Following Affordable Solution for Better Living, Steven Michel and Théo Mercier continue to explore biopower with BIG SISTERS. The piece is conceived and designed for four dancers aged 23 to 65, including Laura Belgrano, Lili Buvat, Marie de Corte and Mimi Wascher. Envisioned like an experimental film and inspired by "Les Guérillères" of the feminist author and lesbian activist Monique Wittig, BIG SISTERS is a performance act unfolding like a filmic and kaleidoscopic take on women and their representations, juxtaposing fragments of self-portraits, staged portraits, science fiction and historical reenactments. By turns ghosts, spaceships, missiles and planets, the bodies of the four sisters are time-travel capsules. Through those political and poetic bodies engaged in a thousand-year-old liberation war, BIG SISTERS attempts to shed light on the complex choreography of gazes, fantasies and projections at play in the dramatizing of female bodies.
Conception, choreography and set design: Théo Mercier, Steven Michel
With: Laura Belgrano, Lili Buvat, Marie de Corte, Mimi Wascher
Text: Extracts from "Les Guérillières" of Monique Wittig (Éditions de Minuit, 1969) and others quotations.
Artistic collaboration: Jonathan Drillet
Sound design: Pierre Desprats
Lighting design: Éric Soyer
Video design: Thomas James
Costumes: Valérie Hellebaut
Executive production: Nanterre-Amandiers, Centre dramatique national
With the support of Fondation d’entreprise Hermès within the New Settings programme
Coproduction: Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy, Maison de la Culture d’Amiens, C-TAKT, platform transdisciplinair talent (Belgium), Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne (Switzerland), Théâtre Saint-Gervais, Geneva (Switzerland), La Soufflerie - Rezé (France) — more to be announced
With the support of La Région Ile-de-France, Forum Culturel Autrichien
La Ménagerie de Verre (reception in residence), apap – Performing Europe 2020 - with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union, SPEDIDAM