Le verrou (The Lock) opens with the re-enactment of Fragonard’s eponymous painting, painted towards the end of the 1770s, mixing official history of art, as with fictional history of art, reminiscences of the Age of Enlightenment and romantic stammering, graphic debauchery and pre-revolutionary atmosphere, physical performances on a bed and discursive performances at the table. Drawing simultaneously the pictural thread, from sexualised, from fantasy, from the historic, it is highly likely for us to run into a snag : that is exactly what the play is searching for. The ‘snag’.
Gutting Venus comprises three plays – I Make Love to Eyes, Beautiful Indifference and The Lock (fantasy figure wrongly attributed to Fragonard).
The end of each part is the starting point for the next: similar arrangement of people and objects, the same red velvet curtain, the same questions.
It is best to see the three parts if you wish to have an answer to the questions. But the answer not being clear, you can settle for one or two parts.
Cover Photo: Le verrou ©Danielle Voirin
Réalisation Claire Ananos