Cocking a snook at the electoral holograms in the last runs of the French presidential race, César Vayssié’s carte blanche at the Ménagerie de Verre, of which he is an associate this season, is a select apéro with handpicked friends. Its symbol is the Spritz, with its ice cubes and orange slices calling out for summer.

Dancers and non-dancers, performer/storyteller and actress engage in à deux or groups silent conversations through live screens. This is exalted generation Y, a larger than life snapchat or skype.

Carte Blanche to César Vayssié at the Ménagerie de Verre: Volmir Cordeiro, Julia Perazzini, Raphaëlle Delaunay and Dominique Gilliot by Araso
Carte Blanche to César Vayssié at the Ménagerie de Verre: Volmir Cordeiro, Julia Perazzini, Raphaëlle Delaunay and Dominique Gilliot by Araso

Volmir Cordeiro’s long silhouette plays hide and seek with a hoody, Raphaëlle Delaunay in mini-short and multi-coloured pants moves in a slow-motion kind of hip hop, Julia Perazzini, with her red lips and her trickling hair embodies melancholy with grace and Dominique Gilliot brings in some comic relief at the mike. Meanwhile, host César punctuates the show with out of sync interventions, either in a tuxedo or a t-shirt whilst appearing pregnant with a balloon.

A sublime light design enhances the primary colours, flashing greens, flamboyant reds and intimate blues giving to the party, besides a hangover after-taste, its population of lonely souls looking for a new kind of collective harmony.


Carte Blanche to César Vayssié, performance seen at the Ménagerie de Verre on April 21st 2017, with Volmir Cordeiro, Raphaëlle Delaunay, Julia Perazzini, Dominique Gilliot and César Vayssié.

Illustrations © Araso