|Don Quichotte ! solo provisoire
Conception, choreography and interpretation : Dominique BOIVIN - Assisted by : Christine ERBÉ
Sound : François CAFFENNE - Video production : Christoph GUILLERMET - Lighting : Éric LAMY - Decor : Christine ERBÉ
Costumes : Diana LEMARCHAND
The idea of portraying Don Quixote has been ripening in my mind for several years. I feel that now is the time for me
to summon him, to inhabit him, to confront this character anchored in our collective memory. I think of Don Quixote
as wandering endlessly in a maze close to the Labyrinth (the symbol of the initiation journey to self discovery).
Both hero and victim of his obsessions, this knight of dispirited countenance goes on a long and difficult journey which is closer to resembling an ice-floe than a lush green garden. Transcribing this epic saga as a solo might seem paradoxical given the abundance of characters and situations evoked in the text. I chose this preconception to reinforce Don Quixote’s solitude, faced with worlds which he alone creates and perceives; the character of Sancho perhaps being but fiction,
the other half of the same brain – that of Don Quixote – the “wise” part of himself that he’d only call upon occasionally
so as to be able to fully live his dreams. As an interpreter, dancer, performer; I wish to portray Don Quixote as a bag
of bones; live his gauntness in an organic way; not be preoccupied with the narration or anecdotes, but grasp
with both hands the destiny of this “hero”: pathetic, obsolete, human.
Thanks to Bruno de Lavenère for his advice on the scenography, and to Jean-Marc Noël, Willy Defresne and Romy Deprez
for the set production.
COPRODUCTION : Company Beau Geste – Centre national de la danse de Pantin (National Dance Centre of Pantin) – Le Rayon vert, Approved Stage of Saint Valery en Caux – Conseil général de la Seine-Saint-Denis (Local Council for the Seine-Saint-Denis area) – Théâtre Louis Aragon, Approved Dance Stage of Tremblay-en-France.