TOYS - 2017
"However full of sadness a man may be, he is happy for the time, if you can prevail upon him to enter into some amusement." Blaise Pascal, The Thoughts
TOYS represents the game, the absolute, the disguise of human tragedy as a constant celebration. It is the wild pursuit of pleasure to trick the wait, it is the loss of oneself within a group, the morning after' the hangover, the oblivion.
It is the end of a party, the fall down of euphoria, the moment when bodies bask, when souls become lost and save one another. If “waiting is the essential aspect of our human condition” (The Theatre of the Absurd, Martin Esslin), then does forgetting become our salvation? Are pleasures becoming tricks into which we lose ourselves to forget the waiting?
Choreography & Direction: Léa Tirabasso
Collaborators and Dancers: Joss Carter, James Finnemore, Georges Maikel Pires Monteiro, Rosie Terry Toogood, Elsa Petit // with the collaboration of dancers: Michael Barnes, Luke Divall, Lewis Wilkins
Composer: Martin Durov
Dramaturge: Guillaume Pigé
Project Manager: Mathis Junet
The Place, London (UK)
TROIS C-L, Luxembourg (LU),
Mierscher Kulturhaus (LU), TripSpace London (UK),
GFTA Arts Council England,
JOJO - Dance Centre Oulu, Finland (FI),
CDC Grenoble, France (FR),
Ballet de Lorraine (FR),
Grand Studio de Bruxelles (BE),
stART-up Oeuvre de la Grande Duchesse Charlotte (LU),
Fondation Inpdépendance (LU).
P R E S S - - - > >
"with a cast as outrageously physical as Joss Carter, James Finnemore, Elsa Petit, Georges Maikel Pires Monteiro and Rosie Terry Toogood, the balance is predestined to excess. Tirabasso nevertheless reins it all in with a simple expedient in the form of a prologue and an epilogue that remind us of the moral implications of the work."
Nicholas Minns, Writing about dance - UK
"TOYS is absorbing and exhausting to watch. The ensemble work flat out. It’s compulsive viewing; Tirabasso deftly fashions a window onto humanity, a tribe fundamentally ill at ease with itself.
Philippa Newis - UK
"Very anchored in our time. Like the characters of American Director Sofia Coppola. And if the comparison
is so tempting, it is that Léa Tirabasso shows on stage a certain golden youth who can afford the luxury of boredom. Nevertheless here, the varnish flakes quickly and the behaviours quickly turn into trash"
"It is bloodcurdling despite the fiery rhythms of Fever or Mighty real. It's very dark."
Florence Becanne, Le Jeudi - LU
"As time goes by, the sexual connotation becomes explicit while the gesture disintegrates. One thinks when seeing the dancers staggering about some bacchanalian ritual where the primitive and rude gaiety tries to hide an existential void."
Marie-Laure Rolland, Wort – LU
"There are ups and downs, haunting beats and folk rhythms, the bodies take all the music that is given to them in grazing, they only have this energy of rescue, the pleasure believed like buoy of survival, there is neither hell nor heaven nor escape possible. TOYS is a show of an every moment intensity, with dancers-actors investing their whole soul in a dizzying and brutal trip, on a hallucinatory soundtrack."
Paulo Lobo, Paperblog - FR
"Hectic and young, silly and self-forgetful, it is less graceful and poetic than it is wild and frenetic"
Sophie Schülke Letzebuerger Journal - LU
3, 4, 5 January 2017, Banannefabrik (LU)
3 June 2017, The Place (UK)
12 October 2018, Seoul International Dance Festival (SK)
Paulo Lobo (1-4)
Danilo Moroni (5-9)