Julien Gosselin
Le Passé


Drawing upon his customary mixture blend of theatre, texts, images, and musical creation, Julien Gosselin and his company Si vous pouviez lécher mon coeur also summon up, in this unique look at the past, painted canvasses, candle-lit footlights, flats, and ancient costumes. These glass-enclosed spaces cohabit with the camera, like images from the contemporary world.

Between the prolix decorum of a bourgeois salon, winter gardens, painted landscapes, and acting for those in the pit, Julien Gosselin and his seven actors and musicians bring us a homage to disappeared art and humanity. It is a profound reverence to times which are incomprehensible today, as if seen from space, or from the future. He mixes life and theatre all together, in a way which Leonid Andreev did with so much ardour. A parallel is drawn up between humanity's forthcoming disappearance and the present-day dissolution of a certain type of theatre. It is one which puts us in contact with lost worlds, human beings no longer in existence, and languages which have changed over the course of time. It gives us the opportunity to bring the dead back to life, even if for a fleeting moment.