2014 – 55 minutes
Thought of as a living picture, this performed essay seeks to deconstruct the spectacular aspect of contortion to transform the acrobatic language in a body language, a substance to representation, a scenic writing. The approach is inspired by paintings of Francis Bacon, to work on the “logic of sensation” (Deleuze). Cherepaka seeks to stimulate the imagination of the viewer through a narrative based on a reinterpretation of the technique of contortion.
Cherepaka represents the death of a Turtle. Composed of a shell and flesh, the Turtle carries with it the duality of the eternity of its shell and the death of its fiber that decays as it ages. Cherepaka represents the tension between the human quest for eternity and the death of its animal flesh. The being is corrupted from the moment it tries to build a shell – power, domination, control – which is meant to make it invincible to others and to death. Therefore, it kills the fragile beauty of human existence.
Created as part of an M.A degree in theater at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM)
Conception and performance — Andréane Leclerc
Sound and lighting design — Alexis Bowles
Costume design — Marilène Bastien
Dramaturgy consultant — Aline Muheim