Adieu et merci

Adieu et merci

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The cosmos, it’s everywhere, as Marguerite Duras used to say: « Here is everywhere and everywhere is here.» There is a convention, an object, a performance, a space shuttle. An object which surrounds us (the theatre), an object in front of me: myself. It’s the same. In front of me or around me, it’s always myself. Adieu et merci (Farewell and thank you). Nothing will have taken place but the place. Axel Bogousslavsky said recently on a radio programme that the voice of Marguerite Duras — an inimitable, recognisable voice — allowed us to hear in its journey what there was before birth (nothing) and what there is after death (nothing). That this voice, so harmonically rich, could suggest this: the cosmos of everything we do not want to think about. Latifa Laâbissi has this sorceror’s power, this gift. Adieu et merci. I am here, but momentarily. Instantaneously. She dances a dance which is – in my view – not a solo, but a quartet. At least. She deploys a war machine in the round, cyclical and effective, seeing what is at stake: the before and after, separated by us, our passage. / Yves-Noël Genod


    Conception and performance: Latifa Laâbissi
    Set Design & Concept : Nadia Lauro
    Figure : Nadia Lauro/ Latifa Laâbissi
    Lighting Design:
    Yves Godin
    Sound Design: Manuel Coursin
    Thanks to: Yves-Noël Genod and Isabelle Launay
    Technical Direction:
    Ludovic Rivière


    Date of creation : 2013
    Running time : 45 minutes

    Production :
    Figure Project
    Executive producer : Latitudes Prod – Lille []
    Les Spectacles vivants - Centre Pompidou at Paris, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Musée de la danse - CCNRB, Théâtre National de Bretagne à Rennes, Le Phare - CCN du Havre Haute-Normandie, Open Latitudes network, Le Vivat - scène conventionnée d’Armentières, French Institute/ City of Rennes
    With support from
    the Tanzquartier Wien and from the CNDC Angers - Direction Emmanuelle Huynh (2012).

    Photo Credit :
    © Nadia Lauro
    © Marc Domage