Excavating the Remains of French Scenography in Prague

The project was to unearth an imaginary clue related to French scenography that would have remained buried in the Prague Exhibition Grounds preventing its official national participation since 2003. More than just collecting material archives, Excavating the Remains of French Scenography in Prague intended to examine the emotional state of French scenography as we discovered, re-discovered and/or recreated gripping elements of its history such as letters, statements, testimonies, drawings, costumes, scale models, props and so forth. By digging out and revealing these memorial objects, our proposal was to perform the archives, provoke discussions, and include the spectators’ voice in this new “repertoire” (Diana Taylor, 2003), to finally reconfigure a common re-imagination. During the nine days of the Site Specific Performance Festival, we have invited 14 artists to perform an archaeological excavation in order to retrace the historical relationship between France and the Prague Quadrennial since 1967. Re-enacting the intangible scenographic heritage of France through this performance process on the ruins of the Brussels pavilion was meant to reconnect French scenography, and French scenographers with Prague and the world. By reactivating history, memories of the past 50 years have resurfaced to remain for the future. We believe that new affinities have emerged from this site-specific archaeology of scenography.

Team:
Co-directors, Designers, Performers – Carolina E. Santo, Emmanuelle Gangloff;
Invited Artists – Zénab Bassalah, Gilone Brun, Laure Catalan, Sigolène de Chassy, Muriel Delamotte, Émilie Delanne, La neuvième école (Shehrazad Derme, Lucie Mazières, Clothilde Valette) Amélie Lauret, Federica Mugnai, Bernard Müller, Cécile Saint Paul and Thibault Sinay

Country/Region France

Artists Carolina E. Santo & Emmanuelle Gangloff

07 06 2019 10:00—13:00
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08 06 2019 10:00—13:00
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09 06 2019 10:00—13:00
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10 06 2019 10:00—13:00
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11 06 2019 10:00—13:00
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12 06 2019 10:00—13:00
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13 06 2019 10:00—13:00
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14 06 2019 10:00—13:00
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15 06 2019 10:00—13:00
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