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Le Theatre du Mouvement : Encore Une Heure Si Courte

Year: 1989, 65 mins
Code: TDM-Another

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In 1986 Claire Heggen and Yves Marc met the composer Georges Aperghis and his team of comedians, singers and musicians - Edith Scob, Martine Viard, Michael Lonsdale, and Jean-Pierre Drouet - at a musical theatre workshop at the Acanthe Centre in Aix-en-Provence. Claire Heggen and Yves Marc paired their physical theatre with the musical skills of Georges Aperghis. From this passionate meeting was born "Encore une Heure si Courte".

Juxtaposing extracts from Aperghi's works "Conversations" and "Enumeration" and the distinctive research of the company on the musicality of movement, Claire Heggen and Yves Marc worked for a number of months with Claude Bokhobza and Lucas Thiéry.

The result is a performance where acrobatics meets the musicality of movement, humanity meets tragedy and the game of acting meets the enunciation of musical texts. Three men, barefoot, in shirts and ties approach the edges of an unknown space in three wooden boxes. With the help of an imaginary map and several planks of wood, they set out in search of the unknown. Their journeys lead them after many adventures to a strange office until they are finally engulfed by a sea of paperwork. Claire Heggen stages this amazing piece, using simple materials which transform themselves under her skilled hand.

 

Established in 1975 by its present artistic directors, Claire Heggen and Yves Marc, the Theatre du Mouvement has been seen in sixty countries. Expert and entertaining, their work has been a major influence in the development of contemporary mime and visual theatre.

 

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