Prologue by Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan)

“The European theatrical conventions of the 17th and 19th centuries tend to maintain the liturgical era of theatre which opposes the reality inside the theatre – onstage – with that on the outside – offstage. By materializing the physical structure of the theatre with the irruption of data collected on its periphery, we give the opportunity to observe the re-qualification of events and people that are governed by the stage and the postulates of theatre.”

Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet


In a given theatre, at the start of the show and lasting a time which will remain flexible, dancers run nonstop on a random course which brings them outside the theatre into the neighborhood so that they may provide an onstage account, individually and as a group, of events and situations noticed beyond the field of vision of the spectator. The dancers leave one at a time exiting through the audience and re-enter coming from backstage. They only stop running when they speak onstage. How many times they perform their journey and the distances covered outside the theatre depend on the number of dancers and the time allowed. The haphazard nature of dancers’ paths means that several of them may end up onstage at the same time.

“Prologue”, a strategy of the re|action process

Photo courtesy: les gens d’Uterpan

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