duration : approx. 75'
As true troublemakers in the great lineage of art history, Clédat & Petitpierre draw from multiple references for this new production. The hermit, the hero of the fable, is inspired by Alberto Giacometti’s Walking Man, while the object of his temptations refers to Willendorf’s Palaeolithic Venus. A robot-monster, right out of Max Ernst’s Temptation of Saint Anthony quotes Gustave Flaubert’s eponymous novel on stage, while a vegetable ball jitters close by. Like a Hindu temple capped with a miniature piece of nature, the hermit’s cave turns to smooth and precious gold. On the ground, marble paving borrowed from Florentine palaces takes the place of the Thebaid desert. Through these formal and symbolic alliances, as surprising as they are unlikely, the artistic duo invites the audience to follow a strange and quirky process of ‘hermitology’ as it unfolds before our eyes.
concept, direction and sculptures: Yvan Clédat & Coco Petitpierre / performance: Erwan Ha Kyoon-Larcher, Coco Petitpierre, Sylvain Riéjou / sound: Stéphane Vecchione / light: Yan Godat assisté de Sébastien Marc / production: Lebeau et associés, with the support of The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès in the frame of the program New Settings /coproduction: Nanterre-Amandiers, centre dramatique national, far° Nyon, le CENTQUATRE- PARIS in the frame of the artistic residencies / with the support of DRAC Île-de-France