The Passion of Andrea 2 by Simone Mousset

Photo Sven Becker

The Luxembourg choreographer Simone Mousset presented The Passion of Andrea 2 at the Nantes CCN Trajectories festival. In this wacky and absurd piece, three characters who share the same identity take us into an unreal universe tinged with parody, between dance, theatrical improvisation and humour.

It’s a magic trick, a killer game, a dance show, a prank, a debate, a musical, a sci-fi monologue, all in one. details the note of intent by choreographer Simone Mousset. Ambitious program. Straight out of the imagination of the young Luxembourger, who also works in England and France, The Passion of Andrea 2 (2019) takes us into a wacky and somewhat disturbing universe, which manipulates us with benevolence.

In this fantasy with parodic airs, evolves a trio, which we are supposed to know from a previous opus Andrea’s Passion 1which never existed. The three dancers present themselves as one and the same person: Andrea. Decked out in more or less similar wigs and outfits (shorts and t-shirts), the dancers seem straight out of a bad spy movie or a low-cost look-alike agency. A universe close to the comic sketch, reinforced by the English or Italian accents of the interpreters, who speak in French and English.

The heart of the piece is an improvisation suite, which radiates the comic potential of the dancers-actors, guided by a game offered to the public. Each Andrea chooses a part of the room (more or less important) to be the guardian of his survival, knowing that this can be threatened by the other Andreas, who do not hesitate to shoot him with an imaginary pistol represented with their fingers at every opportunity. This device abounds in comic situations, through the multiple repetitions of a few sketches, which we never tire of. We retain a few gimmicks like this feeling of “uncomfortable” accompanied by gesticulation, put forward as the justification for the murderous envy of the characters. But if there is something serious in this passion, it is the dance, which appears in the form of a routine called “the trio”, a fluid contemporary gesture executed with precision.

The scenography creates another discrepancy by displaying the contours of an unreal world, carried by a muffled soundscape and pastel-colored lights from the start of the piece, but also huge colored bags of different textures suspended from the ceiling, which end up falling one by one on the board, which will be worth Andrea to declare: “The bags are bad”. Once all the Andreas are dead – the public could not save them – another character enters the scene, who claims to be the hero of a new story, the true Passion of Andrea 2, threatening to start all over again otherwise. . We let ourselves be carried away with pleasure by this sweet scam, which echoes the absurdity of existence.

Belinda Mathieu –

The Passion of Andrea 2

Creation: Simone Mousset
Performers: Luke Divall, Lewys Holt, Mathis Kleinschnittger, ft. Alberto Ruiz Soler
Sound: Alberto Ruiz Soler
Costumes: Lydia Sonderegger
Lighting: Alberto Ruiz Soler, Seth Rook Williams
Technical production: Marc Thein
Dramaturgy: Thomas Schaupp, Nikki Tomlinson
Sparkling partner (acting coach): Francesco Mormino
Singing coach: Barbara Pierlot
Artistic support: Renelde Pierlot

Acknowledgements: Koen Augustijnen and Amy Bell for their feedback and support
Production Manager: Vasanthi Argouin
Administrative Officer: Cathy Modert
Co-production: KLAP Maison pour la danse à Marseille (FR), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (LU), CAPE – Center des Arts Pluriels Ettelbruck (LU) With the financial support of the TROIS CL Center de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois (LU) ), The Place (UK), Cléo Thiberge-Edrom Foundation (FR), BIL Foundation (LU), Eté Foundation (LU)
In partnership with Dance City Newcastle (UK), Monodrama Festival (LU), Maison du Portugal André de Gouveia Paris (FR)

Duration: 55 minutes

January 12
2023 Trajectories Festival in Nantes

March 14, 2023
Vanves Theater / Artdanthé Festival

March 21 and 22, 2023
South Pole, Strasbourg CDCN

The Passion of Andrea 2 by Simone Mousset