Founded in 1984, Friches Théâtre Urbain is an international company based in Paris, composed of artists issued from different countries and cultures.
Friches Théâtre Urbain have centered their work around the occupation of large indoor or outdoors spaces. The company like to work with the environment and therefore mainly work in the street, which allows them to redefine their theatrical form each time they create a piece. Besides, shows played outside do not exclude anybody, they can play where people are, where people go.
The company interact with normal life, appearing where they are least expected, bringing out hidden emotions, and provoking surprising reactions to unusual situations. Their stiltwalking is a platform for theatre, not only an exploit in itself. Stilts heighten the scale and style of their performance. The exploitation and joy of movement is central to all their theatrical creations. Many of the company members trained at Jacques Lecoq's International School of Movement in Paris.
Pascal Laurent, founder of the company, who now both performs and directs in collaboration with Sarah Harper, has recently celebrated his 20th anniversary on stilts. With his famous one man show "Melgut" and the work of Friches Theatre Urbain over the last six years, he is considered to be at the forefront of the development of stilts as an expressive dramatic art form , which is becoming ever more popular in street theatre. All the stilts used by the company are designed and hand crafted by Pascal Laurent for "high precision" movement. Sarah Harper has been active on the London stage before she joined the company. She has prooved her interest for new spaces, new scenic writing mixing visual arts, movement while still demanding a high level of classical acting. The collaboration between the skills of each is the main source of originality and creativity of the company.
During Feta 2002 Friches Théâtre Urbain presented spectacle entitled "Mephistomania".
<font color="#D2CFA8">"Chamade" - the death of love</font>
Amor and Sexus are looking for Lola. They have come to take her away with them. But Lola is not yet ready to go - her heart is broken. At eighty years old how to find her lover? She no longer has much time. Amor and Sexus... they have all the time in the world. So they wait...
One day, under a stormy sky, she accepts their mysterious invitation and leaves with them. She sets in creaking motion the old violins of her heart. The knives in her stomach grind, her heart beats so hard she fears her feeble frame will break into a million pieces, light and dry, only to float away on the wind... What an agony of pleasure, this fragrant journey with her beautiful companions, these messengers from the north, their glacial expressions, their strange dance and elusive language.
"he loves me...he loves me not...he loves me...he loves me not"
She is their captive, but they will be her prey
"Oh! my galloping heart, my savage heart!"
"Chamade" is an allegory of life, death, love... and the death of love. Told in the language of a dream, a poetic theatre of images. Light and funny with delicate scenes, exotic dance and mimed sequences, the three performers and their two "horses", working on tiny stilts, take us on an intimate fantasy journey. The audience follow two cavaliers through streets, alleyways, park or woodland as they lead their ancient bride Lola on her final journey. The trio are haunted by the ever approaching figure of the grim reaper.
There are three performers: two dancers on tiny stilts with kathak bells riding exotic carnaval horses, and one actress on foot. Some small pyrotechnics are used as well as: dried rose petals, paper hearts, snowflakes, cobwebs and white mist. Silk skirts, cupid's bows, spiders, dead leaves. Bells and tiny cymbals.