In the form of a short dramaturgical essay, Avant l’homme il n’y a que des surfaces (Before mankind there are only surfaces) is a comparison of practices that at first glance are not very similar: circus and architecture.
The process is based on the resonance of a physical journey with two chairs, miniature landscapes and a text in voice-over.
The latter, a reconstruction and distortion of snippets of lectures taken from the internet by Richard Scoffier (architect and lecturer), is as much a “pretextual subject” as an attempt to give sense.
The choreographic body, intercessor of the text and manipulator of objects in a closed but constantly evolving space, both object and subject, reveals itself in a virtuosity of precision and “little”.
We’re speaking about form, function, plan, surface, guideline, volumes, opening, partitioning, decompartmentalisation, border, space, habitation, cohabitation, cooperation… as an attempt to (re)look at the world or to “see other worlds under the world”.
Castwith and by Julien Fournier
ProductionL'Habeas Corpus Compagnie