Impromptus

Impromptus

A NIGHT-TIME MUSEUM VISIT
Living portraits, performances with actors

In music, an impromptu is a short piece that is composed quickly and has something of an improvisation about it, a unique or delicate gesture expressed with grace and precision. Lucilia Caesar has used it for inspiration to invent new forms of performances in museums and exhibition rooms. An innovative and lively way to see a collection and develop a unique approach to the history of art and contemporary creation. Poetic and theatrical interventions (a stroll, tableaux vivants, a guided tour) linked to the works, shifting them and getting people to see them differently, adding even more meaning and humour. Extravagant and relevant, Impromptus reminds us that going to the museum can be so much more than just a visit!

IMPROMPTU 1

Actors put themselves in the shoes of museum attendants. They monitor, check and observe  the public. But sometimes they are absorbed, tormented and influenced by the paintings in the room. Like chameleons, they react, embodying the postures of the painted characters in turn or possessed by the subjects of the paintings, shedding light on and revealing certain aspects of the painting, its timeless style, its unique personality… This performance, adapted to the world of Rubens, was successfully presented at the Musée de Flandre in Cassel.

Directed by: Ingrid von Wantoch Rekowski
Assistant: Manolo Sellati
Actors: Candy Saulnier, Aurélio Mergola, Angelo Dello Spedale Catalano
Production: Lucilia Caesar & Musée de Flandre, Cassel

IMPROMPTU 2

Before seeing the Rubens exhibition, visitors are invited to pass through an anteroom featuring constantly changing tableaux vivants. Inspired and imbued by Rubens’ painting, the actors compose portraits in their own particular way with precise gestures and a mastery of posture. A disturbing presence to which our attentive, but slightly fierce museum attendant has little option but to give in.

Directed by: Ingrid von Wantoch Rekowski
Assistant: Manolo Sellati
Actors: Pascal Crochet, Aurélio Mergola, Pietro Pizzuti, Annette Sachs, Candy Saulnier
Costumes: Regine Becker
Production: Lucilia Caesar & BOZAR (Bozar Night)

IMPROMPTU 3

Six actors invest three distinct locations in the prestigious Salle Henri le Bœuf. A performative symphony in three movements. First movement: triptychs inspired by the Renaissance in the Royal Lodge highlighting the gap between the official moment of the portrait and the accidents inofficious to achieve the “pose”. Second moment: in the basket, three couples in evening dress choreograph the entrance in the hall like a piece of repetitive music. Third movement: a gallery of portraits that cross the epochs (exits and appearances in different lodges), in reference to the exhibitions.

Directed by: Ingrid von Wantoch Rekowski
Assistant: Manolo Sellati
Costumes: Regine Becker
Actors: Angelo Dello Spedale Catalano, Isabelle Dumont, Cécile Leburton, Pietro Pizzuti, Annette Sachs, Candy Saulnier

DATES/VENUES
2014 - Bozar, Brussels - BE
2012 - Musée de Flandre, Cassel - FR
  • Lucilia Caesar
  • Performance