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This show is inspired by “The Human Voice” by Jean Cocteau, revisited by the actor-dancers of the Créahm and exterior professionals following the methodology of Pina Bausch. As in “The Human Voice”, “Cueillir et pleurer de rire” portrays a woman in pain trying in vain to win her former lover back, with the telephone as the sole method of communication. A melancholy envelopes the narrative. Moods and emotions travel through the ordinary and the extraordinary.
This monologue is the dramatic start of the play. The choice may seem difficult, but it is so clear in the moods and emotions that, for the disabled performers, it will be the outcome, or rather the result of long drawn-out work rehearsed in the workshop. The thematic option that is the link to “The Human Voice” is desertion, a devastating love...
The work is multidisciplinary, a mix of live and pre-recorded video images showing the scenes of life interacting with the live action on stage. The actor-dancers are on the stage in a “closed circuit” image, visible on screen and at other times visible in flesh and bone by the audience. An interplay on being visible and invisible. A precise synopsis on to which improvisations are added. So the improvisation becomes a visible and living force of the work.