“Who could tell how Macao & Cosmage came to this island, how destiny united them? Noone could! Noone will ever know how! But that does not matter. It is their extraordinary life we are interested in, on this fantastic island, where Macao and Cosmage are alone and so far away from us!” In 1919, Edy Legrand, author and illustrator, wrote a totally innovative book for the Gallimard editions: Macao and Cosmage or the Experience of Happiness."
In 1919, Edy Legrand, author and illustrator, wrote a totally innovative book for the Gallimard editions: Macao and Cosmage or the Experience of Happiness.
Macao and Cosmage grew up happily and alone on a heavenly island. One fine day, the remarkable French civilisation settled, with its blue, white and red flag, and its bunch of civil servants, scholars, soldiers, futile pleasures and technology. The exploited island was soon to become unrecognisable. Against the tide of the colonial thought of the beginning of the 20th Century, this book sheds light on the profound disruptions of the beginning of the 20th Century. It balances out all the good deeds and pitfalls of the Modern Times.
The Art Deco style of the magnificent strips of the album, the free and committed tone of the author convinced the Stage Director, Eric Domenicone, to adapt Macao and Cosmage’s relationship, on stage.
The denunciation of extravagant industrialisation, the ode to ecology and the insight on colonialism, in this story, still strangely resonate today.
The story of Macao & Cosmage has crossed the time barrier. As all great works, it gives us the analytical ability and critical outlook, on our era, that we so often lack. Yseult Welschinger, actress and pupeteer, uses the tricks of paper theatre. She relates and sings this philosophical tale. From her trunks, she unfolds images, animates pictures and projects shadows. The book comes to life and a great fresco rolls out.
The pianist-composer Pierre Boespflug is on stage, by the actress’ side. His music conveys sumptuousness and the musical breakthroughs of the beginning of the century. It unfolds the poetic dimension of the work and accompanies speech beyond words.
Direction: Eric Domenicone | Acting and manipulation: Yseult Welschinger | Composition and music on stage (piano): Pierre Boespflug | Stage Manager: Chris Caridi | Costumes and Paper theater: Daniel Trento | Video images : Marine Drouard | Construction of the Puppet Theater: Olivier Benoit | Film: Jeff Gondek | Production manager: Nona Holtzer | Tour director : Babette Gatt