ARTCENA collects documentary resources for each text selected by Contxto network : an English-subtitled interview of the author and a documented file in English to help artistic groups who want to know more about those texts.
Translated by Amanda Gann
Events unfold on a terrace overlooking the sea. It’s night. There’s a party in this club, which might be called La Batelière. There’s no doubt that people are dancing inside. In the background, the throbbing beat of music can be heard. The terrace is deserted. A vast expanse of concrete. In the distance, trees and hills sloping towards the sea can be made out and the faint sound of the waves can be heard.
A couple have fled outside to the terrace, escaping the noise and commotion inside: a mature woman, Chine, and a man, Rodez. He has a bandaged hand, and the whiteness of the dressing contrasts with the darkness of the night.
It all starts with an exhaustive itemisation of their first encounter which, according to Chine, was charged with desire. Obsessively and relentlessly, she will relate an account of their first meeting. Like a boxer desperate to punch an opponent who has already been knocked out, she will chronicle the anatomy of an all-consuming passion into which she threw herself body and soul, and in which the usual reference points of conquest, of male and female are almost immediately blurred or, in any event, overthrown.