photo by Philippe Weissbrodt

Vacuum’ generates impossible images and fantastic paintings, an interplay of bodies appearing and disappearing between black holes and dazzling lights.

This duo is the third part in a series of performances called Dispositifs (‘stage devices’), in convergence with visual arts. ‘After Black Out’ and ‘NEONS Never Ever, Oh! Noisy Shadows’, ‘Vacuum’ explores a new aspect of our sensory perception through an optical illusion created with two neon tubes.

In ‘Black Out’, the movements of the dancers drew shapes in some black substance on stage while the audience watched from above. ‘NEONS’ then staged a couple dancing in a world of lights and shadows. Now, with this third piece, Saire explores further the visual perception of movement. The result is lyrical and inspiring, as it moves forward through the history of art, from Renaissance paintings to photographic development.

This 25-minute long performance features a stage device that is easily transportable. Furthermore, it includes the same cast as ‘Hocus Pocus’, meaning both can be programmed together.

Vacuum is a coproduction with Paris’ Théâtre National de Chaillot and La Bâtie-Festival de Genève.