BLANC / WHITE
Creation: Le Grütli - Centre de Production et de Diffusion des Arts Vivants, Geneva
WHITE confronts the topic of separation, through the appearance-disappearance duality, from birth to death. This project questions time and the relationship we develop towards it. From the point of view of an astrophysicist there is no present. We are placed in the future and can look only towards the past. When we look at the moon, we are looking a second towards the past. When we look ourselves at the mirror, we are looking one nanosecond at the past. This is the necessary time we need in order that the photons reach the space of our vision. We can also say we are looking towards death, as the phenomenon which we are observing already belongs to the past. As an individual that lives in a society where I’m constantly reminded I need to live in the present, in the now, this reflexion intrigues me. How am I supposed to position myself as a human being towards time and space, especially as a species that is conscious of the existence of its own end. Accepting death as something natural is a challenge in a world where everything is put in place to delay the moment of the last breath. What is that makes death so tragic? Is it really so tragic and irreversible? Is it maybe the fact that we cannot actually study death? Is it mostly the topic of accessibility that makes death so tragic? Death involves separation of one form another with no possible physical, verbal and interactive access with the one who is gone.
BLANC/WHITE is an interstellar celebration of the old age and the last voyage.
Stage direction, text: Anna Lemonaki
Artistic collaboration: Adina Secretan
Scientific collaboration: Sylvia Ekström, astrophysician
Assistant direction : Claire Forclaz
Music, sound: Samuel Schmidiger
Lights: Jonas Buhler
Vocal coach: Chantal Bianchi
Nikos Karathanos, Anna Lemonaki, Samuel Schmidiger, Ruth Schwegler, a robot, a choir (distribution to be confirmed)
Drawing and photo: Samuel Schmidiger