©Guillaume Pilet

Guillaume Pilet(CH)

The Dramaticon

Work in progress

  • 30’
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Conception, écriture et mise en scène: Guillaume Pilet. Soliste: Valérie Danesin. Choristes: Laure Aubert, Max Hauri, Caroline Imhof et Estelle Vidon. Conception des décors et des costumes: Guillaume Pilet. Composition musicale: Ifé Niklaus. Arrangements : Marc Bonzon. Production: Julie Lang et Jean-Rodolphe Petter. Coproduction: Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique contemporain. Soutiens: Loterie Romande, Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art, Canton de Vaud, Migros Vaud, Ville de Lausanne.

This is the final work-in-progress presentation preceding the piece of the same name that will be presented at Arsenic from May 31st to June 3rd. The Dramaticon is an opera in English, imagined and written by the artist Guillaume Pilet.

The Dramaticon is the story of a disturbing mermaid on the decline; a rotten egg so narcissistic that it does not notice the worms that are eating it from the inside out; a pirate bird and a bipolar satin bear; a rudimentary monkey and a boy whose body is covered in waves. It is an opera in English, imagined and written by the plastic artist Guillaume Pilet. A freeform meditation by the artist on the subject of his life, tinged with humour and poetry, that asks metaphysical questions: How do our dead accompany us, how do our memories haunt us? How do we, the living, struggle with our passions?