Theatre, urbanism, documentary and science fiction
Documentary theatre (2013)
A team of participatory urban planners, a theatre troupe comprising professionals and residents of the municipality of Loos-en-Gohelle, the documentary filmmakers of Atelier Limo, but above all a mining landscape and legacy dating back over a century. This was the setting in which the project Mine Utopia came into being.
“People never walked on the moon… But I have seen aliens. They landed over there, at the foot of the slag heap!”
Over the course of several weeks, we gathered numerous testimonials from local residents on the mining past of this region in northern France. We then used this documentary material to imaging an apocalyptic science fiction scenario in which residents could record messages for future generations in a capsule.
The show/installation, a combination of theatre, science fiction and documentary, was produced for the festival “Les Gohéliades 2014”.