Souffles is a staged ritual of mourning, assuming the form of a seance one time and of a circus trick another. Light on stage is dispersed, the voice of Vincent Dupont is distorted and exaggerated. Long-drawn-out metallic sounds, moaning and rumble express the pain of a human being, bereaved of a close friend or relative. The word and sound are matched with a sumptuous repertoire of gestures and elements of an utterly pure dance. The director combines tragedy with comedy, gravity with parody, aesthetics with bad taste, medieval imagination with modernity. The show joins up in two movements: the first, called by the artist “inspiration”, evokes the image of death, the second, “expiration”, attempts to seize its power. Thus, the artist takes up the issue of boundary between life and death, body and soul, being and disappearing. He presents madness, emptiness of faith and a strong yearning to understand the incomprehensible.
VINCENT DUPONT is an actor, dancer and choreographer, working at the meeting point of theatre, dance, performance and visual arts installation. He cooperated with Boris Charmatz and Hubert Colas, among others. In 2001 he created his first show Jachères improvisations. In 2007 he was granted SACD award in the “Choreography and new talent” category. In his works he explores the intersections of the close and the far away, the known and the foreign. He is interested in the visual and sound field where alienation, uncertainty and mystery may be evoked. Particular refinement of gesture, voice, light and sound impart an exquisite sense of poetic sensitivity to his shows. At the moment, he is involved with an association “J’y pense souvent (…)”. [I often think about it]. As Rosita Boisseau wrote in “Le Monde”: “An apt name for this artist whose work delves resolutely into the depths of his imagination. His obsession with disturbed and intangible emotional states, heightened by meticulously stripped-down sets, and his fascination with the effect of light, erupt in his new play, a trio entitled Souffles.”