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A heart allegory in black & white with LISE PAUTON
directed by Sebastiano Toma

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"When is the end of waiting"? This could start the play.
But it is not spoken. Words would be too gentle for all that around her.
Is she waiting for someone in an abandoned house? Maybe on her husband?
Surely he is a representative, a manager, or even a soldier? But what war are we in? Or is it just the lost dream to itself? Nothing points to a certain epoch. Neither the white curtains nor the few props have a history or origin. What does it matter? We are in the very heart of a woman who lives in a frozen uncertainty beyond normal emotions.
Outside, the trains rattled across the tracks, while dogs like hyenas roared as if there were no tomorrow. Order seems to be lost. The radio plays times Zarah Leander and equal times Bartok or Cowboy Indian Bear. Thoughts are deconstructed in movement sequences and sonicated with archaic sounds, until the body naked and defenseless bends to fate and leaves the field as an animal. The performer Lise Pauton combines philosophical aspects with her dance and her contortion to ever new destinies and new sensations. In a time of post-factual truth, it opposes this and armed itself to create peace. Alone against the world. The heart must wait and stand still under the metallic armor, which replaces the little black.
No little matche girl , but a woman beyond good and evil.

HEART OF THE SHOW
Sebastiano Toma is the creator of the groundbreaking and influential Little Big World, a breathtaking mix of circus, music and visuals. Among other things, he is creative director of the European Youth Circus festival in Wiesbaden, Germany, and also brought us the graphic novel version of Wim Wenders' classic film Wings of Desire/Der Himmel über Berlin.

With Heart he has collaborated with French contortionist and performance artist Lise Pauton. It is a shadowy, unnerving piece of theatre that showcases Pauton's extraordinary physicality, supported by music that veers from 1940s-style Hollywood melodrama to oppressively eerie electronica. The show looks at what would happen if we were to allow our hearts to rule our heads.

As the sole performer, Pauton is, forgive me, the heart of the show. A compelling presence, she is in turns wildly animalistic and silkily graceful. She plays a character apparently trapped in, or a willing inhabitant of a dark room, with backlit white drapes acting as a window to the outside world. With her long curtain of dark hair, initially in front of her face, falling down to her waist, she is at times more creature than woman. She puts the viewer on edge straight away by wielding a large pair of garden shears; will she chop her hair off? Her head? A limb? As the show progresses, she becomes in turns utterly possessed and demonic, thrashing around the stage in a maelstrom of physicality, before slowing and becoming more insular and calm.

Her contortion is no mere display of physicality; when she performs back bends or moves spider-like on all fours, it is to support the feeling of freedom, a lack of restraint that the character possesses.

Heart showcases Pauton's skills, but also gives us an intriguing insight into physical freedom.
Adrian Arratoon -TheWidowStanton- 15.02.2017- Link>  http://thewidowstanton.com

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PRESS
Sebaiano Toma, M11.08.2015/ Hamburg
ENSEMBLE/PRODUCTION

LISE PAUTON PERFORMANCE
SEBASTIANO TOMA DIRECTING
LISE PAUTON & SEBASTIANO TOMA IDEA
JEAN-LUC MAURSLIGHT DESIGN
LEO PLASTAGA SOUND DESIGN
VÉRONIQUE PAUTON CHOREOGRAPHIC ADVICE
STÉPHANE ZANG PROPS DESIGN AND CONTRUCTION
SEBASTIANO TOMA SET DESIGN
SEBASTIANO TOMA & LISE PAUTON RAIEMANTACOMPAGNIE PRODUCTION

COPRODUCTION: PÔLE NATIONAL CIRQUE JULES VERNE D´AMIENS
RESIDENCE SUPPORT: CIRCA, PÔLE NATIONAL DES ARTS DU CIRQUE AUCH
RESIDENCE SUPPORT: GRAINERIE, FABRIQUE DES ARTS DU CIRQUE ET DE L’ITINÉRANCE TOULOUSE

WITH THE SUPPORT OF:
DRAC Midi-Pyrénées/Languedoc Roussillon
Conseil Régional Midi-Pyrénées/Languedoc Roussillon
Conseil Départemental Haute Garonne
Mairie de Toulouse


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Lise Pauton, Raiemanta Compagnie, Sebastiano Toma, Heart,
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