The smile distinguishes man from animals. Its execution requires a multitude of muscles that can mean anything and everything: The empathetic, seductive, victorious , mocking, sadistic smile .... A smile to coax, a smile as a weapon of mass destruction but also as a wound in the face.
This marks the meeting of an awkward actress, a condescending director, three bossy shrinks who enjoy telling stories that end badly, a lecturer, an assistant with strange manners and a trio of singers on wheels accompanied by a children’s choir. This merry bunch create stories that intertwine and, through di erent narrative paths and performative actions, demonstrate the ambiguity of the smile.
All the scenes take place in a single space that is constantly modulated by the changing set design.
Gabriel Desplanque born in Aix en Provence, France, in 1981. Lives and Works in Paris, France. Is PhD degree in Le Fresnoy, studio national. Exhibits media, video art and performances, regularly since 2008.
Major exhibitions / events: "Panorama 18", Le Fresnoy Studio national, Tourcoing (2016) - Interactive installation; "Radio Vuitton", Fondation Vuitton (2016) - Sound performance; "J’ai bâti une maison sur trois octaves", Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, France (2014) - Performance for 4 singers and a crazy dog; "Maison Suzanne", Maison Zervos, Bourgogne, France (2014) - solo show.