The return of Georges Aperghis to the stage with a theater of aberrations of robotics. A living quartet (song, voice, gesture), dear to the author of Machinations and Luna Park, is joined by a new, invasive, protagonist: a robot totem, designed with Pierre Nouvel and Olivier Pasquet that assures the extension of human functions. What do we preserve and what do we forsake of listening, of looking, of speech, of speech and touch? Thinking Things puts learning circuits between man and machine back into play, mocking rituals, children’s games, a funeral ceremony or a resurrection. A new cohabitation of man with his creature, a terminal for pain or joy, Thinking Things doesn’t employ the traditional, apocalyptic vision of the robot. Close to the carnival humor of Méliès, this scherzo-panic is that of life: coding the unpredictable and striking the unexpected.
Georges Aperghis director and composition
Pierre Nouvel video creation & design, and robot programing
Daniel Lévy set & lighting design
Olga Karpinsky costume design, property master
Émilie Morin assistant director
Olivier Pasquet IRCAM computer music design
With Donatienne Michel-Dansac, Richard Dubelski, Johanne Saunier, Lionel Peintre
GEORGES APERGHIS THINKING THINGS, Premiere 2018
In connection with the exhibition "Coder le monde" at the Centre Pompidou.
Thinking Things, trailer
Donatienne Michel-Dansac studied violin and piano. She holds a diploma from the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris and performs works from the repertoire, ranging from...
Georges Aperghis (b. 1945) has worked for over 30 years on the invention of musical theater that he defines as “an invasion of the theatrical temple by the abstract power of musical organization”. ...