(from France 24, 8/2.)

As part of a summer festival that showcases 18 different performance pieces across the French capital, the theatre piece “Sans Objet” invited the audience to question man’s relationship with technology.

The star of the show is a piece of industrial machinery reconverted into a marionette, which controls two dancers like objects. 

But despite the often humorous interactions between the machine and the dancers there is also a dark undercurrent to “Sans Object”, a work by the Toulouse-based new circus company Compagnie 111 and directed by Aurélien Bory. Is the machine being controlled by the humans, or is it the other way around? Is it a playful giant, or are its intentions more sinister?

The machine also rearranges the stage props as well as the human characters, inviting the audience to question the role and importance of technology in modern life.


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