Tent Village - J4 Esplanade
A woman, a pianist, a mirror. A carrier of stories, of tales, and of mythologies, the mirror is also the object of existential questioning, of frightening conversations with oneself. Alone with this mirror, the woman will confront her own reflection, pass through it, trick it in an aerial choreography that is as dizzying as it is poetic. Do we only have an idea of what is happening on the other side? Does looking ourselves in the eyes inform us of our own integrity? We can always try to save appearances, but lies will continue to reside in our reflection. The sound of the piano accompanies this dance of phantasmagoric escapes; a mise en abyme from which spouts the source of our inward nature.
Concept, Performance: Mélissa Von Vépy
Musical Composition and Piano: Stéphan Oliva
Artistic Collaboration: Angélique Willkie
Lighting: Xavier Lazarini
General and Lighting Technician: Sabine Charreire
Set Design: Dominique Grand
Costume: Suzanne Maia
“...Mélissa Von Vépy offers a moment of aerial and poetic grace [...]. Beautiful, staggering, sublime. A miraculous half hour of pure beauty. [...] we are touched by this masterful and poetic magic. We cry and we applaud...Go see the show!" – Figaro Blog
Happés' creations are unusual in their aerial and theatrical dimensions and are largely multidisciplinary. They deal with essential human questions by using artistic metaphor and involving each viewer through his or her perception, reality, and imagination.
In the course of the multiple scales of the vertical axis lies an instant that encompasses all possibilities, in which the being stands at the limit of flight, brushing the ground, weightless.
This fugitive floating state, between grace and clumsy wavering, evokes a space of inexhaustible research that the company explores through its creations: Un Certain Endroit du Ventre (2001), Temps Troubles (2003), I Look Up, I Look Down... (2005), Croc / En Suspens (2007), Dans la Gueule du Ciel (2009), Miroir, Miroir (2009)*, VieLLeicht (2013)*, J’ai Horreur du Printemps (2015)*.
* Shows currently being performed