Collectif BPM, Le Collectif BPM Büchi/ Pohlhammer/ Mifsud
do a moped, a cassette tape and a rotary dial phone have in common? They are
obsolete objects that have the power to awaken so many memories. Just
mentioning them brings a smile to our face, and flashbacks start dancing before
our eyes as our minds travel to a recent past. The Collectif
is having loads of fun bringing back these blasts from the past in their piece
three performers, Catherine Büchi, Léa Phlhammer and Pierre Mifsud, revive
these almost-forgotten pieces by narrating their long lost stories in three
short skits of about thirty minutes. The show becomes a cabinet of curiosities filled
with fun, laughter and excitement. “The actual objects are not physically
present on stage. The idea is to bring them to life through acting. It is an
imaginary museum aiming to unearth buried memories,” describes Pierre Mifsud.
piece of treasure in this allegorical museum is scrutinized based on its characteristics.
The cassette tape (or just cassette for those in the know) has this strange
ability to playback our own recorded voices. Bewildering, isn’t it? And what
about the moped, a symbol of an entire generation? “Conjuring these objects
makes us wonder who we were when these things were popular,” adds Pierre
Mifsud. “The moped brings us back to our teenage years, the ideal metaphor for
freedom.” As for the rotary dial phone, it comes back through the lens of cinema,
playing in different movie scenarios (funny and not so funny) in which it is
actors initially met within the 2b company. In this piece, the trio evolve
together on a barren stage that only has three chairs and empty space as décor.
Andrès Garcia fills some of the void with sound effects.
(or rather, overdressed) to the nines, these wacky characters piece back the
fragments of these objects that were commonplace not too long ago and pull them
out of oblivion using their memories and their own personal experiences.
Playwriting, Conception & Performance: Catherine Büchi, Léa Pohlhammer et Pierre Mifsud
External Perspective: François Gremaud
Sound Design: Andres Garcia
Costumes: Aline Courvoisier