Domaine d'O, Montpelier, France
2 - 30 October 2010
As part of Stan's Cafe's three year relationship with Domaine d'O the venue commissioned an edition of The Steps Series for their Ampitheatre. Where better than the South of France to attempt the first outdoor edition.
The curved stage with its high black backwall made us think of the surface of the moon and the night sky. The venue's seasons are programmed by phases of the moon rather than the conventional calander. The Greek style venue, everything pointed towards Apollo Steps.
Three stories of aspiration run in parallel. A young child looks at the moon through a telescope and vows to walk on the moon when they grow up. A child visits a big concert for the first time and vows to walk on the stage as a singer. A minor violinist meets the Prima Ballerina back stage, they flirt and she says one day he will be a soloist too.
We follow one story through university and physical training to a rocket launch and setting foot on the moon. Another child looks at the moon and asks about the man up there. Unseen by many a mouse has done the same journey looking for cheese.
We find the girl at school, playing and singing - she's the best in the school. We follow here as her band splits up. We see her skim her demo disc to a Manager through a crowd at stage door and catch up with her in the wings as she goes on for her first big concert. Her monther is in the front row.
The musician and dancer marry. She grows frail and they attend a concert together. She dies. He attends her funeral before retaking his place as first violinist in the orchestra. As he plays he sees his wife dancing once again.
Devised by Simon Ford and James Yarker
With Denise Stanton and Chris Dugrenier
Translation Charlotte Gregory
Soundscape by Nina West