By BadNewsFromTheStars Directed by Julie Beauvais and Horace Lundd
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Based on the novel ORLANDO by Virginia Woolf, this performative and immersive installation is a journey through the senses to a land where there are no differences between men and women.
Based on Virginia Woolf’s novel of the same name - which deals with topics like sexual dissidence, androgyny and the obsoleteness of the binary gender paradigm - ORLANDO is an experience that combines opera, conscious movement, video installations, architecture and live music. Its director, Julie Beauvais, choreographs a series of expansive slow movements with people she calls “precursors”. These current-day Orlandos repeat the exercise on a vast outdoor stage in places like Berlin, Kinshasa, Marfa, London, Varanasi, Belo Horizonte, Lisbon, Chandolin and Patagonia while Horace Lundd, the other director, films them. The team’s architects have created a stage that projects these videos simultaneously, lined up one next to the other, all connected by a common horizon. The result is a nomadic opera that is traveling light though the world, building its stage wherever it performs using locally-sourced materials and whose score, written by Christophe Fellay, is played by local musicians.
Cast and crew
Artistic director and choreographer: Julie Beauvais | Director of photography: Horace Lundd | Music and soundtrack: Christophe Fellay | Set designers: Sibylle Kössler, Wynd van der Woude | Created and performed by: Michael John Harper, Orakle Ngoy, Winsome Brown, Carolyn Cowan, Nyima, Diego Bagagal, August Schaltenbrand, Natalia Chami, Valentina Bordenave, Frans W.M. Franssens | Guest artists in Chile: TBC | Produced by: BadNewsFromTheStars and Horace Lundd | Coproduced by: La Bâtie Festival, Geneva | Associated producers: LAPIS/EPFL (Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne), Strasbourg Particle Accelerator| With support from: the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia; Pro Helvetia-COINCIDENCIA; CNC (National Film and Animated Image Center); DICRéAM (development and production); Romande Vaud Lottery; Romande Valais Lottery; Canton du Valais (cultural service); DRAC (Grand Est Regional Department for Cultural Affairs, to encourage creation); Grand Est support for live performances and the visual arts; Geneva Town Council (Finance and Housing Department); HEAR (Rhineland School of Art).
Art using body and gender
Julie Beauvais’ work in theater, opera and installations has been exhibited and put on in several countries and is far from being confined to the limits of a theater venue, involving public space in the widest possible sense of the word and bringing installations combined with opera to different areas. Born in Switzerland, she graduated from the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris and began her career as a director in the United States. For the last seven years, she’s been traveling through the world, exploring different forms of theater in different political and social contexts. In 2006, she began working in opera, directing numerous pieces.
Art using body and gender
Horace Lundd’s work is resolutely anchored in contemporary creation, using platforms like videos and performances to search out new forms of narration in art in order to tell stories. His work is based on staging the social constructions of gender in order to eliminate the binary structures inherited from masculine domination’s historical supremacy. He has a Masters of Arts from the Rhineland School of Arts in Strasbourg. He’s been collaborating regularly with artists such as Apollo Noir, Yanis and Julie Beauvais on installations, productions and videos since 2015.
“I don’t know if it’s because it makes us forget our opinions on the differences between men and women, but ORLANDO is an experience that gives us space”.
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