Memento Mori, 2012

Video – HDCAM – Color – 97 min

Production : Redshoes / Les Cris de Paris
Co-production : Seppia, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, avec le soutiens de La Maison Rouge – Fondation Antoine de Galbert
Creation March 26 2012 at Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris
Video recording by Radio France


In a static shot, five wolves emerge from the fog. They roam like prisoners through an artificial space resembling a blend between a playground, an opera set and a zoo enclosure.

Memento Mori is a video tableau accompanying an oratorio composed of unpublished moral cantatas by composer Luigi Rossi and spiritual madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi. The work is presented in the form of a vanitas, an expression of man’s finitude and the meaninglessness of existence.

The musical piece, conceived by Geoffroy Jourdain, flanks Benjamin Lazar’s reading of the Sermon du Mauvais Riche (sermon of the evil rich man), one of Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet’s most famous texts. Given in 1662 at the Louvre before the king and his court, the sermon represented the first time the royal power was publically confronted with the question of wealth sharing.

 

…Following a small pack, captive and resigned, as it roams in real time,
Telling death like a children’s story
Sharing a purgatory shot through with boredom and fright.
Filming an enclosure like a still life.”
Excerpt from the letter of intent.