This uncategorisable experimental drama is a visceral, poignant and at times uncomfortable experience. Playing the part of numerous different characters, Capdevielle takes us on an intimate journey reliving traumatic and awkward incidents from his youth, conducting multi-voiced dialogues, imitating Madonna and other pop singers, dressing in drag, having a conversation with his dying sister, and chiming in with a five piece male choir. Violence and death are never far away in this twisted yet engrossing self-portrait.
French dramatist/performance artist Jonathan Capdevielle’s show is an unconventional self-portrait. With a cappella renditions of Madonna songs at its core, Adishatz is a confessional documentary that shifts between real life and dreams. Capdevielle plays a version of himself that explores his own roots and family background, his obsessions, transgenderism and nostalgia, and how the trashiest of pop music can reveal deep emotional truths.