Photo : La Tortue de Gauguin © Vincent Frossard
Gauguin’s turtle
Compagnie Luc Amoros
(France)
Giant moving audio & visual installation
Strasbourg-based company, Luc Amoros, continues to reflect on the place of art in urban contexts, revisiting an episode of Paul Gauguin’s life to produce a striking and magical artistic choreography based on a 9x5-metre, four-storey metal structure with screen panels.

This historic street art theatre company based in Strasbourg continues to reflect on the place of art in urban contexts, producing the next work in the triptych consisting of Blank Page (2009) and then Four Suns (2013). This new large format is a 9-metre high, 5-metre wide metal structure with a stage and three other storeys where painters can work on screen panels. This “moving polyptych” revisits an episode of Paul Gauguin’s life, when he painted on the shell of a turtle lost on a sandy beach in the Marquesas Islands. It is a spectacular and impressive piece of artistic choreography, blending text, painting, music and video.

It is a 9×5-metre, four-storey structure. The first storey hosts a narrator and musician, and the upper stories house artists perched behind the screen panels made of transparent, retractable plastic canvases on which they paint throughout the performance. Luc Amoros explains that “I like to think that, thanks to this species’ long life span, one of the painter’s works, far from the avarice of speculators, still continues to swim back and forth today in the ocean depths, in its own little mobile museum.”

The screen panels are painted by a choir of painters, who produce children’s drawings, morbid paintings, selfies, sacred images, advertisements and Fra Angelico and Gauguin copies. Beautiful paintings flit across the stage until all the canvases disappear. Gauguin’s Turtle fascinates with its use of light and shadow, brush techniques and acting, all carried out live and in full sight, creating a hypnotic and very physical display of beautiful visual illusions.

BIOGRAPHY

The Amoros and Augustin company comprised Luc Amoros (born in 1956) and Michèle Augustin (born in 1956). Together, they created Sunjata (1989), exploring the Mandinka culture, and then Le Chant de l’ours (1993) on Sami mythologies. Until 2000, they worked together for 360° à l’ombre, before going their separate ways. Michèle Augustin founded her own organisation, Amalthée, in 2005. Luc Amoros kept the company, created in 1976, under his name. Since then, he has continued lively and poetical discussion with audiences, on the subjects of painting, our relationship with art and the place of images in public space. Using shadow, brush techniques and cameras, this work sketches the outlines of a surrealist theatre, a theatre of live illusions, somewhere between makeshift and high-tech artistic creation, “performances” where the text blends with the visual arts, theatre music and cameras. Gauguin’s Turtle is the third chapter in a triptych that began with Blank Page (2009) and Four Suns (2013) and continues with these giant installations, using a new structure where a choir of artists, two musicians and an actor work together on a masterpiece through a succession of images set to music, based on texts by Luc Amoros.

DISTRIBUTION

Written and directed by : Luc Amoros
Musical composition : Alexis Thépot
On-stage artists : Léa Noygues, Lou Amoros, Brigitte Gonzalez, Itzel Palomo, Thomas Rebischung, Sylvie Eder, Emmanuel Perez, Ignacio Plaza Ponce
Technical management : Vincent Frossard
Light and video : Martin Descourvières
Sound : Thomas Kaiser
Administration : Mathieu Desanlis

PRODUCTION

Residence and help with creation :
le Fourneau, Centre National des Arts de la Rue et dans l’espace public (Brest)
Atelier 231, Centre National des Arts de la Rue et dans l’espace public (Sotteville-lès-Rouen)
Le Parapluie, Centre National des Arts de la Rue et dans l’espace public (Aurillac)

Help with creation :
Le Moulin Fondu, Centre National des Arts de la Rue et de l’Espace Public
Les Ateliers Frappaz, Centre National des Arts de la Rue et dans l’espace public (Villeurbanne)
Cadhame, collectif de la Halle Verrière de Meisenthal avec le soutien du Conseil Départemental de la Moselle(57).

With the help of :
La DGCA – Collège arts de la rue , ADAMI, SPEDIDAM, SACD

Thursday 05 July 2018
23:00 > 00:00
Parc du Thabor, Carré Duguesclin, Rennes
Friday 06 July 2018
23:00 > 00:00
Parc du Thabor, Carré Duguesclin, Rennes
Saturday 07 July 2018
23:00 > 00:00
Parc du Thabor, Carré Duguesclin, Rennes
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