Lautrèamont Hotel – The Sudden Holes of Silence (2009)
João Andreazzi and Cia. Corpos Nômades were inspired by the work of Isidore Ducasse, who adopted the pseudonym Comte de Lautréamont, to write Les Chants de Maldoror (written between 1868 and 1869).
Born in Uruguay, the author died mysteriously and unknown at the age of 24 in Paris in 1870.
The corporeality and vocality of Cia. Corpos Nômades lend themselves to extend the concept of choreodramaturgraphy; the choreography and dramaturgy make use the performers’ bodies and of stage objects to orchestrate and resonate all of Lautréamont’s poetry. The creation of the show was instigated and stimulated by the translator of the works of Count Lautréamont, the poet and essayist Claudio Willer, a meeting of damned minds that blessed the whole investigative process. This procedure, as in the partnership with playwright Marici Salomão to design the show O Barulho Indiscreto da Chuva (The Indiscreet Noise of Rain) allows the theatrical research and advances to the interaction of the body with the whole space – with what lies under the skin and with what extends beyond it.
On stage and directed by João Andreazzi, six performers divided in solos, duos, trios, and quartets combine elements of contemporary dance with other arts such as electronic music, theater and video art, intensifying and expanding alternatives of body expressions on stage. The work is supplemented by the partnership with Claudio Willer the translator of the work, a fact that allowed a greater understanding and development of the dramaturgy in the body, from the body and for the body.
Instead of an impossible literal transposition of Lautréamont’s narratives, fragments were put together on the play Hotel Lautréamont – Os Bruscos Buracos do Silêncio (Hotel Lautréamont – The Sudden Holes of Silence) is a show with suggestive details, impressions caused by passages of text by its range of visual and sound suggestions, especially the bodily ones.
The work may be seen as presenting the world where everything can be something else: an epic metamorphosis, especially due to the transformation of the bodies. Hence its bestiary that so much impressed the Surrealists: the man-fish, the giant lice, tarantulas-teens, dragons, the witch that is transformed into a dung ball, the giant scarab, the pelican-headed man, the crab-archangel, the God rhinoceros. These transformations symbolize absolute freedom, through the ability to overcome the barriers of the physical body. So it is also changing the protagonist, Maldoror himself, sometimes young, sometimes with grey hair, transformed into an eagle to fight hope, octopus to wrestle with God, a pig in its dream of perfect happiness, something shapeless, mixed to nature, an object of indefinite identity.
Members of Cia. Corpos Nômades metamorphose themselves before the public, creating new bodies or the same bodies, but always multiplying their possibilities to express themselves.
Hotel Lautréamont – The Bruscos Holes of Silence is a creation that proceeds through resonances, from sensitivity to sensitivity, from the excerpts and contents of the work of Lautréamont – especially the experience of feeling like a stranger in the world, a guest in our unusual “hotel” on earth – to scenic areas, and from these to the viewer, thus inviting him to recreate, to become an accomplice and participate. It is an invitation to the public for it to mobilize its imagination, and become co-author of this work in process, in permanent motion – symbolized by the image of the perpetual trap – that the author of The Songs of Maldoror set in motion. “Claudio Willer”