Version(s) is a research project on how different versions of a show’s beginning might add up to a new show. In a constant back-and-forth between the enunciation of possibilities and their on-stage execution, choreographer Cuqui Jerez and lighting designer Gilles Gentner observe how language and space transform each other to produce a new reality. By increasing the number of possible openings of a play that does not develop linearly, they explore what effect these elements have on the audience’s expectations and imagination.

"The aim of this project is to work on the idea of version; that encloses ideas like transformation, remake, variant, repetition, interpretation, difference, reutilization and multiple realities. The main tool to work on this idea is the light of the theatre.Gilles Gentner and me will meet as a first encounter to work around these ideas with the space and the lights. How is a space constructed in the theatre? How to use the space of the stage to produce fiction? How does the light create this space? For the moment, the initial idea is very simple: as a starting point we will do many versions of the same scene creating different lights, transforming the space each time.We would like to use the context to invite people to follow this process in real time, which we think might be interesting in relationship with the topic."(Cuqui Jerez)

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Photo: Ouidade Soussi Chiadmi

During two residencies of three weeks, in January and November 2011, Cuqui Jerez and Gilles Gentner continue the research they began in September 2010 at Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers. New versions are performed before an audience at various stages of the process, picking up where the three September 2010 performances left off.
This gestation period ends with the creation of the show Crocodiles and Alligators, which premieres on March 9th and 10th 2012 at Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers (see the "Rendez-vous" section).


Conception: Cuqui Jerez (in coll. with Gilles Gentner, Ismeni Espejel and Amaia Urra)
Gilles Gentner et Ismeni Espejel
Gilles Gentner


Co-production: Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Brut Theatre (Wien, Austria) and Centre d’art Buda (Courtrai, Belgium)