As a dance and theater performer, Yves-Noël Genod created his first solo play in 2003, En attendant Genod, at the Lieu Unique in Nantes. The Laboratoires have supported this artist for the production of a second chapter developing this epic inspired by the British stand-up comedies. Yves-Noël Genod’s inexhaustible verbosity, based on direct public address, mixing intimate autobiography and semi-mundane gossip, tacks about between confession, irony and invective. In the field of dance and contemporary theater, this work appears as an anachronistic form, exploiting complicity with the public, voluntarily keeping them in suspense, from revelation to revelation, pulling all the emotional strings possible, ranging from empathy to embarrassment. Moreover, this performance is propped with appearances of improbable talking, singing, dancing or wandering guests (including an ersatz pop boys band, a local rock star, and even characters of the story) without any direct connection to the spoken text, and without it being possible to decipher what is written from what is mere improvisation. A new adaptation of this show is scheduled in the festival «100 dessus dessous 2005» at the Parc de la Villette (Paris).


Opening 4

Le groupe Saint Augustin on ice
November 24-25, 2004
Une saison en enfer
November 26, 2004

Yves-Noël Genod’s stay at the Laboratoires led him to develop a piece, inspired by the British stand-up comedies, into a three-part event, “Festival de trois jours”: two evenings with a one man show and a concert (lasting 3 and a half hours), and one evening with a happening (lasting 1 hour). It was an opportunity for the artist to invite the following people on stage: Julien Gallée-Ferré, Soazig Ségalou, Mike Brank, Thomas Scimeca, Frédéric Sourice, Nicolas Moulin, Jonathan Capdevielle and Mylène Carrière. Production Association ORO/Compagnie 391. Coproduction: Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers and Groupe A.C.