Fri 13 Feb 2016 at 8:30 pm
The Marsyas Hour
Benjamin Seror presents his last opus, between a rock opera and a documentary on the mythological character of Marsyas. Adopting the projective power of language, music and paper decors, he constructs a jubilatory story.
Benjamin Seror’s new project concerns Marsyas, a character from Greek mythology condemned to wander between the land of the dead and the land of the living after losing a music competition with the god Apollo. Marsyas has to confront a mysterious enemy by using his own thoughts, as he moves around between fiction and reality. The performance was conceived as a long documentary narrative during which elements of scenery make their appearance. The performance evokes ghosts of film, art history, day-to-day adventures, and magic. But, as always with Seror, the real subjects are language and improvisation.
Combining the figures of poet, singer and storyteller, Benjamin Seror likes to feature himself in theatrical performances that have both theoretical and narrative power. He gives us the fruit of his thoughts about the way history is transmitted, by questioning the way our memory, which can be both real and invented, presents things. His evocative titles give us ways of interpreting a complex piece full of exogenous knowledge, amusing digressions with varying degrees of logicality and highly appealing music. Seror’s production involves language and its potential for revealing our memory of things which it is possible we never experienced.
coproduction Playground (STUK Kunstencentrum & M-Museum Leuven) / Ferme du Buisson
Performance Day is coproduced with the Playground festival, (STUK Kunstencentrum & M-Museum Leuven), with support from the Agency for Arts and Heritage of Flanders, as part of the project "Alfred Jarry Archipelago" initiated by La Ferme du Buisson Centre for Contemporary Art in Noisiel (France), Le Quartier Centre for Contemporary Art in Quimper (France) and Museo Marino Marini in Florence (Italy). The venture is part of Piano, the Franco-Italian art exchange platform, in collaboration with M-Museum and the STUK Kunstencentrum in the framework of Playground in Leuven (Belgium).
duration 1:20 hours