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Singspiele - Maguy Marin

Singspiele is a solo performed by David Mambouch.

Through subtle movements, the performer takes on a multiplicity of characters, detailing gestures, on which the spectator projects eras, universes and narratives.

The soloist embodies an alter-ego that is both similar and different, preserving the unintelligible mystery of the face of another.

Cap au pire - Maguy Marin



David Mambouch
Benjamin Lebreton

“Each person’s history unfolds through the need to be recognized, and recognized without reservation. Friendship demonstrates this infinite capacity for recognition. We must realize that others always have this need, that they are in thrall to its demands and just like ourselves, bent on receiving satisfaction; that they are consumed by it, that they are like wild animals, that life is hell when that satisfaction is not forthcoming, when it is lacking. The path of recognition seems infinite. We take a couple steps and hesitate since “we-can’t-do-everything”; but only petty cynicism would justify stepping away from such a task.” 

This fragment of a text by Robert Antelme inspired us in our work to give place and attention to anonymous or recognizable faces which, emerging, capture our eyes with a strangeness of perception, not instantaneously intelligible.

It’s a work about listening, hearing these faces speak of their absent bodies, precisely or confusedly, a particular story worn by these mute faces that forever slip away from us. They speak of a place J. L. Nancy calls “the spoken lack of words”, a place “from before or after the word”

Which irreducible mysteries hide behind this constellation of sensations we acquire when we meet up with the other? From the other’s face? An epiphany overflowing with expression, thereby revealing the invisibility of a singular individual standing there before us.

1.Robert Antelme: Principles put to the test, article published July 14th 1958 in the magazine “Le 14 juillet” created by Dionys Mascolo and Jean Schuster reprinted in “Robert Antelme -  unpublished texts on “L’espèce humaine” / The Human Race, essays and Commentary - Gallimard publishers.

2. Nancy, J.-L., Penser l’image, Paris, Les Presses du réel, 2010. p. 68-69

Cap au pire

Maguy Marin, Cap au pire, tiré de l’œuvre de Samuel Beckett Worstward Ho !

Une pièce interprétée par Françoise Leick
Costumes : Montserrat Casanova
Lumières et régie technique: Alexandre Bénéteaud
Voix off : David Mambouch

Conception : Maguy Marin

Performer : David Mambouch

Set design : Benjamin Lebreton

Stage manager : Rodolphe Martin

Lighting design : Alex Bénéteaud

Sound design : David Mambouch

Sound engineer : Antoine Garry

Wardrobe assistant : Nelly Geyres

Executive producer: extrapole

The show was created in Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse) on February 28 and March 1st, 2014. Since then, the piece has toured and keeps on touring worldwide and has been performed nearly 100 times.


Coproductions :

Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse, France) • Daejeon Arts Center (Daejeon, Korea) • Latitudes prod (Lille, France) • Marseille Objectif danse • Compagnie Maguy Marin (Toulouse, France) • Ad Hoc (Lyon, France) • extrapole (Paris, France)

Thanks to Mix’ art Myrys and L’Usine, Tournefeuille (Toulouse, France)


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