Hilum is a micro comic-tragedy based on the cycles of the washing machine. A mixed batch of nursery rhymes, cartoon images, partial objects and other references to childhood locution are thrown into the spin cycle with the aim of airing the fairy tale’s dirty laundry. Hilum takes place in the basement laundry room of a second-rate Natural History Museum. The cellarage is populated by a host of dubiously adorable urchins who have, for some reason or other, been cut off from the rest of the kingdom of curiosities that has remained ordered upstairs. Orphaned and liberated from their hosts, the prenatal rascals amuse themselves as most children would do at this age. Washer-women attend to their opus of bleaching laundry, despite the frequent shenanigans of the children. What starts off as mere women’s work and child’s play eventually becomes impossible. In the cubic crucible- whites mix with colours, wools are washed with warm water, the cat is chucked into the heavy duty rinse… and playtime quickly becomes a downright theatre of cruelty.
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Patrick Sims : Text, direction, scenography, puppets
Josephine Biereye : Masks, costumes, accessories, puppets
Patrick Sims, Josephine Biereye, Céline Chevy, Christophe Avril
Sophie Barraud : Stage manager
David Hayter : Set construction and lighting designer
DJ Final Rinse : Music
Production / Co-productionProduction : Les Antliaclastes
Writing residencie at Footsbarn Travelling Theater.
Hilum was created in 2010 and performed to : Festival de Marionnettes La Motte Servolex, London Mime Festival, Footsbarn Studio, Festival Les Arts Mêlés, Théâtre L’Epée de Bois, Cartoucherie de Vincennes, Théâtre des Alberts, Yzeure Espace, Théâtre Cusset Furies, L’entresort Chalons en Champagne, Centre Dramatique National de Bourgogne, ABC-Dijon, Comédie Clermont-Ferrand Scène Nationale, Festival Mondial Charleville Mézières, Festival Court Toujours, CDN Thionville, Neuchâtel Festival, Semaines Internationales de la Marionnette / Suisse, Unidram 2011, International theaterfestival Potsdam / Germany, Théâtre Vidy Lausanne, La Carrosserie de Saint Amand Montrond, L’équinoxe scène nationale de Chateauroux, TJP Strasbourg, Les Giboulées, Grand bleu Lille, Orbis Picpus Festival Reims, Vergeze Festival, Théâtre Marmaille Limoges, Festival International Kérala (India).