Simone Mousset | BAL: Pride & Disappointment 2021
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Work in progress


BAL: Pride and Disappointment is a collaboration with dance artist Lewys Holt.

It is a reaction to an earlier work, BAL (2017), a fake documentary about a fictional national folk dance company, which seemed to generate feelings of national pride as well as national disappointment.


For BAL: Pride and Disappointment, we start with the question: What if disappointment was something every nation was aiming for?


The new work playfully and darkly addresses feelings of pride and disappointment in relation to an imaginary nation state, influenced by the climate of nationalist populism and the generally worrying geopolitical evolutions of late. The theatre is transformed into a new country, where there are no storms and where there are all the cows and horses we need.


Concept and performance: Lewys Holt, Simone Mousset
Sound: Alberto Ruiz Soler
Costume & set: Lewys Holt, Simone Mousset, Melanie Planchard
Artistic support: Inari Hulkkonen

Dramaturgical support: Thomas Schaupp
Artistic advice: Anne-Mareike Hess
Producer: Vasanthi Argouin
Commissioned and co-produced by Escher Theater, Luxembourg
Conventionné avec le ministère de la Culture
With Many Thanks for the generous logistical support of Abbaye de Neumünster
Simone Mousset Projects a.s.b.l.