CHAOSMOS is an immersive and poetic performance. This visual and sonic cocoon forms a utopian space that originated during a conversation involving Raphaële Thiriet, Mark Lawes and the renowned visual artist and original lead vocalist from the band CAN Malcolm Mooney, on the necessity of deconstructing power relations inherited through colonization. Inspired by the logic of biodiversity, this inviting curvilinear space welcomes us into the heart of suspended time, creating a sensorial experience of the organic and ever-evolving complexity of the natural world. The coexistence of movement, songs, interviews, texts and video present multiple points of access to this singular interdisciplinary work. At the heart of this performance is a common desire; that of attempting to deconstruct and break free of identities, by disassembling them like pieces of a puzzle, in order to playfully reveal potential new ways of becoming. In many ways CHAOSMOS speaks subtly about the necessity to reconnect to nature and the notion of biodiversity, for the human being is only a small piece of a larger interconnected whole, and the challenge today is to find our proper and humble place within that environment. On another level the work could be seen as an homage to our great friend Malcolm Mooney, who shares his sensitivities and concerns for the world we live in today.
Conceived by Mark Lawes and created in collaboration with Raphaële Thiriet, Ian Jarvis, Malcolm Mooney
Text and dramaturgy: Raphaële Thiriet,
Music: Ian Jarvis
Camera and video editing: Kyle Thomas
Technical Director: Martin Lepage
Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et lettres du Quebec
Organized by CINARS, Theatre Junction
Co-organized by la Délégation générale du Québec à Tokyo, Yokohama International Performing Arts Meeting Executive Committee
Theatre Junction is a multidisciplinary collective based in Montreal which brings together artists from various disciplines. Together, they explore the interstices of their differences, in order to create works of performing art that reflect the heterogeneity and complexity of our times. The research and dramaturgical writing overseen by Mark Lawes and Raphaële Thiriet, the company’s co-directors, aims to experiment with new forms of representation. The interconnectivity between manufactured and natural environments, real and virtual worlds, are at the core of the artistic research of the company. Their artistic works stand at the crossroads of contemporary dance, music, theatre and the visual arts.