Life is a moveable feast. Or so it is for Yves-Noël Genod and this bunch of sixteen 20-year old.

There is the model, the gifted schizophrenic actor, the black diva with the voice of Amy Winehouse singing Jeff Buckley’s Lilac Wine a cappella, Proust’ Albertine in a full vegetable print outfit. Miles away from the jaded apathetic 3.0 youngster archetype, these kids lack neither passion nor French kissing abilities.

La Beauté Contemporaine, Contemporary Beauty by Yves-Noël Genod
La Beauté Contemporaine, Contemporary Beauty by Yves-Noël Genod

Nothing is exactly where it’s supposed to be. Actors come in and out through each of the backstage doors, interrupt each other constantly, chat in Dutch about the latest Star Wars whilst a girl is giving a poignant speech about origins. This tower of Babel relies on meticulous aesthetics. Proust’s La Recherche meets Chassol’s Pipornithology. On a floor, a tubular lighting system projects the colors of a fun fair that will blow into a giant foam party.

It’s hard to tell where it starts and where it ends. “In this house we work with time” says Yves-Noël Genod as a warning that the play will be 1 hour and 50 minutes long. Too bad we don’t feel it them passing by.


La Beauté Contemporaine, (Contemporary Beauty) by Yves Noël Genod, from March 14th to 16th 2017 at the Ménagerie de Verre within the Etrange Cargo Festival

Illustrations © Araso