Présentation

The myth of Faust, in its popular interpretations as well as in Christopher Marlowe’s 16th century Elizabethan tragedy, has inspired this performance created in June 1994 at the Théâtre de la Balsamine.

 

Smit’s choreography decidedly distances itself from the dramaturgy which he finds at times constraining. With L’Âme au Diable, Smits gives free rein to his yearning for dance and a more literal expression of homosexual desires which the relationship between Faust and Mephistopheles ideally allows. From this perspective, he still continues to draw on the lexicon of classical, modern, contemporary, ethnic and folkloric techniques, which he intentionally mixes, almost cynically, disregarding both formal and moral conventions. The dancers’ virtuosity enables Smits to freely explore and to push it to extremes in scenes whose erotic impact could occasionally be perceived as disturbing, if not provocative. The performance’s three-parted structure conform with the myth’s development, evoking the fatal pact between Faust and Mephistopheles, the seven deadly sins in which they wallow with delight, and the hell to which they are both doomed. The performers, almost interchangeable in their quest for pleasure marked by the seal of death, become engulfed in an exhausting performance, a “long, hectic agony” that ultimately leaves them exhausted, lying on the floor in pools of sweat. In many respects, this performance is a manifesto of the camp sensibility characteristic of many works created by homosexual artists, combining contrived aesthetics, heightened theatricality, dark irony and frivolous humour.

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Dates

The myth of Faust, in its popular interpretations as well as in Christopher Marlowe’s 16th century Elizabethan tragedy, has inspired this performance created in June 1994 at the Théâtre de la Balsamine.

 

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1994/01/29 29.01.1994 Vooruit Gand
1994/06/22 22.06 > 02.07.1994 Théâtre de la Balsamine Brussels
1994/09/09 09.09.1994 CC Luchtbal Anvers
1995/06/17 17 > 18.06.1995 Festival de teatro Gay y lesbico Barcelone (ES)
2002/01/07 07 > 23.01.2002 Théâtre Varia Brussels
2002/03/05 05 > 06.03.2002 De Velinx Tongres
2002/03/19 19 > 30.03.2002 Théâtre de l'Ancre Charleroi
2002/11/22 22 > 24.11.2002 Teatri di Vita Bologne (IT)
2002/11/27 27 > 30.11.2002 Les Tanneurs Brussels
2002/12/06 06 > 07.12.2002 CNCDC Chateauvallon Oullioules (FR)
2003/01/08 08 > 09.01.2003 Festival Faits D'Hiver Paris (FR)
2003/11/01 01 > 02.11.2003 Stadsschouwburg Groningen/Kruithuis Groningen (NL)

Distribution

— Chorégraphie

Thierry Smits

— Assistant

Michaël Sears

— Danseurs

Shaula Cambazzu, Ines Cera, Ken Hioco

— Autre danseur en tournée

Wei Meng Poon

— Musiques

Johan Sebastian Bach, Noise Maker's Fifes, Ivan Georgiev

 

— Scénographie

Peter Maschke

— Lumières

Vital Schraenen

— Costumes

Olivier Beriot, Corinne Bruand

— Direction de production

Iris Oehrle

 

— Diffusion

Lilian Bruinsma

— Production

Compagnie Thor

— Coproduction

Charleroi/Danses, Centre Chorégraphique de la Communauté Française (sous la direction de Frédéric Flamand)

— Avec le soutien du

Ministère de la Communauté Française, Direction Générale de la Culture, Service de la Danse

 

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