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Published on Dec 14, 2010
Chris Christoffels & José Roland Multimedia Performance
Actress KATERINA DIDASKALOU Eternal Ariadne Voice over DAMIEN GILLARD Singers ALFRED BIRONIEN Minos ANNE-FLEUR INIZAN Princess Europe TOMOKO TAGUCHI Ariadne SHADI TORBEY Daedalus NICOLAS ZIéLINSKI Theseus Music Instruments THE FORMS COLLECTIVE: FABRICE ALLEMAN, JEAN-FRANCOIS ASSY, MARGARET HERMANT, RAPHAEL HERTSENS, PASCAL MOREAU, WENDY RUYMEN Dancers RODNEY KAPPAR Theseus NITAY LEHRER Pirithoüs EVANGELOS POULINAS Minotaure Costumes JEAN-PAUL KNOTT Hair JEAN-D Make up VERONIQUE LACROIX Video Assistance FRANCOIS JAIME PREISSER Setting OLIVIER WATERKEYN
After InstruMENTAL, the giant blue brain that crowned the Musical Instruments Museum in Brussels last spring, Città Pietrasanta, a concert-installation at the Tuscan summer festival and Midnight Blue, a dance and visual performance in Brussels at Brigittines chapel, Chris Christoffels & José Roland will open the new cultural season with Theseus.
Under the aegis of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the multimedia and multilingual performance Theseus will draw the viewer into the deepest recesses of western history. Using the Cretan myth as its springboard, the story explores the ambivalent relationship between Theseus, the Minotaur, Ariane (the grand-daughter of Princess Europa), Europa, Minos, Daedalus...and figures of our times. Past and present occur simultaneously, reproducing the psychological theory of the imaginal ego archetype.
The performance's starting-point was an article by Christophe Boltanski in the French newspaper Libération about a crime that took place in London. A red thread leads us back through the ages following DNA traceability.
The eternal mystery of the labyrinth and of Theseus and all mankind's quest for light create links between past and present, in the same way as the Renaissance revived Antiquity and sublimated its art.
Theseus is a dance performance, with singing and story telling in five languages (live, off and surtitling), as well as video screens. A kaleidoscope through time, this thoroughly contemporary piece evokes the constancy of myth and of artistic performance itself. The model is that of man confronting difficulties and triumphing over them.
At the same time, it illustrates the challenges confronting those who are building Europe: a labyrinth of difficulties to conquer.