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Jonathan Capdevielle (FR)


18. sep. –19. sep. 2018

Ultimafestivalen 2018

Store scene 18.09.2018 19:00

Store scene 19.09.2018 19:00

“Using only the strengt of words, Jonathan Capdevielle resurrects his late teenage years, interspersed with his pathetic outings to nightclubs. Wearing a platinum blonde wig and stumbling on high heels, this runway from the Pyrenees never overdoes it. And yet, he blows us away with his metamorphoses.” Télérama, France

“Both splendid and desperate, Jonathan Capdevielle is like a night bird trying to reach the stars.” Les Inrockuptibles, France

French dramatist and performance artist Jonathan Capdevielle’s presents an unconventional self-portrait. With a cappella renditions of Madonna songs at its core, Adishatz/Adieu is a confessional documentary that shifts between real life and fantasy. Capdevielle plays different personas that explore his own roots and family background, his obsessions, transgenderism and nostalgia, and how the trashiest and most banal of pop music can reveal deep emotional truths.

This genre-crossing, experimental drama is a visceral, poignant, and at times uncomfortable, experience. Capdevielle takes us on an intimate journey reliving traumatic and awkward incidents from his youth, conducting multi-voiced dialogues, imitating Madonna and other 1980s pop singers, dressing in drag, having a conversation with his dying sister, and singing along with a male choir. Violence and death are never far away in this convoluted yet engrossing self-portrait.

Oslo audiences know Jonathan Capdevielle as the acclaimed performer in various Gisèle Vienne works. Since 2010, he has also created a very singular body of work and directed six pieces, both as a soloist and collaborator. In this directorial debut, he is the dancer, singer, ventriloquist, virtuoso actor, and unparalleled manipulator of objects; the aptly named “human jukebox” who leaves a lasting impression. Resolutely autobiographical, his work for theatre rummages through the narrow confines of the family unit and questions social determinism.

Av, med / Conception, performing: Jonathan Capdevielle. Lys / Light: Patrick Riou. Scene / Stage manager: Christophe Le Bris. Lyd / Sound manager: Johann Loiseau. Kunstnerisk samarbeid / Artistic collaboration: Gisèle Vienne. Kunstnerisk konsulent / Artistic consultant: Mark Tompkins. Lyd assistance / Audio assistance: Peter Rehberg. Turné assistent / Touring artistic assistant: Jonathan Drillet. Administrasjon, turné / Administration, touring: Fabrik Cassiopée: Isabelle Morel, Manon Crochemore. Med / With the participation of: ECUME university choral group of Montpellier. Musikalsk regi / Musical direction: Sylvie Golgevit. Med / with: Adam Bénichou-Frontin, Paco Lefort, Jean-Luc Martineau, Carlos Vasquez, Benoit Vuillon. Med hjelp fra / With the help of: DACM, Quartz, Scène Nationale de Brest. Utøvende produsent / Executive producer: Association Poppydog. Co-produksjon / Co-production: Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon dans le cadre de ]domaines[ (FR), Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté à Belfort dans le cadre de
l’accueil-studio (FR), BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen (NO). Støttet av / With the support of: Centre national de la Danse (FR).