If you had the chance to start from scratch, in a space of 8 metres by 10 metres, how would you do it? On an empty stage, four adventurers begin to construct the world from the very beginning. With ingenious theatre magic, using the greatest care and good grace, they gleefully invent laws of physics, music, language and social interaction. And with nothing more the most minimalist of tools onstage – guitars, pickaxes and microphones.
One of the most talked-about, amusing performances in recent years, Germinal uses the theatre as a whimsical metaphor for human civilisation. A deconstructionist performance if ever there was one, Germinal peels away the smoke and mirrors that accompany the usual theatre-going experience. By stripping away and breaking down, then building anew and crafting afresh, Germinal lightly encourages us to rethink all the things we thought we knew and relook at them with a fresh eye.
Goerger and Defoort are musicians, actors, philosophers, pranksters, artists and inventors who meld genres and upend codes. Their fun mix of visual art, theatre, music and sociology marked them as rising stars at the 2013 Avignon Festival. SIFA, in line with its tradition of introducing innovation and contemporary classics from the international arts scene, is proud to present Germinal.
Performed in French with English surtitles.
Produced by l'amicale de production.