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Dominique

2020

Narrative performance, Studio Thor, Brussels.

Pictures credit Michel Christelbach.

In september 2016 after a family death, I had to take care of the legal procedure and immerse myself in the family administrative documents. While rummaging through closets, files, and the computer, I sometimes came across more intimate writings, life stories, photos, and family films. I discovered more about who this woman was, I observed her life and her personal story which resonated with the more global history of a country.

It is the life of this woman that I want to pass on, the life of Dominique, as an anonymous monument within the historical accounts.

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Dominique

2020

Studio Thor, Brussels.

Pictures credit Michel Christelbach.

This performance, which uses different archives, questions the superposition of often contradictory points of view on the same character.

First, there is the presence of the narrator/performer who welcomes the audience, warns them of the documentary aspect of the story, and begins a chronological narration in the third person, dwelling mainly on facts and dates. He develops his story while blowing up larger and larger red balloons. His speech is interrupted by the reading of documents written by Dominique, the main « character ». These first-person texts use a lexical field close to psychoanalysis, and take an analytical look at significant, or even traumatic events of her life.

To the words are added the images of Dominique's father, through the projection of extracts from his amateur 8mm films, in which he staged family life. These images span several decades and show us the evolution of her body from childhood to adulthood, as well as the environment in which she grew up. In addition to the father’s images, press articles reveal us the professional career of Dominique. These images/texts that she has kept all her life have an authentic and historical character, but by their clumsy cut out of Dominique’s hands, they are also relics of a subjective glory.

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Dominique

2020

Studio Thor, Bruxelles.

Crédit photo Michel Christelbach.