Compagnie Maguy Marin
Created in 2004, winner of a Bessie Award in 2008 and Prix spécial of the Critics’ Syndicate jury in 2006, Umwelt (environment, in German) is a show that has both thrilled and stirred discussion. Marin’s Umwelt is a place with its own rules where a device of panels and mirrors punctuates the lives of the nine performers. A performance “of dance without the dance” to narrate the frenzy of life. The performers appear and disappear between the interstices of panels and mirrors arranged horizontally on the stage and, hindered by a strong wind, narrate, often frantically, the daily routine of living. An inexhaustible flow of faces and lives accompanied by the pounding, hypnotic music composed by Denis Mariotte.