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Les Paroles Impossibles

Due to the current pandemic situation, "Les Paroles Impossibles" unfortunately has to be cancelled.
Instead, we will stream the film "Les grands fantômes" by Yoann Bourgeois.

"Les grands fantômes
by Yoann Bourgeois
Director: Louise Narboni


The pieces of the exceptional French artist Yoann Bourgois always move on the border between circus and dance, but are also visibly influenced by the visual arts. The almost unbelievable sequences of movements in his spectacular choreographies sometimes seem almost like digital animation. The laws of physics do not seem to apply to him and his performers. Gravity, rotation, balance - these are all recurring leitmotifs in Bourgeois' unique pieces. What place could be more predestined as a backdrop than the Panthéon in Paris? At the highest point of the Hall of Fame hangs Foucault's pendulum, the proof of our earth's rotation. In 2018, Bourgeois developed his performance "Les grands fantômes" as part of the "Monuments en Mouvement" festival, which deals with the culture of memory.

The grey stone statues seem to come to life, climb a spinning staircase, fall, tumble and fly up again. With the support of a trampoline, seesaw and turntable, the performers transform the historic site into a lively scene of spectacular acrobatics.
An impressive, award-winning film was created from the live performance. Excerpts from it have become hits on YouTube with millions of clicks. As we are unfortunately unable to show Yoann Bourgeois' latest work "Les paroles impossibles" live at the Ruhrfestspiele this year due to Corona, we are presenting the complete film, for the first time with German subtitles for the texts spoken to the chreographies.

Les Films Jack Fébus
Co-production with France Télévisions, Culturebox, M_Media, Mezzo, Centre des mouvements nationaux, SVT

With: Yurié Tsugawa, Elise Legros, Jean-Yves Phuong, Sonia Delbost-Henry, Estelle Clément-Béalem, Raphaël Defour, Yoann Bourgeois, Damien Droin, Emilien Janneteau, Lucas Struna
Creation and scenography: Yoann Bourgeois
Costumes: Sigolène Petey
Music: Franz Schubert

Created by and with a performance of Yoann Bourgeois, assisted by Marie Bourgeois
Co-production with CCN2 – Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble, France
German premiere

A man stands alone onstage with a microphone. He begins to speak, he stammers, he stutters, he pauses – he fails. He begins again. Yet it is not just the microphone that is this performer’s adversary; the entire stage is an obstacle course replete with falling spotlights, tangled curtains, and unexpected trap doors. The exceptional acrobat and choreographer Yoann Bourgeois is caught up in this corporeal tour de force, he jumps, dances, stumbles, and flies across the stage. He embodies Beckett’s famous bon mot: “Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Bourgeois’ shows regularly defy the laws of gravity. Audiences all over the world celebrate the French acrobat’s unique brand of physical poetry that transcends the boundaries between circus and dance. “Les Paroles Impossibles” is this performer’s passion project that was four years in the making. It is therefore only fitting that the theatrical space itself takes center stage in this wildly imaginative new production. In a world overcome with efficiency, Bourgeois offers much needed respite with his humorous meditations on the art of failure.

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