If you had the chance to start from scratch, in a space of 8 metres by 10 metres, how would you do it? On an empty stage, four adventurers begin to construct the world from the very beginning. With ingenious theatre magic, using the greatest care and good grace, they gleefully invent laws of physics, music, language and social interaction. And with nothing more the most minimalist of tools onstage – guitars, pickaxes and microphones.
One of the most talked-about, amusing performances in recent years, Germinal uses the theatre as a whimsical metaphor for human civilisation. A deconstructionist performance if ever there was one, Germinal peels away the smoke and mirrors that accompany the usual theatre-going experience. By stripping away and breaking down, then building anew and crafting afresh, Germinal lightly encourages us to rethink all the things we thought we knew and relook at them with a fresh eye.
Goerger and Defoort are musicians, actors, philosophers, pranksters, artists and inventors who meld genres and upend codes. Their fun mix of visual art, theatre, music and sociology marked them as rising stars at the 2013 Avignon Festival. SIFA, in line with its tradition of introducing innovation and contemporary classics from the international arts scene, is proud to present Germinal.
Performed in French with English surtitles.
Produced by l’amicale de production.
SOTA Drama Theatre is located at 1 Zubir Said Drive, Singapore 227968
Halory Goerger creates shows instead of building houses or repairing animals because it’s better like that for everyone. He works on the history of ideas because that was the only topic left by the time he came along. Born in 1978, he evolved from poetry to performance and visual arts in 2004. Theater has become his major asset in plays such as &&&&& & &&&, Germinalor Corps Diplomatique. He co-curated France Distraction. He co-founded Amicale de Production.
Antoine Defoort tries to maintain a good atmosphere and a high level of porosity between his seasonal whims, life, as in real life, and contemporary art. He therefore often finds himself struggling with blatant contradictions that are either proudly assumed or shamefully hidden through the use of mind numbing non-sequiturs and wild digressions. Failures and accidents are welcomed with open arms and create a crispy granularity particularly appreciated by connoisseurs. He cofounded L’amicale de Production, a small production house in Lille / Brussels (France / Belgium).