n°42/ Troubled Waters on Stage

November 2012

by Nathalie Azoulai

Did you see a play by Pascal Rambert, entitled, John and Mary, directed by young Thomas Bouvet in Paris? No? Doesn't matter. The whole stage was covered with water (0.79 inches deep). Characters were walking with bare feet, soggy trousers and soaked dresses, followed by sliding shadows. This is what the eye could see. But many sounds came out of this stage, slow and soothing sounds, except for the actors running backstage with joyful splashing noises in the dark.
Water spreads on stages a deep and tragical spirit , as if coming from the bottom of earth, threatening and telluric...Think it over!