Austerlitz

Cover photo: Pyjama dance gala, 1972 ©Gaëlle Bourges

" And wouldn't it be conceivable," continued Austerlitz, "that we also have appointments in the past, in what has been and is already largely erased, and that we go and find places and people who, beyond time, in some way keep a link with us?"

Excerpt from Austerlitz, W.G. Sebald

The project for the next creation can be summed up in one sentence: to make it possible to rendezvous with the past in order to measure the coherence of a present - and of a life. This is the quest of the character named "Austerlitz" in the novel of the same name by German author W. G. Sebald, who arrives in Great Britain as a child after the Second World War, with no memory of either his real name or his family.

We'll follow this form - the possibility of reconstructing a memory: a strange puzzle that leads from one place to another, from one person to another; an oblique wandering, made up of strange digressions and obscure associations.

But we won't be following Jacques Austerlitz's holey memory: we'll be opening up our own in a kind of 7-way autobiographical project. An oblique wandering, then, with biographical elements strictly speaking, but not only: we'll try to make visible imaginary connections with places and people other than those strictly familial.

In short, we make appointments with people other than ourselves, most of whom are dead: we form a secret constellation with them, whose bonds either warm or chill us. We'll just have to live with it.