With Tabac Rouge, he presents his fifth production since founding Compagnie du Hanneton in 1998. And the production marks two important shifts in his career – firstly, Thiérrée himself will not be performing in the piece, which seems only fair, considering that he is nearing forty and his career as a performing artist started at the tender age of four. Secondly, Tabac Rouge also takes a step away from the stunt-filled and very circus-inspired multi-artistry of previous shows such as Au Revoir Parapluie and Raoul and moves towards a more dance-focused language.
The last time Thiérrée visited London (performing Raoul at The Barbican in 2009), the reviews ranged from 4 extraordinary and delightful stars to one lonely and shuddering little star. Why? Because Thiérrée’s work does not always make sense – it is very much open to interpretation, and thus is highly dependent on its audience and their state of mind when they enter the theatre.
The trailer for Tabac Rouge shows a set that is reminiscent of both a quintessential inventor’s workshop and a mad scientist’s laboratory – and perhaps that is not too far away from what one can expect when settling into the seats at Sadler’s Wells next March…
|What||James Thiérrée, Tabac Rouge, Sadler's Wells|
|Where||Sadler's Wells, Roseberry Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
25 Mar 14 – 29 Mar 14, 12:00 AM
|Website||click here to book via Sadler's Wells|