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Ekphrasis

Le Théâtre de Claude Régy, expérience synesthésique et érotisme d’un corps à l’état de brume

Elise Van HAESEBROECK


Abstract:

Questioned about the theater play God’s Mist, Jean-Claude Ameisen, researcher in cellular biology, describes Claude Régy as “a synesthetic director”. The object of this paper will be to show that in God’s Mist, the last creation of the director Claude Régy, in collaboration with the scenographer Salladhyn Khatir and the creator of the lights Remi Godfroy, the spectator is synesthète as far as he is invited to resume with the faculty not to distinguish his various perceptions. He is also invited to take a posture in which he does not analyze any more where do his various perceptions come from. Consequently, it may happen that the spectator cannot differentiate the Touch or the Visual from the Sound. At first, we will show how Claude Régy stages the collusion of opposites by giving to hear a character who seems to speak without cancelling the silence. Secondly, we will analyze the synesthesia between the silence and the light. Indeed, the lights created by Remi Godfroy seem to skip into the silences of the actor, as if they answered him. In a conclusive part, we will study how the synesthesia creates hallucinations and, thus, how it reveals the body of the actor as a skiagraphia, in other words as a written shadow.

Keywords: contemporary theater, hologrammic theater, synesthetic staging, eroticism, skiagraphia, Claude Régy, Tarjei Vesaas, Salladhyn Khatir, Rémi Godfroy

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