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"...we wanted to break the stage, literally break it" – an interview with Defoort and Goerger Sep 24, 2014

by Erin

In GERMINAL YOU REINVENT THE UNIVERSE, NO LESS! HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO WORK WITH SUCH A VAST BASIC PREMISE?


It was a crazy gamble. We imagined starting all over from scratch, organizing a finite universe consisting of only four people on an 8m by 10m stage. Those four people would grow and mature according to a somewhat Darwinian logic, like a theory of evolution pushed to the limit.

We did not proceed by elimination or by positive selection. Instead we asked ourselves what we would like to see, then we determined what we were going to put onstage.

For example, we wanted to break the stage, literally break it – abuse it, destroy it.

We were looking for a somewhat brutal violence of form, of materiality. That came about right at the beginning, even before we began writing the piece.

Onstage we explored the very beginnings of theatrical expression and then moved toward a more contemporary register: pantomime, language, vocalization, singing. How do you speak to an audience when you’re onstage?

Read the rest of the interview at Festival Transamériques

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