Warsaw’s Nowy Teatr is premiering its second Claude Bardouil piece after the success of Nancy. Interview. In Exhausted, which debuts on 30?31 January 2015 (8 pm) at the Centre of Contemporary Art ? Ujazdowski Castle, the French director and choreographer continues his investigations on the identity and personality of people entangled in a play of pretence and simulacra. After Nancy Spungen, Bardouil draws inspiration from Shannon Michelle Wisley, better know under the artistic pseudonym of Savannah. Despite having lived a short life ? she committed suicide at the age of 23 ? Savannah reached the top of the porn industry. She played in over a hundred films.
Her unruly life, dark sexual episodes dating back to her childhood, and the status of an icon of the porn business turned Savannah into a sexual object, while her personality became thoroughly eroticised. For Bardouil, Savannah becomes an anti-heroine. Used in reference to her, the word “exhausted” flickers with a plethora of meanings. After a glamorous suicide committed in a white corvette, Savannah goes to heaven, where she meets other female sex icons, who, like her, were objects of desire. Here Bardouil begins his investigations, and has his actors and dancers experience trance-like states.
Next performances: 1, 4?8 February, 8 pm
Directed and choreographed by: Claude Bardouil
Set design: Diplomates
Lighting design: Katarzyna Łuszczyk
Costumes: Aleksandra Laska
Music: Paweł Andryszczyk, Piotr Maślanka, Adam Walicki
Director’s assistant: Adam Kasjaniuk
Performers: Ewa Dałkowska, Bartosz Gelner, Piotr Polak, Magdalena Popławska, Łukasz Przytarski
Media premiere: 30 January 2015
Premiere: 31 January 2015
Regular: PLN 40
Concessions: PLN 25
Centre of Contemporary Art ? Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
ul. Jazdów 2