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Immoral Tales Part 1: Mother House
LIFT and the Barbican present
Part sci-fi punk, part warrior, Athena’s determined attempts to build a new Parthenon are only to be thwarted by a deluge in this amazingly poetic, highly physical performance without words.
Using just scotch tape and poles, our heroic builder painstakingly assembles a pile of cardboard, stabilising the rickety structure and shaping it with a chainsaw until a European landmark emerges. But as soon as the temple is complete, a foreboding cloud appears on the horizon, leaving us with stark images of creation and destruction.
Witness French artist Phia Ménard’s response to the Greek financial crisis with refugees being housed in tents and turbulent changes across Europe. Showing how quickly something can collapse, there are visions of a society facing ruin in this tension-filled, visually arresting show.
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Phia Ménard / Cie Non Nova (France)
Tue 16 – Sat 20 June
(no performance Thu 18)
There is no spoken dialogue in this piece
Post show discussion Wed 17 June
With Phia Ménard
Dramaturgy and Stage Direction
Phia Ménard and Jean-Luc Beaujault
Scenography and Performance
Music and Sound Space
Jean-Luc Beaujault, Pierre Blanchet and Rodolphe Thibaud
Fabrice Ilia Leroy
Co-director, Production & Administration
Assistant touring Coordinator
Produced by Compagnie Non Nova. Co-produced by documenta 14 – Kassel and Le Carré, Scène nationale et Centre d’Art contemporain du Château-Gontier.
Non Nova is subsidised by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication – DRAC des Pays de la Loire, Nantes City Council, the Conseil Régional des Pays de la Loire, the Conseil Départemental de Loire-Atlantique, the Institut Français (France’s international cultural relations body) and the BNP Paribas Foundation.
The company is based in Nantes.
The company Non Nova / Phia Ménard is currently associated artist at Malraux scène nationale Chambery Savoie, and the TNB, Centre Européen Théâtral et Chorégraphique de Rennes.
The project “Mother House” has received a special support from the Institut Français Institut français du Royaume-Uni, as part of its EnScène! programme, and the City of Nantes.
‘HER STAGE PRODUCTIONS FEATURE ALMOST NO TEXT AND OPERATE ON AN ARCHITECTURAL SCALE, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN CHOREOGRAPHY AND ART INSTALLATION. THEIR SLOW-MOVING TABLEAUX DWARF ANY HUMAN PRESENCE, LEAVING AUDIENCES WITH ENIGMATIC, ELEMENTAL IMAGES’