Rencontre avec Pierre Pica
Émilie Rousset / John Corporation
Through Emilie Rousset’s work on documentary sources, especially on specialists’ speech, she has collected and recorded an organic material of theatrical research that explores all the possibilities for their implementation on stage. For the past three years, she has established a dialogue with linguist Pierre Pica, a former student and collaborator of Noam Chomsky. Over the past fifteen years, Pica has worked with the Munduruku, an indigenous people living in the Amazon rainforest. Pierre Pica studies their language and more specifically their relationship with numbers, as they have a system of approximative counting that fascinates him. From these conversations with him, Emilie Rousset draws material for a performance interpreted by Emmanuelle Lafon and Manuel Vallade.The actors re-interpret these exchanges, in turn hilarious, scholarly and uncanny, in a device that plays with the aperture between the document and its representation. Linguistic issues resonate with the theatrical voice.The process of scientific research merges with that of writing the play.The coarse-grained and approximate world of the Munduruku invades the theatre stage.