Photo: Julien Benhamou

Florent Siaud / Les songes turbulents / Michel Vinaver

Nina, c’est autre chose

Theatre + Dance

 

It’s the 1976 Paris heat wave, and two forty-something brothers are still sharing an apartment. Their simple, routine lives are disrupted by the arrival of 24-year-old Nina, whose spontaneity and fresh perspective lead each of the brothers to listen to their desires. While the shadow of unemployment, the trap of racism, and the misery of their jobs threatens to bring the brothers down, Nina’s free spirit helps them discover how to be more open to the “other” and learn about the joy of dancing as a way to counter the weight of self-involvement. 

Capturing the aura of 1970s liberation, Michel Vinaver’s clever “chamber piece” is composed of scenes where the desire for freedom is at stake, not unlike Éric Rohmer’s Conte d’été. The brothers, played by Eric Bernier and Renaud Lacelle-Bourdon, lead a day-to-day life punctuated by “bathing”, shared meals, and arguments, along with Nina, played by Eugénie Anselin; the three find in tango partners Doble Filo a way to press pause on the drudgery of their lives. Playing in an accessible form of musically-infused theatre, Les Songes Turbulents put aside the explosive style of post-dramatic theatre (Kane & Müller) in favour of a bitter-sweet lyrical journey.

 

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Text
  • Michel Vinaver
Director
  • Florent Siaud
With Renaud Lacelle-Bourdon, Eric Bernier, Eugénie Anselin, Chloé Pfeiffer & Lysandre Donoso (who make up the duo Doble Filo, France)
Set Design
  • Philippe Miesch
Costumes
  • Jean-Daniel Vuillermoz
Lighting
  • Cédric Delorme-Bouchard
Video
  • David B. Ricard
Choreography
  • Marilyn Daoust
Hair and Make-up
  • Catherine Saint-Sever
Director’s Assistants
  • Valéry Drapeau, Pierre-Damien Traverso
Coproducers
  • Comédie de Picardie + Compagnie Les songes turbulents + Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg + LA SERRE_arts vivants
With the support of
  • SPEDIDAM

Les Songes Turbulents is a company conceived as an laboratory for exchange, whose mission is to plumb the depths of what makes us human, down to our most hidden basic impulses. The company has developed a language that eschews imitating reality in favour of exploring the uncanniness of the world at large. They mounted Müller’s Quartett in 2013, followed by a European tour of Combattimento (based on the music of Monteverdi) into 2015. Songes produced or co-produced Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis in 2016 and Étienne Lepage’s Toccate et fugue in 2017. Nina, c’est autre chose is their first foray into a lighter dramatic register.