young Lettrist. It finds its resonance on a stage which is always in movement, just as our memories are, those of our bodies and of our cities, the hidden conveyors of the traces of the past. BANDES acknowledges, in a subtle way, those moments which are hark back to times gone by, and which change our lives.
Stage design, Emma Depoid
Loosely based on Lipstick traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century by Greil Marcus, with the agreement of éditions Allia
With Théo Chédeville, Hélène Morelli, Roman Kané, Thomas Mardell, and Nina Villanova
Dramaturgy, Mathieu Garling
Lighting design and operator, Sébastien Lemarchand
Composer, Kaspar Tainturier-Fink
Video design, Germain Fourvel
Sound, Kaspar Tainturtier-Fink and Félix Philippe
Costumes, Emma Depoid
With the complicity of Aclin Marah for the choral direction
This show is a coproduction by Festival d’Automne à Paris. It is presented in association with La Commune centre dramatique national d’Aubervilliers.
A production by Animal Architecte ; Bureau Formart (Paris)
A coproduction by Le Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg – Scène européenne ; Centre dramatique national de Tours – Théâtre Olympia ; La Comédie de Reims, centre dramatique national ; TANDEM, scène nationale (Douai-Arras) ; Le phénix, scène nationale de Valenciennes – pôle européen de création ; and Festival d’Automne à Paris
In association with La Commune centre dramatique national d’Aubervilliers ; and Festival d’Automne à Paris
With production support from the Ministère de la Culture, DRAC Grand-Est, and Ville de Strasbourg
With support from the Fonds de dotation création Porosus, La Loge hors-les-Murs
With artistic participation from Jeune Théâtre National (Paris)
With support and technical assistance from Plateaux Sauvages (Paris), T2G – Théâtre de Gennevilliers, centre dramatique national, Théâtre du Radeau (Le Mans), and Le Maillon Théâtre de Strasbourg – Scène européenne
This show benefited from a residency at Le Gallia – Théâtre Cinéma Saintes – Scène conventionnée
An action financed by Région Île-de-France – Fonds régional pour les talents émergents (FoRTE)