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)
  • January 2022, Presentation by Simone @CANAL, CND Paris (FR)
  • 13 Mai 2022, Work in progress sharing @CND Lyon (FR)
  • 10 & 11 December 2022, @Escher Theater (LU)



Empire of a Faun Imaginary is about the feeling of venturing into the unknown, when the pull of the known is so strong. It is about circling the unknown as a practice, and asking: Will we ever land? Do we want to land? It is a symposium of half-finished findings, where scientists do magic, and where mammoths run in circles. It is a long and luxurious meandering, wandering, and wondering, in a directionless space. Where there are sightings of fauns and bodies, where there are powerful phenomena shifting the fixedness of things, and anchoring the unfixedness of things.


Empire of a Faun Imaginary is an adaptation, a collage, a song, an interweaving of things that were not meant to be interwoven. It is now a solo, now a duo, now a quartet with a song. It is made up of parallel narratives, unfinished narratives, fragmented narratives, of things started and interrupted, performed by people who are present in each other’s narratives, but at the periphery.


Empire of a Faun Imaginary is a work about insistence, over-belief, and the importance of mystery and the unknown. It is about leaning towards death as a way to go on, and about the horror of the long and useless road. In that, it tries to articulate, practise, and finally embody an imagined Zeitgeist,  that asks: How can we go on, and how can we dream again?


Artistic direction: Simone Mousset

Artistic companion/sidewind: Neil Callaghan

Performers: Tasha Hess-Neustadt, Lewys Holt, Eevi Kinnunen, Hannah Parsons

Scenography and costumes: Lydia Sonderegger

Lighting design: Seth Rook Williams

Further artistic team in construction


Production Manager: Seth Rook Williams

Producer: Vasanthi Argouin

Administration: Cathy Modert

Production: Simone Mousset Projects


Co-producers and partners: Escher Theater (LU), Esch 2022, Capitale européenne de la Culture (LU), KLAP Maison pour la danse (FR), Les Hivernales – CDCN d’Avignon (FR), The Place (GB), CND Lyon (FR), POLE SUD-CDCN Strasbourg (FR), TROIS C-L – Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois (LU).

With many thanks for the support of the Fondation Cléo Thiberge Edrom sous l’égide de la Fondation de France (FR)