Alternate Title Espaece
Premiere New York Premiere
Country of Origin France
Description Aurélien Bory and Compagnie 111 return to BAM with Espæce, inspired by the life and work of the French writer Georges Perec––in particular, his essay collection Species of Spaces. The book contemplates the many ways in which we occupy the space around us, homing in on the extraordinary ordinariness of everyday life. Bory applies this keen eye to the stage itself, exploring its dimensions, machinery, and infinite narrative possibilities. Featuring his signature gigantic mobile set, the work is performed by actor Olivier Martin Salvan, opera singer Claire Leffiliâtre, and three acrobatic dancers.
Aurélien Bory is the founder of Compagnie 111 which is based in Toulouse, France. He develops shows that cross genre lines in the performing arts (theater, circus, dance, visual arts, music). He first drew international attention with Plan B (2003) and Plus ou moins l'infini (2005), both collaborations with Phil Soltanoff. He has since created Azimut (2013 at Grand Théâtre de Provence in Aix-en-Provence), Géométrie de caoutchouc (2011, Le Grand T, Nantes), and Sans objet (2009, Théâtre national de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées—now called ThéâtredelaCité, Centre dramatique national Toulouse Occitanie—and 2012 NWF). In 2007 he created Les sept planches de la ruse (2008 NWF) with artists from Dalian, China. With a deep love for dance, Bory also collaborated with Pierre Rigal in Erection (2003) and Arrêts de jeu (2006). Bory’s aesthetic is inspired by his interest in science. His works are driven by the exploration of space and ingenious creation of scenography.