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