Wagons Libres
By Sandra Iché
Friday May 25, 7pm
In French

In 2000, Sandra Iché writes the story of L’Orient-Express, a Beirut-based francophone magazine from the 1990s, founded and directed by the historian and journalist Samir Kassir. 10 years later, Sandra Iché conducts a new series of interviews with the former contributors of L’Orient Express. This time, however, the interviewees follow a method designed to prevent speech from reproducing the real, a real doomed by the “Arab misfortune”. Rather, the protocol of the interviews lends itself to fiction: the interview takes place in 2030, where we stand today and remember the past. Wagons Libres was written for the stage. It is a spatial and a deconstructed performance of the documentary apparatus where each element is deployed in single units- aural and visual archives, work notes, voice-over, testimony, framing and focus. At 98weeks, Sandra Iché will present a version of Wagons Libres, a talk-fiction pervaded by questions around the construction of history and the acts of narration.

Sandra Iché studied History and Political Sciences at Université Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne. In 2004, she joins The Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S), an art school in Brussels directed by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. In September 2006, she joins the dance company Maguy Marin/Centre Chorégraphique National de Rillieux-La-Pape and performs with the company internationally. She is one of the founding members of LIEUES, an experimental art space in Lyon, and of Rodéo, an interdisciplinary magazine for academic and artistic research.