They Are Waiting For You
« Le spectateur doit lui-même trouver du sens à son environnement et utiliser son imagination. Je joue avec l’idée d’être emporté dans des lieux dont on ne pourra peut-être pas revenir. » – Laure Prouvost
‘They Are Waiting For You presented so many different ways of seeing (and, for that matter, hearing). It appeared the whole theatre was activated in order to fracture the distance between language, object, and experience.’ – Victoria Brooks, EMPAC
The exceptional quality of visual artist Laure Prouvost’s work is her search for polyphonic narratives. They are stories full of unexpected associations – told from a constantly changing perspective – with plenty of space for coincidence and dreams, for mistakes and forgetfulness. In her films, she negates the opposition between fact and fiction, image and text, human and machine, screen and space. She creates tactile environments and speaks to you directly, enveloping all your senses in her fantasies.
It is thus no surprise that she has ventured to make her first work for the main stage, in collaboration with Sam Belinfante and Pierre Droulers. They Are Waiting for You is rooted in her Prouvost's film Dit Learn (2017), in which a quick succession of everyday objects, images and texts encourages you to imbue everything with new meaning. You can expect an ‘expanded cinema experience’ in which recorded and live images duplicate the actions in the theatre – dance, music, sound, projection. ‘You are to become the seat you are sat on’.
• The French artist Laure Prouvost lives in London and Antwerp. She recently held solo exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2018), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, 2017) and Fahrenheit (Los Angeles, 2016), among others. A solo is also planned at the M HKA (Antwerp, 2019). Prouvost is part of the Baltic Triennial (Vilnius, 2018). In 2013, she won the prestigious Turner Prize. In 2019, she will represent France at the Venice Biennale.
• Sam Belinfante is an artist living and working in London. Along with filmmaking and photographic work, his practice incorporates curating, sound and performance. He curated and participated in The Voice and The Lens, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, which toured to Whitechapel Gallery as part of Spitalfields Festival in June 2014. He recent presented performances at Palais De Tokyo, the Camden Arts Centre and Supernormal Festival.
• Pierre Droulers is a French and Belgian choreographer and dancer. He spent three years in artistic training at Maurice Béjart's Mudra School in Brussels and then studied with Jerzy Grotowski in Poland. From 2005 until 2015, he co-directed Charleroi/Danses.
dance Jack Magai, Terry Hempfling | music Eli Keszler | singers Clemmie Franks, Catherine Carter, Josephine Stephenson | light design Luc Schaltin | props manager Nelson Polfliet | technique Chris Segers, Frank Vandezande | intern technique Lies Van Loock | this performance is a re-interpretation of a theatrical performance work co-commissioned by the Walker Art Centre Minneapolis & EMPAC New York | in the framework of EXTRA, with the support of the Institut Français and the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Belgium |