Les Inepties volantes

(Flying nonsense)

This performance is a score for two voices written and performed by actor and stage director Dieudonné Niangouna, together with accordionist Pascal Contet.

Once upon a time there was a civil war, among so many others, as terrifying and destructive as all the others. It was in 1997 in Congo-Brazzaville. It lasted a few years, almost three. Dieudonné Niangouna experienced it in his flesh and spirit. Today, he can finally deliver a text on this subject, a text which he has long held hidden, convinced that all the survivors could only be cowards as they did not die as heroes.

A journey to hell that Dieudonné Niangouna shares with Pascal Contet, an outstanding figure in contemporary music, capable of turning his accordion into a full-fledged character who accompanies the screams and the murmurs, and becomes a partner in suffering. It is a genuine dialogue that emerges between the two interpreters and their instruments: the voice of one, the music of the other. We are in the theatre and not in a documentary narrative, thus the required distance is established to present what is at the heart of a reconstruction work through the survival of memory.

text, direction and interpretation: Dieudonné Niangouna
music and interpretation: Pascal Contet
lighting: Xavier Lazarini et Brunel Makoumbou
sound design: Christina Clar

production: Avignon Festival
delegated production: Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy; coproduction: Festival d’Avignon, l’Allan Scène nationale de Montbéliard, Châteauvallon Centre national de Création et de Diffusion culturelles, Théâtre 71 Scène nationale de Malakoff, Théâtre d’Arras

Avignon Festival, 2009

Les Inepties volantes (excerpt)
Review Africultures

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