© Sébastien Chambert
Polyphonic Variation of Oscar Wilde
Created in January 2011
"It's beautiful and dark as a chapter of the apocalypse" Pierre Loti
On a moonlit evening, Herod, Tetrarch of Galilee, asks his daughter-in-law, the young and troubling Salome, to dance for him. In return, she demands from him the head of the prophet Iokanaan, whom he holds captive.
Manifesto of poetry from the decadent movement, Salome is a declaration of love for the French language, a meteor in the work of Oscar Wilde. The stakes are universal and timeless: temptation, faith, law, the mystery of life, love and death. In a verbal burst of exoticism and baroque sounds, Wilde makes his characters sing the whole gamut of feelings. Worried by melancholy, insanity and hatred, they are hunted by their impulses, their desires, their fantasies, like Wilde himself who will have to answer in a court of his homosexuality.
"Precious poetry, feverish sarcasm, incandescent lyricism and the structure of the play close to that of an opera, are the perfect ground for questioning the art of the actor. These are all invitations to "sprechgesang" (spoken-sung), "breath" that I have not ceased to explore since the creation of the Company Dramaticules. Jérémie Le Louët