Oh Louis…

starting from 10 years
  • 2019
    • Sat. 11 May. > 8pm


Tarif C
unité > 17 € / 14 € / 12 €
abo > 14 € / 10 € / 10 €

dance classical and baroque music outside the walls

de Robyn Orlin 

All along his career, Robyn Orlin skimmed many times over the figure of Louis XIV. The enfant terrible of South African dance turns the absolute king into an illegal refugee. In a highly ironical play, a role made to measure Benjamin Pech, ex-soloist dancer. Back in Africa after 300 years of absence, a little conventional Sun King takes his place in the audience. Wearing sweatsuit pants, he starts performing in the front row, his image reflecting in the back row thanks to mirror effect. Benjamin Pech, freshly retired from the Opéra de Paris performs the boasting of his Majesty without kingdom who tells off his court, picks his mistresses and sends his subjects on stage to dance in his place for he has a broken hip. Under the kitsch comedy exterior, Oh Louis… like all Robyn Orlin’s plays reveals a political subtext. The king’s gold covering the stage becomes a survival blanket and then turns into a murdering sea killing migrants dreaming about Europe. Louis XIV is also the black code, a law allowing white people to possess black people as « movable things »… This play mixes the choreographer’s obsessions ; discrimination, slavery and the spectacle of power.


avec Benjamin Pech, danseur et Loris Barrucand, clavecin
scénographie Maciej Fiszer  assisté d’Anouk Maugein
création lumières Laïs Foulc
création costumes Olivier Bériot assisté par le Studio Habeas Corpus
vidéo Eric Perroys et Robyn Orlin
film Milkshoot Vikram Gounassegarin
régie générale Jean-Marc L’Hositis
régie son et vidéo Arnaud Sallé
administration et diffusion Damien Valette
assistance administration et production Marion Paul
production City Theater and Dance group, Damien Valette Prod
coproduction Festival de danse de Cannes, Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, CNDC – Angers, avec le soutien du CND Centre National de la Danse, accueil en résidence
avec le soutien de la Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d’Île-de-France – Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication avec le soutien de Kinneksbond, Centre Culturel de Mamer

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