STAGE PRODUCTION - selection
APPHUMAN by Sophie Langevin and Ian De Toffoli
Conception Collective / Direction Sophie Langevin / Text Ian de Toffoli / Dramaturgy Mikaël Serre / Set design & costumes Marie-Luce Theis / Lighting design Mathias Roche / Sound design Rajivan Ayyappan / Video Anne Braun / Assistant director Jonathan Christoph/ Actors Denis Jousselin, Renelde Pierlot, Luc Schiltz, Pitt Simon and Garance Clavel
Production Les Théâtre de la Ville Coproduction Théâtre de Liège; Festival Impact Theatertage Rheinlang-Pfalz /Staatstheater Mainz
In a mixture of theater and science, AppHuman asks the question of the human being in the face of the massive technologization of the world, with all that this implies: the fusion of man and machine through the algorithms that manage social networks and smartphones, the abolition of private lives, mass surveillance, the standardization of our societies, as well as the use that technology companies make of personal data and above all, the question of biases and ethics in a world that is increasingly governed by automated systems.
AppHuman is intended as a playful and serious experience at the same time, as a fictional case study, as a parable of what awaits humanity in the coming decades, if the creeping digitization and technologization of the world is not subjected to a fundamental critique of public authorities.
In a dense play the author Ian de toffoli and the director Sophie Langevin evokes the torments of a world where the error is only occasionally human and where the man to entrust the responsibility of these acts to the machines that surround him. If the technological dystopia is sometimes a bit didactic, the theater becomes here a space of negotiation where the possible futures of humanity are played out Jef Schinker - Tageblatt
THE BORDER'S WOMEN, TERRA INCOGNITA
Concept, direction and sound design Sophie Langevin / Collective writing / Dramaturgical advice Frank Feitler, Mani Muller / Set and costume design: Peggy Wurth / Assistant director and translator Claire Wagener / Lighting Nico Tremblay / Video Jonathan Christoph / Sound design Emre Sevindik / With Aude-Laurence Biver, Bach-Lan Lê-Bà Thi, Nora Koenig, Andrea Quirbach / Collaboration Christophe Sohn (LISER), Jean-Louis Schlesser (ASTI) / Production Escher Theater / Co-production La Compagnie du Grand Boube; Staatstheater Mainz
Support Ville de Luxembourg ; LISER - Luxembourg, Institut of Socio Economic Research / Partners : ASTI - Association de Soutien aux Travailleurs Immigrés.
190,000 border workers. The number of cross-border workers in Luxembourg is constantly rising. A resounding statistical reality, this number conceals countless little-known individual stories. Based on testimonies, this show explores the daily life of French, Belgian, German and Luxembourgish women who cross the borders of the Grand Duchy every day. And who, for some, have continued to cross them in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis to save lives or ensure sales in the food industry. A crisis as a magnifying glass: the border phenomenon is not only an economic relationship, it is also, more than ever, fundamentally human.
REVOLT.SHE SAID.REVOLT AGAIN / ALICE BIRCH
Text Alice Birch / Translation Sarah Vermande / Stage direction, set design, film concept Sophie Langevin / Assistant director Marylène Andrin / Costumes Sophie Van Den Keybus /
Sound creation Emre Sevindik / Lighting Nico Tremblay / Video Jonathan Christoph / Stills Jako Raybaut / Actors Agnès Guignard, Francesco Mormino, Leila Schaus, Pitt Simon and in alternation Denis Jousselin / Production Théâtre du Centaure Co-production Opderschmetz / With the support of the Ministry of Culture and the National Cultural Fund
Selected by the Federation of Theaters for the Festival d'Avignon 2019, programming Grand Est and Luxembourg
It is a kind of feminist manifesto, a furious, powerful and funny revolt against the symbolic and real oppression of the female gender in its body and status. It encourages us to think about our intimate, professional and political relationships between men and women in our 21st century society. Alice Birch explores the ways in which language, attitude and behavior have defined and confined women's roles, sexuality, bodies and ways of functioning in the world.
It is a call to consciousness and a blunt examination of how women are contained in society by oppressions we almost never see. It dismantles the mechanisms of power and submission and brings to light the disasters of the images, thoughts and stereotypes conveyed on the consenting woman, rape, virginity, porn. It shows finally with force, the brutality of the violence made to the women within the family framework, its repercussions in heritage of destruction and annihilation. How to invent a new world on the remains of such an old oppression? Alice Birch's answer: REVOLT!
