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MALSTRØM 68N/ part 1
Sandrine Teixido / Aurélien Gamboni

In collaboration with Théo Keiflin and Raphaël Raccuia
With the participation of Boris Borcic, Quentin Lannes, Alexandra Nurock, Charles-Elie Payre and Maria Adelaida Samper

Théâtre de l'Usine, Geneva, 24 september – 4 october 2014

MALSTRØM 68N takes place in the context of a long-term investigation led by Aurélien Gamboni and Sandrine Teixido, based on the Edgar Allan Poe short story "A Descent into the Maelström" (1841). Considering this tale to be a powerful conceptual tool, Sandrine and Aurélien have collected narratives and testimonies that profoundly resonate with Poe's story, allowing for an interrogation of the perception of environmental changes.

After having brought the maelström in Lausanne and Porto Alegre, having adapted and expanded it so that it could find in each context a new agency, the next step naturally consists in carrying it back to the site of the plot itself: in the Lofoten archipelago, on the 68th parallel North, a place that Edgar Poe himself never visited.

Structured in two parts, with a first performance preceding the expedition, followed by a second performance which will then close the investigation, this project aims at contrasting, on the one hand, the architecture of the tale, the detailed description of the maelström and the interpretation potentials it raises; with, on the other hand, the actual "malstrøm" phenomenon (this time in its Norwegian spelling) as it can be directly observed, the narratives circulating on the subject among the people of the Nordland, and the way they can re-appropriate Poe's tale to re-consider their own matters of concern.


> investigation: Into the maelström
> projects: MALSTRØM 68N/ part.2, Théâtre de l'Usine, Geneva
Surfando no Dilúvio (maelström Porto Alegre), 9e Bienal do Mercosul
L’assemblée maelström, Festival Les Urbaines, Lausanne

Into the maelström, Swiss Art Awards, Basel
> texts: Le maelström par Grégory Quenet

MALSTRØM 68N / part 1 at Théâtre de l'Usine Photo Isabelle Meister


The first part of MALSTRØM 68N focuses on the upcoming expedition, as an inventory preceding the travel. The numerous sources which gravitate around Poe's maelström are convened, with the help of a group of readers. The investigation narrative then leads up to Brazil, and anticipates on the future developements in the High North. The performance closes on a re-composition of the sound materials conducted by Raphaël Raccuia.


Conception et mise en scène : Aurélien Gamboni et Sandrine Teixido
Mise en scène et collaboration artistique : Théo Keifflin
Création sonore et jeu : Raphaël Raccuia
Création lumière: Arnaud Viala
Interprétation : Boris Borcic, Aurélien Gamboni, Quentin Lannes, Alexandra Nurock, Charles-Elie Payre, Raphaël Raccuia, Maria Adelaida Samper, Sandrine Teixido
Coordination, production exécutive et collaboration : Fanny Bénichou
Production : retro:projet et LMEC
Co-production : Théâtre de l’Usine
Partenariats: projet de recherche ANR « Facing environmental, societal and climatic change » (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines); Utopiana, résidence d'artistes

Soutiens : Ville de Genève, Loterie romande, Pro Helvetia, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Services Industriels de Genève, Fondation Ernst Göhner

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