Physical theater virtuoso James Thierrée's Tabac Rouge comes to BAM on September 30. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of articles and videos related to the show. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought below and by posting on social media using #TabacRouge.
BAM Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo discusses his selection of Compagnie du Hanneton's Tabac Rouge for the 2015 Next Wave Festival.
Tabac Rouge (PDF)
Blurring Circus Frontiers (BAM blog)
"With a cast of world-class dancers and high-level acrobats, Tabac Rouge represents the erratic desires of a capricious tyrant through the mesmerizing and whimsical physicality of his people."
In Chaplin's Footsteps: How James Thierrée Became Vaudeville Royalty (The Independent)
The great-grandson of Charlie Chaplin had an auspicious theatrical beginning: playing a suitcase.
Flight and Bliss: The Work of James Thierrée (Brooklyn Rail)
"Certainly I don’t have anything against words," says Thierrée. "I just know that in my work, I’m kind of shooting so much visually and physically that words would just make you sick."
Watch & Listen
Tabac Rouge Trailer (BAM)
Snippets from Thierrée's steampunk dystopia, courtesy of BAM.
James Thierrée's Tabac Rouge: Part I, Part II, Part III (Sadler's Wells)
"It's a show about desire and power and systems and mechanisms of society and how people organize ...[There're] really a lot of layers in this cake."
Now your turn...
What did you think? Convinced now that words are overrated? Thoughts on Thierrée's movement or particular brand of tyrannical overlord? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #TabacRouge.