1973. Feminist linguist Robin Lakoff writes: "Women experience linguistic discrimination in two ways: in the way they are taught to use language, and in the way the general use of language treats them."
Sophie Langevin's staging is quite clinical: white walls, stadium-like corridors to separate the characters, costumes of white fabric and plastic. The whole performance is of a radical and implacable sharpness. The characters are sometimes the carriers and sometimes the victims of a growing revolt. The line set up and followed by Sophie Langevin shows a singular talent. Web Théatre / Feminist Radicality / Gilles Costaz
Here, women rebel. This time, it is the vagina that gobbles and not the penis that penetrates, it is she who will hold the hourglass of pleasure and he will no longer be the master of time. By this reversal, these funny and grating sketches reveal another language, implicit and violent, of men who shape the world - and women - according to the supreme will dictated by their impulses. By questioning the crucial issue of language, Révolte raises the issue of our representations. Marianne / On the stages of the Off, women take back the power / Youness Boussena
"Sophie Langevin's masterfully directed Révolte shakes up the codes and offers a strong, audacious and painfully funny adaptation of the feminist text by the young British playwright Alice Birch. Without a doubt one of the most intense and superbly executed productions of the season. Lëtzeburger Land / Being a woman / Fabien Rodrigez
"The work that emerges is commensurate with the stakes that the place of women in our society constitutes: it upsets habits, deeply interferes in conditioned reflexes and sets a multitude of tiny explosive charges. Woxx / Florent Toniello
LA DISPUTE by Marivaux
Director Sophie Langevin / Set and Costume Design Anouk Schiltz / Dramaturgy Youness Anzane / Sound design Rajivan Ayyappan / Assistant Director Jonathan Christoph / Choreography Emmanuela Iacopini / Actors Robin Barde, Nicole Dogue, Jérôme Michel, Christophe Ratandra, Elsa Rauchs, Jeanne Werner and the voice of Luc Schiltz,
Production Théâtre National de Luxembourg / Coproduction CAPE/Ettelbrück
Philosophical controversy or perversion? Wealthy aristocrats, for their own amusement or existential questioning, decide to lock up four young men for twenty years, away from society, in order to witness an experiment in "life".
Subject of their experiment: Who of the man or the woman was the first inconstant? Shuffle the cards; The snake and the apple are put back into play.
The man who decided this is a King (since his son is a prince), and it is to his son "The Prince" that he offers this experiment post mortem, because twenty years have passed. The Prince therefore decides, in order to find a way out of the "dispute" that opposes him to his courtesan; Hermiane, to open the doors of this closed world that must represent "the beginning of the world". This "beginning of the world" which can thus provide the proof of the power of the innate on the acquired and which can judge the constancy of the world and the inconstancy of the relations.
The world of this Prince lives a fin de siècle, the end of a world. Degeneracy lurks, just like the ultra-rich class of today who no longer know what to invent to feel alive. It is the total boredom, the emptiness, the desire that they have murdered. They seek the taste of life without knowing that they kill it by their omnipotence. At the "beginning of the world" would hide humanity and purity? And it is in contact with the other and the society that the perversion would surface... J.J Rousseau makes himself heard.
The performance of the six actors is impeccable and resolutely enjoyable - a joy that the spectator shares all the more since he is dispersed on the four sides of the arena for maximum immersion. Jeff Schinker / The game of monogamy / Tageblatt
As with her other productions, Sophie Langevin is full of ideas and has an eye for aesthetics Josée Hansen / Narcissism and vanities / d'Lëtzebuerger Land
VENICE BIENNALE OF ARCHITECTURE 2014
Modernity, loved, hated or ignored?
How has modernity imposed itself on our daily lives?
How do we look at the buildings we see every day?
Rejection, appropriation or indifference?
We propose a dive into the archives of Luxembourg but above all a journey through the events that testify to the confrontation of man with modernity.
In the manner of Agent Dale Cooper landing in an unknown land in the small border town of Twin Peaks in David Lynch's famous series, Jane Doe arrives in Luxembourg.
Five investigations await her. All have the same objective: to retrace the sinuous path followed by men in their insatiable quest for novelty. 5 crossroads in time and space, built in a back and forth between tradition and modernity.
