A “Birdcage” full of drag queens? Not really, because the three funny and accomplished dancers in Simple do not exactly fill the stage in the literal sense. Fortunately, there is still plenty of room for the rhythm, the grotesque and the colour that the trio need to enjoy themselves to the full. For her critique of a society in which everyone sets themselves up as an expert and cannot escape their pretentious and calculating attitude, Argentine-Belgian choreographer Ayelen Parolin gladly does without music. Her colourful boys provide the sound themselves in their search for the pulse of existence and prove themselves to be devoted accomplices in their thoroughly honest conception of foolishness, childishness and naivety. That way, a dance with a lot of friction and at the same time a friendly if detached lightness emerges. A piece in which the stage design and the costumes in particular revive the spirit of the great Merce Cunningham.
A project by: Ayelen Parolin
Created and performed by: Baptiste Cazaux, Piet Defrancq & Daan Jaartsveld
Assistant choregrapher: Julie Bougard
Lighting creation: Laurence Halloy
Staging and costumes: Marie Szersnovicz
Dramaturgy: Olivier Hespel
External consultant: Alessandro Bernardeschi
Visuals: Cécile Barraud de Lagerie
Costumes: Atelier du Théâtre de Liège Production RUDA asbl
Coproductions: Charleroi danse, Le Centquatre-Paris, Théâtre de Liège, CCN de Tours, MA Scène nationale – Pays de Montbéliard, Les Brigittines, DC&J Création
Support and Studio Hosting: CCN de Tours
Residency: Charleroi danse, Les Brigittines, Le Gymnase – CDCN Roubaix/Hauts-de-France, Le Centquatre-Paris, MA scène nationale – Pays de Montbéliard
With the support of: Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, of Wallonie-Bruxelles International, of the Tax Shelter of the Federal Government of Belgium and the Inver Tax Shelter
Ayelen Parolin is hosted by means of a mentorship at the Théâtre de Liège (2018–2022) and receives administrative hosting at Charleroi danse / La Raffinerie.
Ayelen Parolin is associate artist at the Théâtre National de Bruxelles from 2022.