Imagine finding yourself invaded by a multitude of beings who act through you without asking your opinion. They grab hold of one or other part of your body, creep in between your intentions and your gestures, emitting contradictory voices, strange discourses...
Twin Houses, a multiple monologue that presents Nicole Mossoux and five articulate mannequins together in such close proximity that one no longer knows who is manipulating who nor who holds power over the other.
Nicole Mossoux and Patrick Bonté’s only foray into the domain of animated forms, in Twin Houses the dancer is confronted by its doubles. Since its premiere, the performance has toured continuously across the five continents.
The performance is presented in the form of a series of short stories, at times cruel at others burlesque. It is interspersed with black-outs, serving as memory lapses from which are born in us forces unknown to us and out of which emerges the "Unheimlich", a disquieting strangeness.
"How to kill your double, when each strike against it multiplies and engenders a conspiracy against you, the reason for which you are ignorant of?
These beings have taken a body, your body, they know and you do not.
Who are you again? Which one among them are you? At what point is the end of yourself? At the very limits of your skin? The very limits of the world?"
Concept and choreography Nicole Mossoux
Direction Patrick Bonté, Nicole Mossoux
Performer Nicole Mossoux
Music Christian Genet
Scenography Johan Daenen
Costumes Colette Huchard
Costumes fabrication Anna Tourn, Patricia Eggerickx
Mannequins Jean-Pierre Finotto assisted by Fabrice Siciliano
Light and sound mix Patrick Bonté
Stage manager Mikha Wajnrych
Stage manager David Jans
Production Cie Mossoux-Bonté in coproduction with Charleroi/Danses – Centre chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, l’Atelier Sainte-Anne, Bruxelles and les Brigittines, Centre d'Art contemporain du Mouvement de la Ville de Bruxelles (Belgique).
After his studies in philosophy, humanities and dramatic interpretation, Patrick Bonté wrote many texts for theatre and cinema and directed numerous theatrical productions in Brussels, Antwerp and Quebec. His desire to explore themes related to the enigma of presence through the theatre has led him to explore the invention of languages, avoiding textual narration, realism and psychology. With Nicole Mossoux, whom he met in 1985, he shares the desire to “create images for the stage that have a particular sense, in which tension reigns, a tension tied to the contradictions that nourish it, and yet do not presume to bear a definite truth”. He is also artistic director of Les Brigittines (City of Brussels Contemporary Art Centre for Movement).
Source: The Cie Mossoux/Bonté 's website
Nicole Mossoux is a Belgian dancer and choreographer born in Brussels on 3 January 1956.
After studying at the Mudra school of Maurice Béjart, she created several solo pieces in 1978, became interested in psychoanalysis. And then, after meeting the playwright and director Patrick Bonté, she created the first choreography of a long, common and shared series, Juste Ciel (December 10, 1985), presented at the Plan K Refinery, directed By Frédéric Flamand.
A few years later, the two artists founded the Company Mossoux-Bonté, which never ceased to melt dance and theater in a single language, exploring the troubled areas of sensibility and the unconscious, in a strange familiarity to meet the spectator's imagination.
Source: The Cie Mossoux Bonté 's website