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)
  • 9, 10, 11 December 2022, @Escher Theater (LU)
  • Tour dates in France and UK from January 2023





Combining an interest in vocal work, visual art, and bodies in movement, Empire of a Faun Imaginary is a melancholic world in search of the miraculous, that explores the claustrophobic potential of onwardness, in reaction with qualities of the eerie, the still, and the slow. Tussling with an existential difficulty to see value in things, Empire of a Faun Imaginary investigates the human brain’s capacity to undo itself, as well as loneliness, hunger, restlessness, sadness, the pursuit of fear, and the notion that only death has any clear value.


It is a loud unheard cry.


And it is also, almost, a challenge.



Artistic director: Simone Mousset
Performers: Tasha Hess-Neustadt, Lewys Holt, Eevi Kinnunen, Hannah Parsons
Artistic companion: Neil Callaghan
Dramaturg: Lou Cope
Lighting designer: Seth Rook Williams
Sound designer: Alberto Ruiz Soler
Scenographer and costume designer: Lydia Sonderegger
Voice workshopping and vocal composition: Jamie McCarthy
Cultural theorist (research): Macon Holt
Producer: Vasanthi Argouin
Administrator: Cathy Modert
With the support of Les Indépendances (Développement France)

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)
Soutien: TROIS C-L – Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois (LU) ; Fondation Indépendance by BIL (LU) ; CN D Centre national de la danse dans le cadre du dispositif Artistes en expérimentation au CN D à Lyon (FR)
Commissioned by The Place (GB)
Résidence en simple prêt à La Briqueterie – CDCN du Val-de-Marne
Simone Mousset Projects est conventionnée avec le ministère de la Culture
Simone Mousset est artiste associée au Escher Theater (LU) et à The Place (GB), et accompagnée par la Fondation Cléo Thiberge Edrom (FR)