Choreography for a family scene

It is an indoor scene. The house is still under construction. The decor is minimal : stone wall, concrete or tile floor, shed, barn... denoting a provincial or residential area. The outdoors, which provides the main source of light, remains blindingly vague.

It is a kind of closed-door drama revolving around the intimate relationships of a family, which is that of the artist. This has nothing to do with the aesthetics of the ordinary or trivial, those custard pies with nothing to show but chic. Although most of the protagonists are scantily clad or totally naked, it has nothing to do with light comedy either.

It is more a psychodrama of the intimate. Besides the triangle of the nuclear family, with father, mother and daughter or son, other relatives are also involved in the drama. Different generations are convened to evoke transmission that is nonverbal but arises from a bodily potlatch. While some compassion, in the etymological sense, seems to bring these participants closer within the family story, the contact between them is less a source of tenderness than a result of family secrets. Nothing obscene transpires ; everything is played out on this stage, as if illuminated by the time of the image, in the complicit closeness of the bodies, not unaware of the so-called primitive scene occurring offstage. Like a libretto for an oratorio with a continually rehashed argument.

As in contemporary "non-dance", the action is expressed in the distance between bodies, in the minimal gestures that reduce the distance between solitudes, in the bareness of these bodies abandoned to their affects.

The artist comes to bring order to these family ties, organising the spaces between and attitudes of the members of the troop, with each playing their own role obediently.

The viewer is put in the role of witness, taken as far back as their childhood, projected in their own genealogy.

Christian Gattinoni