The Sensemaker (2017 - 2018)
Have you ever waited on the phone for way too long, with a repetitive muzak playing on a loop and an irritating robotic voice telling you endlessly that your request is being processed?
Yes, you have... And so does the protagonist of ‘The Sensemaker’ until she is gradually stretched beyond her limits.
Mixing theatre and dance, this dystopian battle between a woman and an answering machine questions the effects of new technologies on our lives, as well as the laborious administrative procedures of our bureaucratic systems.
'The Sensemaker' (French title: 'Après le bip sonore') is a bureaucratic dystopia with a cynical tone. Created at first as a 30 minutes short piece for the Théâtre de l'Abri in Geneva in 2017, it has then been recreated as a 60 min piece for the Voilà!Europe Festival in London in 2018.
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Choreography, text and interpretation - Elsa Couvreur
Music - Tony Renis, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Angel Haze and so many others
Light creation - Marc Gaillard
Duration - short version 25 min / long version 60 min
Pictures - Sébastien Moitrot
English translation - Erin O'Reilly
Italian translation - Valentina Holecz
German translation - Sophie Ammann
Ukrainian translation - Viktoriya Fedoriv
- 7 and 8 April 2017, Théâtre de l'ABRI, Geneva
- 18 May 2017, La Coulou Bâtiment de la Cigüe, Geneva
- 15 June 2017, Point-Favre, Chêne-Bourg GE
- 30 June 2017, Quai du Mont Blanc, Tour de la Rade en 80 jours, Geneva
- 5 July 2017, BE Festival, Birmingham UK
- 28 juillet 2017, Ile Rousseau, Tour de la Rade en 80 jours, Geneva
- 26 April 2018, Point Favre, Chêne-Bourg GE
- 4 May 2018, Fête de la Danse , Spazio Morel, Lugano TI
- 5 May 2018, Fête de la Danse, Temple du Bas, Rue du Temple-Neuf, Neuchâtel NE
- 5 May 2018, Fête de la Danse, Centre de Culture ABC, La Chaux-de-Fonds NE
- 6 May 2018, Fête de la Danse, Théâtre Benno Besson, Yverdon-les-Bains VD
- 26 May 2018, Nuit des Musées, La Parfumerie GE
- 22 June 2018, Fête de la Musique, Scène Danse GE
- 1st July 2018, Fringe Preview Showcase, Lancaster UK
- 3 to 11 August 2018, Zoo Venues, Aviary, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, UK
- 13 April 2019 (20 min excerpt) - Bourse Suisse aux Spectacles, Lachensaal, KKTHUN, Thun CH
- 6 November 2019, European Cabaret Competition Niederstätter surPrize, Cabaret-Théâtre Carambolage, Bolzano, Italy
- 17 July 2020, Micro-soirées du TBB #1, Théâtre Benno Besson, Yverdon-les-Bains VD
- 7 August 2020, Micro-soirées du TBB #4, Théâtre Benno Besson, Yverdon-les-Bains VD
- 29 January 2022, Plate-forme AWA - As We Are, Kinneksbond Centre Culturel Mamer, Luxembourg
- 7 November 2018, Voila!Europe Festival, The Cockpit, London UK
- 17 March 2019 - The Cockpit, London UK
- 10 and 11 May 2019, FinFringe, Åbo Svenska Teater, Turku, Finland
- 9 July 2019, Centre Culturel Ken Saro Wiwa, Harbour of Dreams, Paris France
- 2 to 26 August 2019 (except on Wednesdays 7, 14 and 21), Edinburgh Festival Fringe, ZOO Venues (Playground 1)
- 29, 30 and 31 August 2019, Gothenburg Festival Fringe, Frilagret, Gothenburg, Sweden
- 5 and 6 September 2019, Bångska Våningen, STOFF X Stockholm Fringe, Sweden
- 7 September 2019, Lahti Fringe Festival, Vaahterasali, Lahti Finland
- 18 September 2019, Théâtre du Pommier, Neuchâtel CH
- 22 September 2019, Istanbul Festival Fringe, Turkey
- 19 October 2019, Air GogolFest, Vinnytsia, Ukraine
- 14, 15 and 16 February 2020, Fisico Festival, Alba, Italy
- 12 March 2020, Warwick Arts Centre, Best of BE Tour, Coventry, UK
- 2 October 2020, Dni GogolFest, Dnipro, Ukraine
- 28 May 2021, Startup GogolFest, Mariupol, Ukraine
- 28 May to 30 June 2021, Fisico Festival Alba, Italie - Virtual Ultra, ONLINE
- 11 to 15 June 2021, Rialto Theatre, Brighton Fringe Festival UK
- 24 October 2021, Teater im Burgbachkeller, Zug CH
- 2 to 6 November 2021, Prague Fringe Festival CZ
- 15 November 2021, Enable Us Festival, University of Sheffield, UK
- 23 to 28 November 2021, Théâtre de la Parfumerie, Geneva CH
'It left me feeling deeply affected and pondering everything that I had seen and heard. I hope and trust that ultimately it will leave you feeling as optimistic as I do about the power of art as a force for change.' - Nicholas Collett
'An astonishing, disturbing shapeshifting sliver of genius' - Simon Jenner
'A brilliant piece of theatre. It was like watching an episode of 'Black Mirror' live on stage.'
WEST END PENGUINS
'A journey from darkly comic to deeply discomfiting. Captivating'
'A remarkable piece of absurdist exposition in movement, mime and word'
'An ideal metaphor for our interconnected world'
BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE
'There's plenty of comedy here, but also some necessary darkness’
'Elsa Couvreur is an insightful artist, who demonstrates utmost dedication to her work'
'Stars an impressive and athletic Elsa Couvreur'
PLAYS TO SEE
‘Daring and witty to boot’
A YOUNGER THEATRE
'“The Sensemaker” зірвав бурхливі овації від глядачів. Всі аплодували стоячи впродовж декількох хвилин.'
'Dès son entrée en scène jusqu’à sa sortie, le jeu est teinté d’humour et on ne peut s’empêcher de sourire et de se reconnaître en elle'
'Both a dream and a nightmare.... An absolute masterstroke'
THE PEG REVIEW
'Few use their time so inventively'
'Slick, fun and packed with charisma'
'A remarkable solo performance'
'Ingenious, subversive and scurrilous'
THE REVIEWS HUB
'A hilariously, excruciatingly relatable look at the fears and frustrations of modern life'
'An excellent performance, a funny and triumphant start to the evening"
"Einer hinreissenden Tanzperformance"
'Amusing and thought-provoking'
'Accessible, relatable, charming and funny. I loved it'
BUM ON A SEAT
‘A really interesting piece; being able to bring something so deep across with only the minimal is quite a feat and a very clever response’
GET THE CHANCE
‘The humour at the start was a brilliant juxtaposition to the more horrifying elements at the end’
'Tarkkailuun, yksityisyyden menettämiseen ja teknisiin häiriötekijöihin altistumisessa on omat riskinsä. Esitys tarjoaa mainiota asennetta, jolla vastata näihin kriittisiin kohtiin.''
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