Simone Mousset | Empire of a Faun Imaginary 2022
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Empire of a Faun Imaginary

  • 28 October 2022, Research sharing by Neil and Simone, @KLAP Maison pour la danse (FR)
  • 27 January 2022, Presentations by Simone @CANAL, CND Paris (FR)
  • 13 Mai 2022, Work in progress sharing @CND Lyon (FR)
  • 11 June 2022, June Events – 6 à 7, Presentation by Simone, @Atelier de Paris (FR)
  • Première: 9, 10, 11 December 2022, @Escher Theater (LU)


Tour dates:

  • 16 February 2023, @Les Hivernales CDCN, Avignon (FR)
  • 28 February 2023, @The Place, London (UK)
  • 29 March 2023, Festival Le Grand Bain, @Le Gymnase CDCN, Roubaix (FR)
  • 13 April 2023, KLAP Maison pour la danse/Théâtre Joliette, Marseille (FR)
  • 3 June 2023, Festival Talentlab, Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg (LU)
  • 6 June 2023, Festival June Events, Atelier de Paris CDCN, Paris (FR)











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Watch Excerpts Trailer on vimeo


Something between a prehistoric opera and an eerie ballet, Empire of a Faun Imaginary addresses feelings of meaninglessness and futility, the inadequate devices we have to navigate them, and the fantasies this generates. Yearning for transformation and new futures, Empire of a Faun Imaginary is a melancholic world in search of the miraculous, that asks: How can we go on, and how can we dream again? The piece combines vocal work, visual art, and bodies in movement to explore our tussle with a contradictory, messy, and uncertain world, where horror and beauty carry on a strange dialogue.



Artistic director: Simone Mousset
Performers: Tasha Hess-Neustadt, Lewys Holt, Eevi Kinnunen, Hannah Parsons, with Jorge Motel / Carine Baccega / Louis Chevalier
Dramaturg: Lou Cope
Artistic companion: Neil Callaghan
Cultural theory consultant: Macon Holt
Sound: Alberto Ruiz Soler
Voice work and vocal composition: Jamie McCarthy
Lighting: Seth Rook Williams
Stage and Costumes: Lydia Sonderegger
Stage and costumes collaboration: Ariane Koziolek, Anne-Sophie Raemy, Leonie Wienandts

Puppet creation: Sophie Ruth Donaldson, Emilie Mathieu

Wigmaker (tights): Birte Meier

Tailoring: Cony Jegerlehner

Producer: Vasanthi Argouin

Production and stage manager: Bryony Byrne

Stage manager: Alberto Ruiz Soler

Assistant stage manager: Jorge Motel

Company management: Cathy Modert
Development in France: Les Indépendances
Attachée de presse (France): Murielle Richard

Production: Simone Mousset Projects

Coproduction: Escher Theater (LU) ; Esch 2022 Capitale européenne de la Culture (LU) ; POLE-SUD, Centre de Développement Chorégraphique National, Strasbourg (FR) ; Centre Chorégraphique National de Nantes (FR) ; KLAP Maison pour la danse (FR) ; Les Hivernales – CDCN d’Avignon (FR) ; Atelier de Paris / CDCN (FR) ; Centre Chorégraphique National de Rillieux-la-Pape, direction Yuval PICK (FR)
Financial partners: The Place – Londres; TROIS C-L – Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois; CN D Centre national de la danse dans le cadre du dispositif Artistes en expérimentation à Lyon; Fondation Indépendance by BIL

With the support of Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg (LU)

Residency at La Briqueterie – CDCN du Val-de-Marne
With thanks to London Contemporary Dance School Costume Department


Simone Mousset Projects is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. Simone Mousset is associate artist at The Place and at Escher Theater, and she is supported by the Fondation Cléo Thiberge Edrom.