nyMusikk Bergen presents:
François Sarhan at Borealis 2014
Céline Bernard - foley artist
Mark Knoop - piano
Adam Rosenblatt - percussion
Francois Sarhan - actor
Shila Anaraki - coach & dramaturgy
A black box. One percussionist. One pianist. A Foley artist and an actor. The audience in the centre. The Last Lighthouse Keepers is an unusual and surrealist experience, where the beam of an imaginery lighthouse switches on and off all that is happening, defining the stage. The moment you repeat an action, you start a ritual, as does the turning light above the audience, creating repetition and trance. The piece provides a space for performing music, a space for video, where voices double instruments and where a stage design made of paper becomes an actor itself by being moved and being changed – and eventually destroyed.
The audience will be forced to move and will be kept alert, which will give them a certain engagement and fragility. The outcome is hoped to be something more friendly than a traditional forward-facing performance, more the sort of thing you have in a rock concert where the audience are really enjoying the show together. And somehow the last lighthouse keepers are the audience, too.
The Last Lighthouse Keepers is based on a Surrealist approach, which started with the discovery of the importance of the dreamer and the unconscious at the beginning of the century through Freud. Sarhan is interested in highlighting the layers of what we are and what we do through our imagination and reading of the unconscious, his conception is anti-materialistic and anti-pop.
François Sarhan (b.1972 in Rouen, France) studied composition with Brian Ferneyhough, Jonathan Harvey, Magnus Lindberg, Tristan Murail and others. As well as teaching at Paris’s IRCAM and founding the multi-arts collective CRWTH, he works as a visual artist, stage director and performer. A key to his inspiration lies in his ‘Encyclopédie’, a handmade book of invented surrealist texts and collages. In 2008, he started directing himself his own productions amongst which ‘King Lear’, a chamber opera, where Sarhan functioned as composer, stage director and film maker.