“The possibility of a tragedy”: taking care of the living

«La possibilité d’une tragédie»: prendre soin du vivant

Photo: Nelly-Eve Rajotte
The women who slide through Angie Cheng and Jessica Serli engage with his bare hands and body lost in a series of tasks of gardening diverted from their purpose.

How to cohabit otherwise with the nature and re-imagine our relationship to the living ? This is one of the many questions that remain in mind while getting in and out of existence before our eyes, strange landscaping work in The possibility of a tragedy of Amélie Rajotte. In this installation-performance, women who slide through Angie Cheng and Jessica Serli engage with his bare hands and body lost in a series of tasks of gardening diverted from their purpose.

To the four corners of the studio, sit on large ferns and other species, including some suspended from the ceiling using macramés. The smell of basil hangs in the air. Carefully, the two women who slide through, in combination and shorts velvet, spray the plants, the water and emerging from the dead leaves before you enter into a large module and white and filled with earth placed at the centre of the studio.

The arms and legs buried in the earth, they are the mash vigorously with all their weight, allow it to slip between their fingers and dig holes to accommodate the transplants.

The music and lighting affect the atmosphere and support a dramaturgy discreet but effective. Behind a console, Nelly-Ève Rajotte integrates the frequencies emitted by the plants through electrodes in its design, live sound.

The report to the touch through the manipulation of organic materials becomes progressively ambiguous. The space transformed into a field of battle where the exercise of force to manipulate the soil alongside a certain softness and sensuality paradoxical, or even a form of eroticism very latent, under the effort of concentration continued, which reads on the faces. A state of concentration that is contagious and which allows to follow the two women who slide through until the end of their tasks in this green performance where every gesture of care given to the plants becomes event.

Despite a conclusion that still has to dig, the proposal of Amélie Rajotte vehicle an interesting awakening of the senses which impels us to examine our personal relationship to nature and the living matter of which it is composed.

The possibility of a tragedy

A creation of Amélie has been with Angie Cheng and Jessica Serli ; live music by Nelly-Ève Rajotte and lights Alexandre Pilon-Guay. Presented by Tangente in Building Wilder – Dance Space, until 27 January.

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