Guided by Beethoven and his heroic symphony, Kaputt unfolds like an act of bravura wedded to failure. The heros are those who die at the front, weapons in hand, for not having renounced their ideals. The «Heroica » with its trenches, artillery shells, salvos, bombardments and truces .. Not merely disillusion, but a full blown, deliberate ship wreck, Kaputt portrays the heroism of failure, from one implausibility to another … It is in these moments that the body realizes ambition and possession, exhausting itself totally … to the point that it is incapable of maintaining such an impossible symphony or achieving a performance. The dance attempts to uncover that place, that failure in the body, heroic as well as vain. It celebrates complete loss rather than success, rendering it strange to itself, steeped in un-knowing. Kaputt is a salvaging by defeat, a futile act of indispensible bravery... or perhaps the opposite.
« meticulous suicide prepares the way for rebirth. »
Mehdi Belhaj Kacem. Society. Tristram. 2001.
Conception and choreography : Sylvain Huc
Assistants : Loran Chourrau and Cécile Grassin
Dancers : Pierre-Michaël Faure, Cécile Grassin, Sylvain Huc, Lise Vermot,
(created with the participation of Blandine Pinon)
Costumes : Rachel Garcia
Lighting : Pierre Masselot
Music : Symphony No. 3 « Eroica » - Ludwig van Beethoven
Duration : 1hr / appropriate for all audiences
Production : Faits & Gestes
Co-production : CDC of Toulouse/Midi-Pyrénées as part of the network « [DNA] Departures and Arrivals », cofinanced by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union, l’Usine - stage dedicated to the arts in public spaces (Tournefeuille/Toulouse Métropole), l’Espace Herbauges at Herbiers / Supports : Theatre of Cahors, city of Tournefeuille, Ramdam – center for creation and artistic resources at Ste Foylès- Lyon, the CIAM of the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès, Pôle Sud, CDC in planning at Strasbourg
Company Divergences is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communication / Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs for the Languedoc-Roussillon Midi-Pyrénées under “Aid to structuring”. The Company also receives funding from the Région Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée, the Departemental Council of the Lot and the Community of Communes Cazals-Salviac.