Each of the information gathered during the investigations are isolated elements forming so many parallel stories that end up being assembled in a giant puzzle.
Curators Stéphanie Laruade, Bohumil Kostohryz, Sophie Langevin / Curator Fondation de l'Architecture et de l'Ingénierie / The committee of experts Joseph Abram, Jill Mercedes, Gabriele Diana Grawe, Nico Steinmetz, Tatiana Fabeck, Andrea Rumpf / Architects Matej Spacek, Vojta Dvosak, Alexandre Kopoev / Image Editing Amin Jaber / Lighting Designer David Debrinay / Technical Editing Denis Jousselin / Computer Specialist Frantisek Veseli / Translation Annicka Shapiro / Electrical Management Bruno Vahalik
THE NIGHT JUST BEFORE THE FORESTS by Bernard-Marie Koltès
Director Sophie Langevin / Set design Sophie Langevin and François Dickes / Sound design André Dziezuk / Lighting design David Debrinay / Stage manager Fabrizio Leva / Assistant director Cecilia Guichart / With Denis Jousselin
Production Théâtre du Centaure de Luxembourg / Supported by the City of Luxembourg, Ministry of Culture, National Cultural Fund
Creation 2010/ Avignon Festival 2011
"I can only conceive of a future in a kind of permanent imbalance of the mind, for which stability is not only a dead time, but a real death" Bernard-Marie Koltès
This soliloquy is a long urban drift that tells of the impossibility of anchoring oneself, the instability, the quest and/or rejection of a normalized life, the dichotomy between day and night, the hope of an exchange. "It is a quest for an improbable dialogue in the urban night; condemned beings who try to overcome their loneliness, "deadbeats" in the trade of feelings who are unable to dominate their desire and hide their heartbreaking need for love by crying it out in an overpopulated desert; "illicit" destinies in "unapproved" places where one expects to be struck; strangers who do not belong here.
Radical. The first definition that comes to mind at the end of Denis Jousselin's performance, an hour and a quarter of an almost motionless monologue. Josée Hansen - Lêtzebuerger Land
In a black space like a Soulages painting, Denis Jousselin alone on stage, breathtaking: Through words, he conjures up absence and lack. Josée Zeimes - Le Jeudi
It would take every day of a night's talk just before the forests for us to become more aware of certain characters, for us to learn to understand the solitude of someone whom society seems to have forgotten. Mike Robert - Tageblatt
Production 2022 / Projeten
Concept and artistic direction : Stéphane Ghislain Roussel
Papess Joan is a legendary character, who, in the IXᵉ century, is said to have ascended to the papacy by posing as a man. Her pontificate is generally placed between 855 and 858. The imposture was allegedly revealed when she gave birth in public during a Corpus Christi procession. Inspired by a text by the French philosopher Émilie Hache, carried here by the actress Sophie Langevin, the video Papesse explores the contemporaneity of this figure, questioning, in a radical way, the place of women in the Christian Church and the integration of polytheism.
Concept and artistic direction Stéphane Ghislain Roussel / Papesse Jeanne Sophie Langevin / Camera Paula Onet / Music Hildegard von Bingen, " O ignee spiritus " / The voice of the angel Véronique Nosbaum / Costume La compagnie du costume - with the care of Anne-Marie Schwartz / Make-up Claudine Moureaud / Production PROJETEN
Concept and artistic direction from Stéphane Ghislain Roussel
The project of Lam Lai, a composer from Hong Kong, based in the Netherlands, is to program a series of performances that will all be given on 02.02.2020, and gathered on a web platform (all artistic genres are invited). The idea being that each of these performances is given in a geographical location corresponding to a time zone. Thus, through this singular cartography, the world map will be crossed by as many forms given at the moment of entering the hours of February 2, 2020 (date forming a palindrome). 11.11.02. Baba Vanga, which will be interpreted/performed by Sophie Langevin, looks at the figure of the medium and oracles, gathering a series of predictions from mediums present in history and on the five continents and all offering a vision or the answer to a question related to the date of February 2, 2020 or the month of February. The performance will be filmed and broadcast on the 02.02.2020 platform created by Lam Lai and on the PROJETEN website.
Concept and artistic direction Stéphane Ghislain Roussel / Video Paula Onet Paula Onet / Performer Sophie Langevin/ Assistant video Jonathan Christoph / Research André Roussel