Empire of a Faun Imaginary

Empire of a faun imaginary, Simone Mousset © Camilla Greenwell



As part of coproduction project

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.

— Simone Mousset

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Première: December 9 + 10 + 11 2022 at Escher Theater, Luxembourg


Artistic director: Simone Mousset
Performers: Tasha Hess-Neustadt, Lewys Holt, Eevi Kinnunen, Hannah Parsons
Artistic companion: Neil Callaghan
Dramaturgy: 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 ; Esch 2022 Capitale européenne de la Culture ; POLE-SUD, Centre de Développement Chorégraphique National, Strasbourg ; Centre Chorégraphique National de Nantes ; KLAP Maison pour la danse ; Les Hivernales – CDCN d’Avignon ; Atelier de Paris / CDCN ; Centre Chorégraphique National de Rillieux-la-Pape, direction Yuval Pick

Support: TROIS C-L – Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois ; Fondation Indépendance by BIL ; CN D Centre national de la danse dans le cadre du dispositif Artistes en expérimentation au CN D à Lyon ; La Briqueterie – CDCN du Val-de-Marne

Commissioned by The Place

Photo © Camilla Greenwell