Concept - Christian Taguet.
We all believe to know Frankenstein, the pathetic and oaf monster of James Wales films... and we are all wrong!
Frankenstein is the fruit of the pain.
Fantastic novel written by Mary Shelley, English young woman whose tortured life is symptomatic with the discrepancies of the 19th century: codified and ultra rigid society confronted with the thousand hopes of the scientific discoveries - electricity and biology, where the fabulous capacity of creation of God seems to be able to be caught up with by the man - and aspiration with new ways of thinking, inevitably more humanistic and spiritual.
This unnamed, phantom monster of a new command, is nothing compared with the person who created it. It is the torment and the ambition of the creator which are represented here. On scene, the characters want to build another world and are engaged at such point that they become their own creations. The decoration, of the same manner, changes with the wire of the history: university of Ingolstadt to the boat taken in the storms of Antartique, it becomes laboratory, castle, hospital...
Here, not of word, the body is language, creator and creature. Being based on a setting in scene where the contemporary dance mixes with the vocabulary of the circus, the group unceasingly tries to be confined of its image: leave there only the misadventures humanoùdes; some as hideous as the monster of Frankenstein and others as tenderizing as the ewe Dolly. When they reach the reason, it is the hatred and the revolt which carry them...
Horizontal continuations, jugglings, dances on the ground or air with one, two or three on a trapezoid, the characters go and come, are clutched, are challenged, flee in front of the horror of their inventions, fire and the grace mix and clash on technoùdes rhythms torn by the squeakings of an exciting saxophone.
This performance was born from the meeting of the Circus Baroque and the organizers of the Kunstfest Festival of Weimar - European cultural Capital in 1999 - articulated around the work of Wolfgang Deichsel on the promethean myth of Frankenstein.