The kiss of the Frog Prince
"You gave me your mud and I have turned it to gold."
In Vincent Olinet's dream world, a piano is born silently under the silk of a star-draped canopy. From which an imperceptible note escapes, resounds and is transformed into emotion. The objects chosen, created, staged by the sculptor are not a delusion, just a spell that unlocks the unconscious. And when the prince waits for the kiss that will reveal him, it is the artist who appears, a wandering street performer and bearer of dreams.
In this fairy-tale landscape, the director Gilles Bretin awakens a language of images where, threaded on a needle of light, the breath of the wind enters into a dialogue with the artist's words. In this ballet of the senses, the music of Mathieu Baillot, like a drop of colour in water, permeates the dream and is diluted in the spectator's soul.
A door slams... On the carousel of a mountain road, the showman drives away. In the folds of his pocket, everyday noises, nails and hammers, clink under the sign of the fairground trestles. Stripped of its chimeras, reality regains its rights. Reinforced concrete in the heart of the council estate, the underground workshop hides away, growing tame as Vincent’s voice deciphers the score of an artist secluded from the world.
As the boat inspires the journey, the intimate is perceived by the universal. Under the pale neon light, torn between hope and disillusionment, a birthday cake founders under a veil of sweet melancholy.
From the original spark, the artist in his quest pursues the great work of the alchemists. Thus, from a fragment of coal worked in the fire of exigency, the diamond of thought springs forth...
Vivianne Montagnon, writer
Saint Germain du Bois – July 2019
Viviane Montagnon was born in Lyon and lives in Bresse. She is a writer, an author of songs and theatre, an actor, and a singer. One of her latest works Le Panier de Lucette (Lucette’s Basket) was published in 2014 by Editions Aréopage.