PARIS, 6 November 1998 -
The show started in the lobby. The audience was queueing up to get its
tickets when nine straight-backed, stiff-kneed majorettes, attired in
varying shades of apricot and orange, strutted amongst them, swinging
batons, beating drums. They were generally taking themselves very
seriously indeed, despite the muffled giggles of the onlookers.
The billboard showed we were there for Philippe Decoufflé's
Shazam, but what we got was a conjuring trick which dazzled
for over 1 1/2 hours.
Dance, theatre, magic, illusion, mirrors, cinema, movement, life,
death, love, humour, fragility, anguish, countryside, insects - insects?
Ending with nine "majorettes", this time dressed in darker
tones of apricot and orange, grouped together statuesque, impassive
and motionless, except for fingers clacking imaginery castagnettes to
the lively music of "Hernando's Hideaway."
Commedia dell' arte with an international accent. Olé!
MC93 - Maison de la Culture de Bobigny
From 26 November until 17 July 1999, the show
will tour 11 French cities as well as being produced in Lisbon,
Antwerp, Japan, Jerusalem, Amsterdam and London.