Théâtre National de Bretagne
Direction Arthur Nauzyciel
In partnership with L'Aire Libre
Yoann Bourgeois prefers silence to excessive talk. Renouncing the regulated language of ‘communication’, he wants to reveal what lies hidden in the things that cannot be said. On a stage transformed into a perilous playground, this acrobat and choreographer throws himself into a space filled with traps. A lighting rig, stage curtains, poles, trapdoors: the machinery of the theatre stage becomes a gigantic apparatus for Bourgeois’ play. He stumbles, falls, wavers but always gets up again to keep on going. Like a child who never gives up, his speech also zigs and zags. He hesitates, stammers, prefers hitches and pauses to flights of eloquence. Delivered in a series of short sketches shot through with the words of Samuel Beckett – ‘Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.’ – this comic and poetic performance makes a plea for failure, for the noble attempt, for taking a sideways look at things. It pushes back against those who demand we become ever more efficient and perfect. With Yoann Bourgeois, alternatives present themselves.
Our flaws are our power, and our stammering speaks more of us than any rhetorical gesture. This idea, almost a manifesto, is delivered at the very place where speech is meant to be king: the theatre stage itself.
Yoann Bourgeois is a French acrobat, director and choreographer. Since 2016 he has directed the CCN2 – Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble with Rachid Ouramdane. In 2016 he was at TNB to present Celui qui tombe, Tentatives d’approche d’un point de suspension for Mettre en scène festival, and Fugue/Trampoline in Rennes’ Blosne district.