Premiered in 2017 at MCB° Bourges
Puppets, light show and live music
White Dog takes place in the USA of the 1960s, torn by racial conflict.
Martin Luther King has just been assassinated. All over the country, rioting has broken out. Blacks struggle relentlessly to win their civil rights.
Surrounded by this urban violence, Romain Gary and his wife, actress Jean Seberg, adopt a stray german shepherd, and name him Batka. Although their new pet seems sweet and affectionate, he is no ordinary canine. Now and then, he bristles with savagery, as if overcome by his wol sh nature. Without warning, the familiar disintegrates, giving way to the ferocious.
“What is wrong with this dog?”
The humans delve into understanding the animal’s behavior, trying to save its life.
Together, the lighting, the projected backdrops, the puppets, and the musicians dramatize Romain Gary’s poignant memoir. A jazz drummer keeps the tension rising as the great white expanse of the stage darkens. As if watching a movie, the audience sees a bruised and bruising society take shape, with many a shadowy corner.
Two years after staging R.A.G.E., Les Anges au Plafond continue to illuminate the humanism of Romain Gary. Here, they tackle the question of the conditioning of the human mind.
What hope is there for a dream of brotherhood and reconciliation, when human stupidity rhymes with animal ferocity? Is manipulation synonymous with training?
Can hatred be unlearned?
Premiered in 2017
All audiences from 12 Years old
Duation : 95 min
Based on Romain Gary’s novel "Chien Blanc" (Editions Gallimard)
With Brice Berthoud, Arnaud Biscay, Yvan Bernardet, and Tadié Tuené
Director : Camille Trouvé, assisted by Jonas Coutancier
Adaptation: Brice Berthoud and Camille Trouvé Script: Saskia Berthod
Puppeteers: Camille Trouve, Amelie Madeline and Emmanuelle Lhermie
Set design: Brice Berthoud assisted by Margot Chamberlin
Music: Arnaud Biscay and Emmanuel Trouvé
Sound design: Antoine Garry
Slide show: Marie Girardin and Jonas Coutancier
Lighting design: Nicolas Lamatiere
Costume design: Severine Thiebault
Stage mechanisms: Magali Rousseau
Set construction: Les Ateliers de la MCB
General Management: Lena Le Tiec
Press and booking : Isabelle Muraour
Coproduction : MCB° - Scène nationale de Bourges, Le Bateau Feu - Scène nationale de Dunkerque, La Maison des Arts du Leman, Scène conventionnée de Thonon-Evian-Publier, Le Tangram - Scène nationale Evreux Louviers, Culture Commune - Scène nationale du Bassin minier du Pas de Calais et le Théâtre 71 – Scène nationale de Malakoff. Avec le soutien d'ARCADI Ile-de-France, de la SPEDIDAM et de l'ADAMI.
Our thanks and thoughts to Nathalie Arnoux.
All pictures and video : (c) Vincent Muteau.
Except : (c) Morgane Jéhanin for the picture of Tadié Tuéné and the puppet of Keys
(c) Morgane Jéhanin for the picture of Jean Seberg's puppet