Following the success of the harnessed duet CUIR, Arno Ferrera and Gilles Polet put once again their bodies into play. Joined this time by Joshua Serafin, the starting point for the trio is the notion of (over) protection. In a society where questions of security and protective gestures are more than ever part of everyday life, how can we question, and stage, our relationship to violence and especially physical violence?
The artistic research focuses in part on the world of sports and combat gear, and in particular sports that employ specific equipmentto protect oneself from the adversary, on the principle of «the more one protects oneself, the more one can collide and expose oneself to violence.» How would physical relationships in sports such as ice hockey or American football evolve if protection was not used? Our imaginations are drawn to equipment such as armour, shields, and padded suits. We plan to push the confrontation of bodies to the point where the percussive sounds of physical contact, even groans, become a source of scenic material.
The audience will be seated, echoing the trio on stage, in a tri-frontal or circular manner. The floor will also be a tool of protection to shield the bodies, yet equally will be used to push the physical shocks fur- ther. In the second part of the project, the authors propose to soften this physical research in order to explore another relationship to the other, this time based on trust and on a rediscovered and necessary intimacy. We wish to reach levels of exhaustion, to reach physical states where softness, eroticism, self-mockery and abandonment are welcomed. The artistic trio on stage will be in constant mutation, fluid, like mythical characters, sliding towards relationships of seduction and redefined masculinity, and ultimately opening up to a welcomed and assumed fragility. The project proposes a representation of a free and generous love, universal and plural, a straightforward threesome. By dropping their armour, like abandoned shells, the performers become sensitive characters, ready to share their energies in a joyful complicity with the public.