Creation
Performance

Georges Aperghis - Thinking Things

Donaueschingen Festival
October 20,
4:30 p.m., and
8:30 p.m.
Donauhallen

The return of Georges Aperghis to the stage with a theater of aberrations of robotics. A living quartet (song, voice, gesture), dear to the author of Machinations and Luna Park, is joined by a new, invasive, protagonist: a robot totem, designed with Pierre Nouvel and Olivier Pasquet that assures the extension of human functions. What do we preserve and what do we forsake of listening, of looking, of speech, of speech and touch?  Thinking Things puts learning circuits between man and machine back into play, mocking rituals, children’s games, a funeral ceremony or a resurrection. A new cohabitation of man with his creature, a terminal for pain or joy, Thinking Things doesn’t employ the traditional, apocalyptic vision of the robot. Close to the carnival humor of Méliès, this scherzo-panic is that of life: coding the unpredictable and striking the unexpected.

Georges Aperghis director and composition
Pierre Nouvel video creation & design, and robot programing
Daniel Lévy set & lighting design
Olga Karpinsky costume design, property master
Émilie Morin assistant director
Olivier Pasquet IRCAM computer music design
With Donatienne Michel-Dansac, Richard Dubelski, Johanne Saunier, Lionel Peintre

GEORGES APERGHIS THINKING THINGS, Premiere 2018

Production IRCAM-Centre Pompidou. Coproduction Les Spectacles vivants-Centre Pompidou, Südwestrundfunk, Centre Culturel Onassis, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. With the collaboration of metalu.net, chantier numérique de Métalu A Chahuter. The robot impressions were produced as a part of the In Moov program created and developed by Gaël Langevin. With the support of the Sacem.
  • Tête du robot totem  © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
    Tête du robot totem © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
  • Tête du robot totem  © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
    Tête du robot totem © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
  • De gauche à droite : Olivier Pasquet, Georges Aperghis et Richard Dubelski  © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
    De gauche à droite : Olivier Pasquet, Georges Aperghis et Richard Dubelski © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
  • Bras du robot totem  © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
    Bras du robot totem © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
  • Richard Dubelski  © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
    Richard Dubelski © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
  • Georges Aperghis  © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
    Georges Aperghis © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
  • Richard Dubelski  © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
    Richard Dubelski © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
  • © Quentin Chevrier, 2018
    © Quentin Chevrier, 2018