LA VIE EST UNE VAPEUR… ET PUIS RIEN (life is a vapor ... then nothing)
Dominique Peysson and Olivier Goulet.
“La vie est une vapeur, légère buée qui mouille la paume de la main, et puis rien.”,
Jaime Garcia Terres. Celui-là était roi.
Supported by the research program "Vocality in theater and opera" of the Iris "Creation, Cognition and Society" (EHESS) supported by PSL, for the four performances of Kein Licht, Salle Favart in Paris, from 19 to 22 October 2017.
Life is a vapor ... and nothing is vanity.
The performance begins with a tea ceremony. The hot drink is offered to the public, when both artists drink their own cup. The two then enter a large transparent cabin, which they close on them. The public can see them through the glass perform a very simple form of dance on the model of butoh. Everyday gestures are evoked, very slowly to begin, then more quickly. Until the bodies at work exhale enough water vapor to cover the windows, partially masking the bodies to reveal only the deformed silhouettes of the two performers.
The communion between the artists and the public is facilitated by the sensation of warmth that everyone can feel while drinking his cup of hot tea: it spreads in everyone bodies, as in the performers bodies. The breath of life charges the air with a vapor that artists will give us to see, to better disappear. It is through the bodies that the circulation of the water takes place, to the surfaces of the cabin. Our inner warmth, our breath, our movements, are the signs that we are alive. Our materiality is expressed by the body that exhales its water. But in doing so, it veils the image of the bodies, leaving only ghostly silhouettes ... Water takes them away from everyone's eyes. And nothing.
Does not the Hebrew term "vanity" mean "vapor, mist, breath, light breath"?
Full video of the whole performance. 17mn51s
The two artists Dominique Peysson and Olivier Goulet presented for the first time "Life is a vapor ... and then nothing" at the Opéra Comique for the performances of Kein Licht.
In pre-show performances of Kein Licht, the EHESS, Karine Le Bail, CNRS and PSL University, suggested that we present the performance "Life is a vapor ... and then nothing », Dominique Peysson and Olivier Goulet. Two installations by Dominique Peysson were also exhibited, Traffic 3.0 and Etude de nuages, accompanied by a cycle of mini-scientific conferences and citizen debates.
"The" pre-shows "that precede the moment of music constitute a particular space-time where the public is as much inhabited by desire and by questions to ask. So much that one often feeds this time apart of an additional material to think the art work in its historical, musical and philosophical context. "
Karine Le Bail
Kein Licht, Opéra Comique.