Two award-winning Belgian mime and puppetry companies come together for this stunning visual performance combining puppetry, video, mime and clowning.
Sometime in the near future, it is the end of the world as we know it. In their small city home, a family is about to spend their Sunday together, but the walls are shaking, strong winds and torrential rain rage outside and the storm has only just begun. Amidst this climatic chaos, the protagonists absurdly attempt to maintain a normal family life.
Meanwhile, somewhere else on the planet, three travelling wildlife reporters are doing their best to document the apocalypse. They film, with what little equipment they have, three wild animals on the brink of extinction.
Between dreamlike fiction and stark reality, Dimanche paints a witty and tender portrait of humanity surprised by the uncontrollable forces of nature.
A touch tour for blind or partially sighted audience members is available before the 7pm performance on 18 August. Find out more.
Dimanche is a dystopian parable about the climate, yet a joy to behold
Written, Directed & Performed by Julie Tenret, Sicaire Durieux and Sandrine Heyraud
Alana Osbourne Dramaturg
Guillaume Toussaint Fromentin Lighting Designer
Brice Cannavo Sound Designer
Zoé Tenret Scenographer
Waw! Studios / Joachim Jannin & Jean-Raymond Brassinne Puppeteers
Dimanche means ‘Sunday’ in French: not only is it the day when the story unfolds in the show, it’s symbolically the day dedicated to rest and family activities.
Two companies joined forces to create this show, Focus and Chaliwaté. We have been following and appreciating each other’s work for a long time. It became clear that we had a similar approach to our art and it was obvious that we shared a common taste for unusual theatrical forms. It is as if we speak the same visual, artistic and poetic language. Although we use different tools – body and gestures for Chaliwaté, miniature objects and puppetry for Focus – we found a commonality, and a great artistic and human affinity.
We are inspired by anything that is around us: especially the day-to-day routine and the current news. We work meticulously, concentrating on the smallest details to create a singular visual and poetic language that grows from daily life – the personal and intimate experience – and aims to touch the universal.
We observed in ourselves and in others, on one hand an extreme urgency to act on climate change and to take political decisions and on the other hand, an inability to integrate this urgency and need for change into our daily lives. We look like a community of people who are totally out of sync with the current time – we try to maintain our daily lives to the point of absurdity.
While we believe there is hope, it's not necessarily at the end of the show. It is elsewhere: in humanity, in mutual aid, in the love that people have for each other. We are quite pessimistic that global policy is doing nothing to counteract global warming, but we still believe that humans can turn things around.
– Julie Tenret, Sicaire Durieux and Sandrine Heyraud