À blanc

An anonymous figure of a woman is at the centre of this performance. She expresses within her all the ambiguity that is contained in war. Stories are weaved, tableau take form, there wherever Madam and her mythology decides to be: a bellowing mother, an oriental pasionaria, an erotic Sybil, a drowning victim, a suspended guardian or a pinned down prisoner.

Humour, nevertheless, is far from absent whilst she scrutinize her vehemence and meets her forgotten animal side head-on. These are fabulated situations where gesture paints our very real violence in imaginary lines.

A Blanc is the fruit of an encounter between Pascale Houbin and Patrick Bonté who have brought together their two different artistic practices, their sensibility and their cultures. More than an exchange, the performance endeavours to reveal the interaction between movement, theatrical intent and the images that unites them.

Concept Patrick Bonté, Pascale Houbin
Choreography Pascale Houbin
Direction Patrick Bonté
Performer Pascale Houbin
Conception machinerie Pierre-Jean Verbraeken
Costumes Colette Huchard
Make up Jean-Pierre Finotto
Objects Philippe Binard
Light Patrick Bonté
Sound mix Patrick Bonté, Pascale Houbin
Montage et mixage de la bande son Patrick Bonté
Technical direction Denis Rion

Production: Cie Mossoux-Bonté and Cie Non de Nom (France), in coproduction with l'Etablissement Public du Parc de la Grande Halle de la Villette dans le cadre des résidences d’artistes 2004, Paris, le Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines et Le Rayon Vert – Scène Conventionnée, Saint-Valéry-en-Caux (France) et Les Brigittines – Centre d’Art contemporain du Mouvement de la Ville de Bruxelles (Belgium), with the support of Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles, Dance department and Wallonie-Bruxelles International.