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Antoine Defoort and Halory Goerger
France

Germinal

Conceived by Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort

Venue Project Arts Centre
Date 26 Sep - 28 Sep 
Duration 80 mins



Cast Arnaud Boulogne, Ondine Cloez, Antoine Defoort, Halory Goerger, Mathilde Maillard
Technical Direction Mael Teillant
Lighting and Video Sebastien Bausseron
Sound Robin Mignot
Production l'Amicale de production

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In the beginning there was nothing. Then there was light. Then darkness. And then light again.

Germinal is a playful and inventive production in which four performers draw from sources as diverse as philosophy, strategy video games and the films of Jacques Demy to conjure a universe in a black box. Using simple theatre tools - mixers, microphones, intercoms - they discover telepathy and invent speech, moving quickly to construct the very foundations of social interaction. The explorers map reality bit by bit in speech bubbles, on digital screens and in exuberant sing-alongs. As their environment becomes increasingly complex, a challenge is posed: in a world-system founded on categories and classifications, how can they maintain togetherness?

Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort move freely between visual art, music and interactive performance, combining their eclectic interests to create constantly shifting visions of theatre.

Performed in French with English surtitles.

With the support of the French Embassy in Ireland and the Institut Francais

"an intricate, hilarious word game." **** The Irish Times
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