Photo : Les Ogres © Robert Mueth
The Ogres (Les Ogres)
Thank you for coming
(Belgium)
Cannibalistic theatre and carnivorous dark comedy
This modern trash comedy from the young Brussels theatre company, Thank You For Coming, chews up social and moral codes in a fierce, voracious critique of today’s world. John-John Mossoux and Sara Selma Dolores offer up joyous and absurd black humour with a cruel and irreverent twist, provoking belly laughs.

In the Land of the Fatties and the Land of the Skinnies, preparing a “leg of human with saffron cream, ginger and cilantro” requires a dose of public solidarity to carefully wake up the ogre lying dormant in each of us. In this modern trash comedy from the young Brussels theatre company, Thank You For Coming, John-John Mossoux and Sara Selma Dolores, chew up and spit out social and moral codes in a fierce, voracious critique of today’s world that draws exploding laughter. The no-holds-barred and delightfully absurd, intense, cruel and blood-streaked dark humour is not for the faint of heart or faint of stomach.

Starting off from the statement “Tell me who you eat and I’ll tell you who you are”, the young theatre company continues on from the carnivorous food and urban themed Boudin & Chansons (2012) by inviting itself to the Land of the Ogres. In it, two cannibal actors, John-John Mossoux and Sara Selma Dolores tell a modern fairy tale story, in a world where inalienable injustice reigns. In the Kingdom Far Away, between the Land of the Fatties and the Land of the Skinnies, there is a war on people picking at each other’s plates. But the Ogres are already there to take advantage of the gullibility of the Fatties, stressed out by their fear of the Skinnies.

The pair of actors serves up the audience (or should we say smorgasbord of fresh meat) a no-holds-barred and uninhibited verbal tirade complete with crude words, slang from fifteenth-century French poet François Villon and modern urban “street” talk. Everyone is hauled over the coals in these frenzied and biting exchanges, as the pair lick, eat, regurgitate and swallow whatever is at hand. Constant interaction with the audience leaves the roughed up and man-handled spectators happily and deliciously begging for more. Behind all the dark and cutting humour, the gut-splitting laughter and trashy absurdities, the chiselled and spot-on writing from Thank You For Coming paints a poignant and irreverent picture critiquing today’s societies.

BIOGRAPHY

Founded in Brussels in 2011 by Swiss-born Sara Amari, the Thank You For Coming Company was born out of the urgent need to create a food-centred production “right away, right now”. Boudin & Chansons, a street music punk-java-feminist show featuring a singing duo of women who love men and pigs (with Anne-Fleur Inizan and Sara Selma Dolores) was the company’s first production and went on to be performed over two hundred times across France, Belgium and Switzerland. Thank You For Coming uses music, opera, puppets, performance and improvisation to emphasise audience interaction, a taste for the irreverent, performance and a passion for profuse jargon, slang and regionally-infused language. True to the name Zinneke (nickname of the people of Brussels, meaning stray dog or bastard), Thank You For Coming defines itself as a “team of bastards, proud of its mixed identity and close to your regular bloke”. After Jean Présentateur (solo performance from John-John Mossoux) and Les Hôtesses (new improv show from Anne-Fleur Inizan and Sara Selma Dolores), Les Ogres was a 2015 production from the company. Today it is working on a new food-centred show, Finis ton assiette (2018).

DISTRIBUTION

Writing : Sara Amari
Performed by : John-John Mossoux and Sara Selma Dolores
Theatrical adaptation : Anne Festraets
Set design : Moni Wespi
Music : Stéphane Povitch Augsburger
Stage management : Jofroi Smet.

PRODUCTION

Production : Cie Thank you for Coming
Coproduction : Archipel, Scène conventionnée, Festival Sortie de Bain
In partnership with : La Roseraie, S.A.C.D, C.A.R, Animakt, Latitude 50, Ecriture en Campagne, L’Atelier (devenir.be)
Show supported by le Fonds culturel de la Société Suisse des Auteurs (SSA) et la Fédération des Arts de la Rue Suisse (FARS)
With the support of Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Direction générale de la Culture, Service du Cirque, des Arts Forains et de la Rue.

Saturday 07 July 2018
16:30 > 17:30
Ecole Liberté, Entrée rue des Carmes, Rennes
Saturday 07 July 2018
20:30 > 21:30
Ecole Liberté, Entrée rue des Carmes, Rennes
Sunday 08 July 2018
14:30 > 15:30
Ecole Liberté, Entrée rue des Carmes, Rennes
Sunday 08 July 2018
17:30 > 18:30
Ecole Liberté, Entrée rue des Carmes, Rennes

1h
Free
Métro : République / Bus : Toutes les lignes desservant le centre-ville / Arrêt de Bus : République - Liberté TNB / Vélo : République - TNB - Liberté
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Ecole Liberté, Entrée rue des Carmes, Rennes
Ecole Liberté, Entrée rue des Carmes, Rennes
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