Pictures of sleep. The day after the night of insomnia. Inside landscapes.

We seek the depth of sleep, the depth of landscape. We turn away from geographically recognizable places, we look for textures. We try to let them become the sleep material of the Sleeper. As if we could see around her the inside of her dream, her impression.

"Before being a conscious spectacle, any landscape is a dreamlike experience," writes Bachelard. The Sleeper is absent, her dream appears. Sometimes the landscape invades the bed and becomes a blanket.

These images are taken in the darkroom. We take time to let ourselves be inhabited by space, and to live there too.

We set up our bed in the Pyrenees during Summer 2009, in Frioul Islands in Autumn, in Névache valley in Winter, and we arrived in Spring 2010 in Vitrolles . Since then, we have made landscape covers in Ardèche (Sur le Chemin des Lauzes) and in Camargue. We also reach a high mountain valley in Gap region in September 2015.

In the theatres where we perform the show, we often invite the photographic project : an exhibition of images takes place in the theatre or a nearby space. The images also have their own life, and are regularly exhibited without the show.

 
"La Dormeuse" was exhibited in 2011 at La Baleine qui dit vagues (Marseille) and Vélo Théâtre (Apt); in 2012 at Andiamo Gallery (Marseille), Cité du Livre (Aix-en-Provence / collective exhibition), Celadon Gallery (Marseille), and Arbories (Bonnieux) ; in 2013 at Théâtre Romain Rolland (Villejuif) and Espace 600 (Grenoble), la Gare Franche (Marseille) and Théâtre de Fontblanche (Vitrolles), in 2014 at Citron Jaune (Port St Louis), The Place (London), Foix, and La Passerelle (Gap), in 2016 at Les 2 Scènes (Besançon), in 2017 at Hôpital d'Arras, in 2018 at Hôpital psychiatrique de Pontorson.
Project supported by the City of Vitrolles, the Citron Jaune (Port St Louis du Rhône) and the Passerelle (Scène Nationale de Gap). We were welcomed in residence by Sur le Sentier des Lauzes (Ardèche). The exhibitions are supported by the AZA laboratory (Marseille).
 

Photography: Vincent Beaume.

With the support of Antoine Combier, Alice Boitel.